Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has dismissed any rift between him and his successor, insisting that Governor Udom Emmanuel’s eight years remain sacrosant.
Akpabio whose choice of words showed his disapproval of any form of division among his political allies said those representing the state at the National Assembly are fully behind the Governor and will stand by him to the end.
He was also quick to remind those that cares to listen that when Governor Emmanuel was thrown up, the plan was that he will do two terms and that arrangement, according to him, has not changed.
Akpabio said the speculated feud remains in the imagination of political jobbers who want to fan the embers of disunity in the state, lampooning those who are sowing seeds of discord by masquerading as the governor’s loyalists, describing them as fair weather friends who want to eat where they have not sown.
The former governor spoke at the weekend in Abuja at the 50th birthday celebration of the Special Adviser to the governor on Security matters, Captain Iniobong Ekong (rtd).
Governor Udom was represented by the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Uwemedimo Nwoko.
Both men described the retired army captain as a loyal and dependable hand, whose word is his bond.
The Senate minority leader therefore said it was a shame that those who benefitted from his generosity while in office as governor are now the ones trying to create division in the state, calling some people Akpabio boys and others as Udom boys. He also predicted that these same people will soon decamp to other party before 2018.
He said “please tell the governor that I said in the public, there is no shaking and that the three senators and ten members of the House of Representatives, are solidly behind him.
“Tell the governor that we love him and he should not listen to slanders and blackmails, that the state is intact for him and that we are proud of what he is doing.
“The thirteen of us will remain steadfast with him beyond 2019.”
He stressed that the mandate given to the governor was for two terms; we support what the governor is doing “we are not disappointed of him.”