Is it true that Godswill Akpabio alone cornered 34 out of 54 appointments that he influenced to his senatorial zone? His angry senatorial campaign manager who said he was not taken into confidence over the defection has opened up. The manager who addressed the rally at Ritman college said his defection would mean a liberation to the people of the area since according to him, out of the 54 appointments in the district, Akpabio got 34 appointments for the people of the local government area while Ikot Ekpene got only five.
Godswill Akpabio’s kinsmen seem to be in disarray after the defection to the rival political party he taught them to hate. Now, the people of Ikot Ekpene senatorial district in Akwa Ibom State have been split over the defection of former governor from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APP) with rival rallies being held in many of the local government areas of the district.
Similarly while Akpabio was being awaited at the Ikot Ekpene township for his defection, another group of people from the senatorial district gathered at Ritman College to denounce his defection while also reaffirming their support to Governor Udom Emmanuel.
According Emmanuel Ibok Essien, former deputy chief whip of the senate and founder of Ritman University, the resignation of Godswill Akpabio as senate minority leader was without the support of the people. He said the defection was a shameful act.
Essien who said he was the director general of Akpabio’s senatorial campaign expressed dismay that the former senate minority leader took the decision to defect without the courtesy of informing him and other dignitaries in the district maintaining that the people have withdrawn the endorsement and the support they had earlier given to Akpabio.
“Udom Emmanuel will be given 100 per cent support in 2019, since we heard that Akpabio was going to defect, it has been a shameful thing to us,’’ he said.
Essien who addressed the rally at Ritman college said his defection would mean a liberation to the people of the area since according to him, out of the 54 appointments in the district, Akpabio got 34 appointments for the people of the local government area while Ikot Ekpene got only five.
He maintained that Udom who is from Akwa Ibom south senatorial district of the state would serve for eight years since Akpabio from Ikot Ekpene senatorial district had also served for eight years.
Other speakers including serving commissioners such as the commissioner for science and technology, Nse Essien, and chairman of Ibom power company, Etido Inyang, as well as Sunny Ibuot, former chairman of Ikot Ekpene Local government, all denounced Akpabio’s defection while pledging their support to Governor Udom Emmanuel.
It was gathered that similar rallies were being held in all the local government headquarters in the senatorial district as a demonstration of the people against the defection of the former senate minority leader.