Contrary to his claim that he was yet to decide whether or not to accept the controversial wedding gifts presented to him and his wife by Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, hip pop musician, Tuface Idibia, has taken delivery of the controversial car.
A photograph (above) released today by the Akwa Ibom state government, showed the musician and wife, taken delivery of the car. Only one car was shown in the photograph.
A source within the Akwa Ibom State Government said Mr. Akpabio had to hurriedly deliver the car to avoid the humiliation that might come from the musician rejecting the gift.
“The governor didn’t want to allow time and space for critics to convince the musician to reject the gift,” the source said. “He believes that might dent his image.”
Mr. Akpabio had stunned guests at the wedding of the celerity couple with the announcement of a donation of two brand new Toyota Prado SUVs to them.
The lucky couple are also to have 29 delegates from Akwa Ibom State attend their star-studded white wedding in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate, UAE, courtesy of the governor.
The Eket-Ibeno Road, which has remained in a bad state for a long time, is to be fully rehabilitated before the next child dedication ceremony of the couple, the governor said.
The gifts triggered condemnations by some Nigerians who consider them as outrageous and Governor Akpabio as profligate in the management of public funds.
But speaking to PREMIUM TIMES Sunday morning, Tuface said the cars were yet to be delivered and that he would only decide what to do with them after they arrived.
“The governor made a promise, when the cars come, we will decide whether to accept them or not,” the musician said through his spokesperson, Bola Omisore. “We cannot take a decision on the basis of a promise that is yet to be fulfilled.”
Asked to comment on the widespread criticism that has trailed the presentation of the gift to Tuface and his wife, Mr. Omisore said he and his clients were not aware of any criticisms over the cars.
On whether it is appropriate for the musician to accept the gift when the funds used in buying them could be used in solving some of the numerous developmental challenges in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Omisore said, “No comment”.