A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah, has expressed doubts over the capacity of ex-governor of the state, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to ensure victory for the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state in 2019.
Akpabio, who quit as the Senate Minority Leader recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the APC.
Speaking in an interview with journalists in Lagos on Thursday, Attah said, “If APC manages to win Akwa Ibom today, it would be in spite of rather than because of Akpabio. This is because if you leave it to Akpabio, I really don’t believe APC can go far in Akwa Ibom State. This is what I know to be the situation.’’
He pointed out that the APC celebrated Akpabio at the national level and that it was a completely different story at the state level.
His words, “There is a saying in my hometown that ‘if you manage to cook a pot of soup, cover it properly because if you allow unworthy creatures like cockroaches, millipedes to crawl in, they make it sour.’ This may just happen to the APC at the state level. As an elder statesmen and an objective observer of what is going on in Akwa Ibom, there was a time I would have said that Akwa Ibom had become at least 80 per cent APC. I wouldn’t have been wrong.’’
The former governor also stated that there was a time the whole state was PDP and there were fights among the members, adding, “Suddenly, Akpabio came and many moved to the APC. But today, there are defections as many of them returned to the PDP. The APC in Akwa Ibom has to be careful otherwise they could turn their pot of soup completely sour by certain things they are doing.’’
According to him, at the national level, the PDP took a rookie first-time senator and gave him a ranking position.
He noted, “The leader of the opposition is the leader of that party in the Senate. You sang his praises and celebrated him. He leaves your party and you say he is a criminal and running away from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.”
Attah went on to urge President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue the lone Christian Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, still in Boko Haram captivity, as he moves to jail more looters.
Sharibu is still being held by Boko Haram terrorists on account of her religious belief.
The former Akwa Ibom governor said it was necessary for the President to secure the release of Leah in order to consolidate on his “feats” in his first term.
Newsworth recalls that President Buhari had upon his return to the country from a 10-day vacation in the United Kingdom on Saturday, vowed to jail more looters.The ex-governor added that the country is doomed if it is not urgently restructured to check the agitations across the country.