In a rather retributive move, the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has given trite conditions to the incumbent governor, Udom Emmanuel, for him (Akpabio) to support him for a second term.
Akpabio, now a senator, gave the conditions at the annual get-together party, organized by the Deputy Governor, Chief Moses Ekpo, to fete the people of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, which he represents. Akpabio said, Emmanuel must correct the perceived current marginalization of his senatorial district, if he ever hopes to get his support. He said Emmanuel’s policies and programmes are discriminatory against the Ikot Ekpene geopolitical zone. He said specifically that, some of the projects embarked upon by his (Akpabio’s) administration, including the multi-million naira Four Points By Sheraton Hotel at Ikot Ekpene and the dualization of the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road, had been abandoned by Emmanuel. He said the completion of the projects would form part of the recommendations for Emmanuel’s re-election in 2019. Akpabio said: “2018 is less than one year to election. All is not well. Don’t allow anybody to deceive you that all is well. If the hotel in Ikot Ekpene rots after so much money had been expended on the project, would that be a good thing? That road from Uyo to Ikot Ekpene is still the way it was. In the 2018 budget, what is the percentage for Ikot Ekpene senatorial district? My job is to say the truth because if at this level I cannot say the truth, then I am not doing well. So please I want us to start the hotel because when the Commissioner for Works addressed the youths in August, he assured them that the hotel would be opened in December. Please let us check the budget to know what has been earmarked for that place. I am not interested in what I did and what I did not do. I am only interested in what I am going to do. The truth is that Godswill Akpabio expects us to set our path straight so that we can take one route. Even when you are going for communion, you must be in a state of grace. So let us have something from the senatorial district to use in talking about election, to use in convincing the people to stand by us. We are in opposition, we don’t have government, we don’t have police, we don’t have Independent National Electoral Commission.