Many people outside politics often assume that there are always fights and quarrels among politicians around the world, but they always have disagreements when their interests are no longer protected.
This scenario could be adduced to what is playing out between two principal stakeholders in the South-South geo-political zone, Senator Florence Ita Giwa and the incumbent governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade. Few weeks back, some elements from the Bakassi stead, purportedly sponsored by the government of Ayade, staged a massive protest against the foremost women politician, alleging certain misdemeanours on the side of Mama Bakassi in the affairs of the now ceded Bakassi zone to neighbouring country, Cameroon. The protesters hinged their protest on the fact that Ita Giwa has been using her position to maximize some financial benefits that accrued to them from the Bakassi fiasco. Ditto, Ita Giwa was to react to the protest as a handout from the CRS governor, Ben Ayade, claiming that the governor is simply after her through the sponsored protest, because she exposed him over the Bakassi Relief materials, that were not judiciously disbursed, and primarily because they now belong to different political parties. Ita Giwa made this known at a recent press conference. “I would like the public to know that Gov. Ben Ayade, a man whose election I supported has been sending menacing text messages to me warning me of the consequences of involving the Nigerian Media and Nigeria Police in the uncovering of the diversion of the relief materials I sourced from the National Refugee Commission for victims of a fire outbreak in Dayspring Island, Bakassi by unscrupulous state officials,” Ita Giwa alleged. Ita-Giwa has vowed to explore all avenues possible to retrieve the alleged diverted federal relief materials for those Bakassi internally displaced persons (IDPs).