Akpabio’s kinsmen disown him over Attah, Etiebet; say poverty ravaging Akwa Ibom

Governor Godswill Akpabio

Political leaders from Essien Udim Local Government, the home town of Akwa Ibom State’s Governor Godswill Akpabio, have condemned him over his alleged disrespect and disloyalty to his predecessor, Victor Attah, and one of the state’s elders and chieftain of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Don Etiebet.

The Essien Udim Council of Political Affairs, an umbrella platform for all political leaders from the area, said in a statement Saturday that it completely dissociates itself from disrespectful utterances credited to Mr. Akpabio against the senior citizens and other political leaders in the state.

The governor has consistently criticized those opposed to his ambition to select his successor, declaring that nobody in the state, including the elders, would stop him from realizing his objective come 2015.

He is quoted to have said that any aspirant in the forthcoming governorship race in 2015 in the state who does not receive his blessings would be deemed to have entered the race through the backdoor and deserves to die.

But the Council, in a statement issued by its President, Aniefiok Akpan, at the end of its General Meeting at Afaha Ikot Ebak, headquarters of Essien Udim Local Government Area, said such utterances by the governor is capable of pitching him against elders in the state.

Although it noted the infrastructural development effort of the state government, the Council drew attention to several other parts of the state, including Essien Udim, yet to experience any form of transformation.

“Council notes the high rate of hunger and poverty in Akwa Ibom State, and advises that His Excellency, Chief Godswill Akpabio, releases funds into the state economy through payment of salaries to civil servants and debt to local contractors,” the council said in a statement.

The Council said its position followed several consultations with elders, women and youth of the Local Government on the current political developments regarding the forthcoming PDP primaries for the 2015 governorship election in the State.

He said Council was worried that the rising political tension in the state could escalate to a point where the entire political process, peace and governance in the State could be disrupted, if not checked.

“Chief Godswill Akpabio’s utterances, the Council wishes to point out, represent his opinion as a person and as a governor, and by extension his government, and that those utterances do not have the backing of Essien Udim people who are generally peaceful and respectful of elders,” the Council said.

The Council sent its apologies to Mr. Attah, former Minister Etiebet, and governorship aspirants and political leaders, including former Secretary to the State Government, SGF, Umana Umana, Samuel Akpan, Bassey Akpan, Ime Umanah and Nsima Ekere.

According to the Council, the apology was necessary in view of the humiliation they suffered in Mr. Akpabio’s hands, in spite of their individual and collective political investments on him that took him to where he finds himself today in the politics of the State and Nigeria.

Calling on the governor to refrain from any further public utterance or action that could deepen the political and ethnic tension in Akwa Ibom State, the Council said he should rather see himself as a leader and father to all, and desist from endorsing, funding and campaigning for any of the PDP governorship aspirants in state.

Mr. Akpan urged the governor to immediately initiate a process for genuine reconciliation among Ibibio, Annang, Oro and other ethnic groups in the state, as well as the different political factions within PDP to ensure a peaceful and orderly poll next year.

But the political rift between the governor and his opponents appeared to have heightened tension in political circles in the state after Mr. Akpabio described Mr. Etiebet as ignorant, following his criticism of his management of the state’s resources.

Mr. Etiebet had cited the monthly allocations from the federation account to Akwa Ibom to buttress his assertion about the state’s abundant wealth.

He also accused the governor of making a mess of the federation account through “extreme profligacy, arbitrary and non-budgetary spending, awards of inflated contracts and without due processes, lack of accountability in budget implementation, lack of information and transparencies on total receipts of revenues from all sources and other financial recklessness”.

Making reference to allegations by the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who said that the state’s resources were poorly managed, Mr. Etiebet described the governor’s claim of “uncommon infrastructural development in Akwa Ibom” as nothing but “uncommon propaganda for the uninformed”,

The former Minister of Petroleum Resources said Mr. Akpabio’s determination to install his successor by shutting the party’s doors against his perceived political enemies was a clever ploy to cover his tracks.


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  • tulampa

    I wonder if EFFC are reading these. Anyway he’s a friend to Jonathan nothing will happen.

  • Activityman

    Only weeks ago, Akpabio boasted and gloated of being celebrated by Nigerians and Akwa Ibom people, just for him to be disowned by his Kinsmen. Beware of Uncommon Akpabio!

  • felix

    mr akpabio has now bcome god in akwa lbiom, yeye de smell

  • Okon Okorie

    This group is fake and the name is fake. There is nobody like this in Essien Udim. This is the handiwork of one Iboro Otongaran who comes from Oruk Anam is managing publicity for Umana Okon Umana and Don Etiebet under a company called Pro-Data. It is pure mischief. How come no electronic media or national newspaper carried the news. Leave me ojare with lies, damned lies and damned bloody lies.

  • Damilola

    Aribisala what of Kanu’s Biafra Saga? I guess the man didn’t meet the bail terms, and if he does, why is he still under fire. The trend this govt is taking is a laughable pity of an imbecile. You wish he gets better but can’t stop laughing on one side by his actions and at the same time you feel worried. What is the rush in prosecuting a thief u claimed to have caught with Ak-47 and his loots? is that not enough evidence to chill and watch the judiciary do her work if your claims are right? Is someone even reading the bail terms given and complied by Dasuki? How can he run away under such terms for goodness sake? It baffles me how this govt thinks. Worse still they take the over 170m populace for fools or in the worse sense Almajiri, who sees nothing and says nothing, accept and download whatever they say. Maybe Buhari is suffering from this syndrome cos of his background. But he’s not the only one taking us for granted for goodness sake, even the ones in the south talk like a lobster often times. Or do do one with an intact human brain agree with this form of media prosecution? We’ve concluded our investigations, later we’re holding him back cos of our ingoing investigation( same language used in both Dasuki and Kanu’s case) are these people high on soak-away snuffing or what?. What an height of a clueless govt. I knew it when this man came on board, God purposely gave him to us to see his best(which we’re experiencing now), if not if he had died without being a president, some certified illiterates would have written and suggested “Buhari is the best president Nigeria neva had”

    • Julius

      One day, you will be proud enough to answer your father’s name. !. Hope soon .

  • Amir

    Satanic verses: A continuation of the Buhari and Tinubu thesis by the hate obsessed author.

  • abc

    Old man! go and die

    • ASA

      There is no one that will not die. If the man dies now, it is alright, but I pray people that abuse old age should not die young.

  • Julius

    Hahahahaha, this same man endorsed Jonathan after the 6 years of lack of direction and impunity > Now he wants us to believe he is on the side of the law. Go sidon jor !

  • gbenga

    For a professor who can’t think with his head ,he needs to be taking yaba left side before it is too late.

  • Who will rescue us from the tyrant in Aso Rock? A revolution is needed.

    • ASA

      Only clean hands and not being found to be corrupt can do this.

  • ninja

    If the President has pronounced him or any other so acused , there would have been no need to take him to court. Now Dasuki wants to travel abroad for treatment. I have seen that every accused man standing trial for corruption must take advantage of the court to evade justice. Can’t he be treated in Nigeria. You would say he has a right abi? He shd concentrate in defending himself than playing legal antics.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Femi Aribisala,sounds very naive and out of commonsense with this idiotic write-up.Femi Aribisala is a well known PDP former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as his support for the corrupt-ridden PDP knows no bound.All looters,thieves and embezzlers of our national assets and funds must face prison term and their properties confiscated by the Federal Government of Nigeria.