…Deputy Governor Explodes
… Udom’s Aides from Ikot Ekpene Sen. Dist. Distance Selves From Akpabio
… He never told us – Enoidem
… Ikot Ekpene Sen. Dist. Fully with Udom – Ekarika
… Akpabio is a Trojan gift to APC – Ita Awak
By Saviour Ekpe
The defection of Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, Senator representing Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in the National Assembly, a Minority Leader and former Governor of Akwa Ibom state, has been seen by different sources in different ways.
While others have extended hands of followership to the Senate Minority leader and supported his defection from People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressives Congress (APC) on the grounds of expressing his fundamental human right of freedom of association enshrined in the Nigerian constitution, others have described Senator Akpabio’s defection as the pinnacle of betrayal and neck serving adventure initiated to cause political tension in the state that has remained peaceful since a man of God, Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel took over the mantle of leadership in 2015.
Sources claimed that Senator Akpabio crossed the carpet solely on personal interest in order to seek refuge in APC so as not to be arrested by EFCC since he has been under probe since 2015 following a series of petitions against him by Barrister Leo Ekpenyong and others which has made him to run to London and begged President Buhari for forgiveness in all his sins.
In the allegation, Senator Akpabio was alleged to have siphoned over N108 (one hundred and eight) billion of Akwa Ibom State funds while serving as Governor in the State from 2007 to 2015 using questionable means and channels. Senator Akpabio was alleged to have withdrawn N18 (eighteen) billion by fraud from Federal Account Allocation committee of the state in trenches of N10 (ten) million and above ; and has also been accused of spending over N50 (fifty) billion state funds during the last general elections as well as withdrawal of N18 (eighteen) billion from the state’s coffers under the pretext of special series, reception of guests and sundry items.
Recent media reports indicate that the former Governor is also under probe for allegedly acquiring several assets through surrogates including a Multi-Billion Naira Mansion at Plot 5, Ikogosi Spring Close, Off Katsina – Ala Crescent, Maitama, Abuja; A Multi-Billion Naira Mansion At Plot 28 Colorado Close, Maitama, Abuja; 22 Probyn Road, Ikoyi, Lagos; Plot 23 Olusegun Aina Street, Parkview, Lagos and a Multi-Billion Naira 25 – Storey Building at Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Meanwhile, some stakeholders from Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District have distant themselves from Akpabio’s desperate move stressing that he never consulted them before taking his defection decision. Our reporter authoritatively reports that Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem, PDP National Legal Adviser and strong political stalwart in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District allegedly said on Sunday that Senator Akpabio is running his personal project as he never consulted them before taking his decision.
In the same vein, Pastor Nicholas Ekarika, a retired Permanent Secretary of budget and political stalwart from the area has thrown his weight on the political future of Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, saying that Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District is fully and wholly intact for Governor Udom.
Another political key player in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District and former Chief Whip in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly who represented Ini State Constituency, Rt. Hon Chief (Elder) Dr. Chief Ukata Akpan, JP has said that it was not yet time for him to comment on certain political issues but empathized that as a political prophet, all that he predicted at Ikot Ekpene stadium have all come to fulfillment. So also, Governor Udom’s Aides from Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District have distant themselves from Senator Akpabio’s defection but still placing their loyalty to the Governor debunking the rumour that they would all decamp with Senator Akpabio.
According to sources, this is the same Akpabio who described President Buhari and his administration with all known and unknown derogatory adjectives. All Progressives Congress Youths Renaissance had in April last year demanded that the EFCC should step up its probe of Akpabio when Senator Akpabio made a remark against President Muhammadu Buhari in which he said that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has performed more than the APC – led Federal Government.
Senator Akpabio was also quoted to have said that “I can never join APC” for whatever reason because “APC is an amalgam business ventured managed by business boys” while the PDP is a political party. Bending today before the same president forgives, Senator Akpabio has displayed the highest level of cowardice according to Fami Kayode, former Minister of Aviation.
Meanwhile as the last minute response by the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Moses Ekpo on his alleged resignation to join Senator Akpabio in APC, Mr. Moses Ekpo has described such news as a mere rumour and fake. The deputy governor wondered how he should leave pro-active and workable government of PDP to an unknown destination, “I have no reason whatsoever to resign or jump ship from a government that is both responsive and performing optimally, while giving practical meaning to democratic dividends for the people of Akwa Ibom. I cannot, and will not jump ship”.
Also speaking, Engr. Ita Awak has described Senator Akpabio as a Trojan gift to APC and should not be seen as any good move in anyway. Ita Awak who said while filing question on inspiration FM said in as much as APC will not reject Akpabio but he would be dealt with caution.