Akpabio, Etiebet trade blames over Jonathan’s election loss

Former Governor Godswill Akpabio

Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, and a former Minister of Petroleum, Don Etiebet, have traded blames over the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s loss at the presidential polls Saturday.

Mr. Etiebet had while reacting to Muhammadu Buhari’s emergence as president-elect blamed Mr. Akpabio for President Goodluck Jonathan’s defeat.

But Mr. Akpabio described the former minister’s allegation as “strange, baseless and mischievous” saying Mr. Etiebet should tell the world what he did to ensure the PDP won the presidential election.

The governor, who reacted through his Chief Press Secretary, Anietie Ukpe, accused Mr. Etiebet of being a fifth columnist in the ranks of the PDP.

The former minister, who is also a member of the PDP Board of Trustees, said he has been vindicated about the concerned he expressed against Mr. Akpabio’s overwhelming influence on Mr. Jonathan.

When he discovered a crack in the party structure, Mr. Etiebet said he tried to get access to Mr. Jonathan but Mr. Akpabio would not allow him or other well-meaning persons from the state to see the president.

Mr. Etiebet, therefore, attributed the failure of Mr. Jonathan to retain the presidency to a rebellion against the PDP, adding that half of the votes that gave Mr. Buhari victory came from states controlled by the party.

He, however, described Mr. Jonathan’s timely actions in congratulating Mr. Buhari and conceding defeat as “a new beginning for the country’s politics”.

Mr. Etiebet also described the outcome of the elections in which the incumbent president lost to an opposition candidate as “historic.”

“I will also like to say that it was not APC winning. It was not PDP losing. Do you know that from the analysis, the total number of votes lost by PDP controlled-states was more than half of the total number of APC winning votes?” Mr. Etiebet asked.

“You can analyse what happened by yourself. You will discover that somebody was misled somewhere, somehow; attention was not paid by the PDP hierarchy and the people had to rebel.

“This is a rebellion against the party, including myself. I did everything to let them know that they were on a wrong course, but my governor (Mr. Akpabio) tried to bring local politics to national level; that he will not allow anybody else access to the president and to the leadership of the party.

“And by God’s grace, I have been vindicated today. It is the PDP that lost the election.”
The former minister predicted that the April 11 gubernatorial election across the country would witness similar act of rebellion.

Also speaking, the state’s APC governorship candidate, Umana Umana, said he was happy his party won the presidential election.

“I am happy that my party, APC, is behind the wind of change blowing across Nigeria. With Buhari, the era of impunity has finally come to an end,” Mr. Umana said.

“The moment is historic for Nigeria. Buhari has character; he has what is required to turn Nigeria round, politically and economically.”

In a reaction, Mr. Akpabio said instead of apportioning blames, the most dignified thing Mr. Etiebet should have done would be to tell the disappointed members of the PDP what he (Etiebet) did to ensure the party’s victory in the presidential polls.

Mr. Akpabio said, “This is the case of the man who set his seat on fire in the theatre and ran out shouting fire! fire! fire!!!

“It is noteworthy that he has described the victory of APC as ‘exciting’ which indicates that he was a fifth columnist in the ranks of the PDP.

“His claim that Governor Akpabio stopped him from seeing President Jonathan is equally strange, given the fact that the President had always kept an open door to all members of the Board of Trustees of the PDP.”

Mr. Akpabio said his commitment to the PDP has never been doubt, adding that if there were as many people with the same level of commitment, the story would have been different.


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  • imagine_2012

    You guys should move on.

  • Maitama Tambari

    Non of the above personalities are to be blame. President JONATHAN and Ndigbos who boxed him are to be blame. President JONATHAN lost this election in 2011 when Ndigbos paid him a congratulation visit for the 2011 election and President JONATHAN said to the whole world that it was the Ndigbos that elected him. This time around, the other major tribes, Hausa, Yoruba, Fulani and others made a statement to President JONATHAN with their votes. GMB secured 12 million votes in 2011 when President JONATHAN secured over 20 million when card readers was not in effect. In 2015, with card readers which moderated rigging, President-elect secured 15 million votes and President JONATHAN secured 12 million. The spread is obvious as a statement to out going President. Four zones against two.

  • HAMZA

    Egocentric and people of no-political value.
    At two different times Buhari had (in the past) courted Igbo people (Late Okadigbo and Ume Ezeoke) as running mates at the time the yorubas were in the virile opposition and not in the mainstream political platform: The south-east and the south-south politicians scattered and squandered that courted union because of their individual egocentric traits: Later they joined hands with Jonathan who had claimed that it was them (the Igbo) that gave him victory in 2011: Now that Jonathan has lost to another mainstream political union of yorubas and hausa/Fulani: I now doubt where Igbo people will be, for unlike the yorubas, they can never come together to give the mainstream political platform the desired or rewarding opposition!
    They have lost the golden opportunity at least for now!!!

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      ‘For now’?Forever ,bro

      • King Carlos

        Lool, igbos made a terrible mistake, at least we can understand the south south..even the itsekiris were smart to support Buhari.

  • tundemash

    Two rogues trading blames.
    Save your argument for una corridor for prison.

  • Guguru

    Well, Akpabio seems to be the next meal of the PDP wolves who live in the dark. These PDP wolves intend to eat Akpabio alive any time from now.

  • agbobu

    AND THE PDP IS JUST BEING A VERY BAD LOSER. THEY ARE SO DAZED AND CAN NOT COMPREHEND WHAT HAS HIT THEM. PATIENCE JONATHAN TOLD US THAT PDP WILL RULE FOR 60 YEARS. FROM GOVERNMENT TO OPPOSITION BOTH IN THE EXECUTIVE AND IN THE UPPER HOUSE AND REPRESENTATIVES. THE APC NOW HAS MORE THAN 70% OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES THE REALITY NOW IS THAT GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND HIS GANG OF VERY INCOMPETENT, VERY INEPT, VERY SELFISH AND VERY CORRUPT TEAM, WILL NOW BEGIN TO LICK THEIR SELF INFLICTED MORTAL WOUND. NOW THEY WILL START RUNNING AROUND LIKE HEADLESS CHICKENS BLAMING EVERY OTHER PERSON BUT THEMSELVES. THE LAWS OF THE LAND AND VERY DUE LEGAL AND DILIGENT PROCESSES WILL KICK IN WHEN THEIR IMMUNITIES EXPIRE. IF YOU CAN NOT DO THE TIME THEN DO NOT DO THE CRIME PATIENCE JONATHAN ‘THERE IS GOD OHO!!!’

    • Ahmad

      Agbabo, how can u be this unserious? Do u think Patience Jonathan knows the difference between 60 and 16?

  • Habeeb Adewale Mustapha

    I cannot wait to see the Brand New EFCC! With independent powers and funding. Some people go do Umaru Dikko!!!

  • Desmond

    President elect Buhari, I have my receipt of money I deposited into your campaign train, I’m not asking you to give me job Or favor me in any way, I have been in your campaign train for long, this is what i ask for, AIG Mbu, and Ogar of DSS most be of history, they are corrupt officer, they failed in their duty, Rigging that involved foyose most be look into, the army chief, the captain should returned back home

    • tundemash

      Your request is very mild and reasonable ! You are too nice. I will ask them to be tied to a car and dragged around.

  • yeko

    Don, God himself created confusion in your camp to deliver the masses from the claw of death. No matter what you try, it would have been in vain.

    You have not seen anything yet. By the time you wake up April 12, PDP will not be significant again in Nigeria political landscape.

  • Thebeloved

    Fighting yourselves will not make any predictable progress, get back to the kitchen and re-organise yourselves if you can to now stand as opposition against APC in order to check them when they are going wrong

  • egoigwe

    What’s the point to crying over spilt milk like spoilt brats? These feuding politicians should do well and grow up, nobody gives a hoot about their crocodile tears.

  • Bassey Eniang

    I join this discourse as a citizen of Akwa lbom state and advise that in the interest of our state and people, all political leaders should bury their differences and work hard to ensure that we are aligned and well represented in the new Federal Government to be inaugurated on May 29th, 2015. That is the bottomline! Whether we like it or like it, President Goodluck Jonathan and party he leads, PDP are gone, at least till 2019.. no argument about that!

    Going forward, we must be proactive, act smart, be tactical and strategic in our actions. Our political leaders including the outgoing Governor, HE Akpabio, the Hon former Minister of Petroleum, Mr Etiebet should follow the example of Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu’s and sacrifice their personal and political ambition and interest. For the next four years at least, our Government and people must recognize the new political reality that has been thrown up and align with the new RULING PARTY, THE APC. Like it or like it, PDP is not the ruling but the opposition party.

    So, what game do we play now? Everybody in Akwa lbom State must rally round Umana Okon Umana and ensure that he forms and leads the Government in our state till 2019 at the very least! This is what providence has thrown up and we will be intelligent not to fight but use the opportunity thrown up. Your Excellencies, Governor Akpabio and Hon Etiebet should jointly sponsor a meeting between Umana Okon Umana and Udom Emmanuel, where the only object is, to negotiate an agreement that will ensure that the interest of our state is secured such that we continue to enjoy seamlessly, the support and patronage of the Federal Government. The money and opportunities flow from there! Already Gov Donald Duke (also of the PDP)and his wife have gone to greet the President Elect. Our leaders should do the same immediately. Ondo state Governor who rallied the Yoruba to endorse President Jonathan’s re-election, Babangida Aliu, Niger State Governor and three other Governor’s cleverly stayed away from the PDP Governors’ meeting with President Jonathan. Mark my word, they will later surface to pay allegiance to the President elect and his new ruling party. We should be there now, led by Umana Okon Umana and other political leaders of our state including the two in this report. If Governor Akpabio is busy, he should send a personal representative.

    If Gov Akpabio acts on the counsel and advice herein contained, he would established himself as one our greatest political leaders who sacrificed personal ambition and interest, whilst putting his people interest and benefit before his. Same will be true of Hon Etiebet!