I am in Calabar. But my mind is in Benin where I just lost a brother in law and in Abuja where the Supreme Court would sit tomorrow to pronounce a verdict that would affect the fortunes of Calabar and the rest of Cross River State. I have commended the soul of my dear in law unto God’s caring hands.
Similarly, I have commended the fortunes of Cross River State unto God’s care.
Right now, my mind’s eyes have a clear view of the Supreme Court where tomorrow’s verdict would be delivered on the perjury suit against Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State. But I have never gone near the precincts of that court.
Nonetheless, I can see where Governor Ben Ayade and Barrister Joe Agi and their supporters are seating. Amazingly, Governor Ayade looks relaxed and unruffled. But his supporters look tensed up. Barrister Joe Agi looks agitated, almost like Governor Ayade’s supporters. I don’t know why. But that is what my mind has seen tonight.
I wish my mind could see the Judges and their judgment book. But they seem too busy and secretive. Clearly, they are trying to stay incorruptible. I won’t pry any further, lest I get accused of contempt of court. If that wasn’t the case, I would have divulged a strong instinct in me that indicates that Governor Ayade has every reason to stay as composed and confident as he looks. This instinct tells me that he won’t be unseated by the Supreme Court. My instinct is my mind.
Meanwhile, I appeal to fellow citizens and residents of Cross River State to be calm and peaceful tomorrow. Let’s not have a repeat of the kind of rascally scene we witnessed earlier, when a previous verdict was pronounced on this same suit.
Like my late Dad used to say in our native Ibil dialect, “politics agba shang”. In other words, politics is not a boxing bout. Yes, politics is a game. But it isn’t brutish. It isn’t warfare. Let fair play rule this important and thoughtful game in Cross River State, after tomorrow’s eagerly awaited verdict.
- Cornel Ellah