The PDP defended the Akwa Ibom Governor.
The Akwa Ibom Governor has been criticised by residents of his state and civil society groups for his seemingly extravagant donations largely to people who are already wealthy. Some of the spending of the governor that have been condemned include his decision to use state funds to sponsor 20 people to the wedding of Nigerian singer and multi-millionaire, 2face Idibia, in Dubai; and his decision to donate a brand new SUV to the couple. Others include the purchase of bullet proof customized cars at exorbitant rates and unsolicited donation to PDP leaders.
He also recently donated N230 million on behalf of PDP Governors at a program for Otuoke, President Goodluck Jonathan’s hometown in Bayelsa; while many of the governors, who are having problems paying their workers’ salaries, said they were not consulted before the donation was made.
Mr. Akpabio’s critics accuse him of extravagance despite being unable to promptly pay workers salaries and the level of poverty in Akwa Ibom.
The governor’s party, the PDP, however, said there is nothing g wrong in the way the governor spends money.
“These spin doctors have continued to portray Akpabio’s genuine benevolence and kind heartedness in bad light, all in a desperate attempt to disparage him and cause a division in the PDP Governors’ Forum,” the PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, said in a statement on Saturday.
Mr. Metuh also said there is nothing wrong in Mr. Akpabio helping to mobilize PDP members who came for the party’s South South zonal rally.
“The N1 million Akpabio donated to each of the six state chapters of the PDP in the South South was not for an individual but to provide welfare for over 500 delegates from each of the chapters, who travelled all the way to Port Harcourt, River State capital for the rally,” he said.
The PDP said every single donation by Mr. Akpabio has been on issues, extolling the values of Akwa Ibom to care for humanity.
“However, in their desperation and traditional homage to deceit, propaganda, and lies, the opposition has become completely blinded to the truth,” he said.
The PDP spokesperson said instead of taking a cue from Mr. Akpabio, the opposition chieftains have become lapdogs to their godfather to whom they channel resources meant for the development of their states.
“While Akpabio is using his resources for the benefit of the people, other Nigerians who have made themselves tin gods and emperors are busy appropriating state funds while converting the property of the state to personal belongings in their gullibility and blind quest for material acquisition,” he added.