Hon. Friday Obonoh on Sunday 3rd April organized a get together for friends and well wishers after a glorious entry into his native town, Uyo the Akwa Ibom Capital; after being in political holidays for over five years. Coming from United Arab Emirates, the lavish party was preceded with thanksgiving service at No. 227, Nsikak Eduak Avenue at the iconic Insight Bible Church, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Friday Obonoh, who was a Councilor under the former administration of His Excellency, Obong Bassey Victor Attah, served the people of Oruk-Anam; and his tenure heralded many democratic dividends and projects for his people. His travails started after his intention to run for the chairmanship of Oruk-Anam Local Government in 2017. This did not go down well with power brokers in Akwa Ibom politics and forces bent on imposing their own candidate on the people of Oruk-Anam. This unpopular decision associated with violent political culture of the elite led to campaign of calumny, harassment and peddling of wrong information on mainstream and social media to discredit his candidature.
In an interview with Mr. Friday Obonoh, he said he has come to agree that politics in Africa is a dirty game and even if you have the noblest of ideas, you might not be given the opportunity to serve. He sighted the example of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo of blessed memory and Isaac Adaka Boro, to mention but few. “Politics in my state is based on political patronage and imposition of candidate against the wish of the people.” While he insisted on running for local government Chairman in 2017, he was set up by his political arc enemies in a grand agenda that promoted falsehood, outright slander, fictitious claims and empty moral gymnastics.
While encouraging young people to get involved in the 2023 election as a way of giving the dividends of democracy to the people, he used the opportunity to make case for a level playing ground and in an attempt to end to political intimidation that has pervaded the system. He stressed that the state is marred lately with a crisis in governance with massive human right abuses openly fermented by politicians against perceived enemies. He calls for end to impunity enjoyed by those responsible for these abuses that derive justice for its victims.
In his considered opinion, Hon. Friday Obonoh believes that the game of politics in any civilized society should be played according to set rules and not in situation where some elements within our political firmament would turn themselves to palace acrobats merely on the fringes of lunacy.