Nationwide Akwa Ibom ex-deputy gov, Ekpeyong threatens to expose Akpabio’s secret deals
Former Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Dr Chris Ekpenyong, has threatened to would come out with damning records of former governor Godswill Akpabio’s secret deals if he (Akpabio) continued in his campaign of calumny against him.
Akpabio, the immediate past governor of the state, had alleged that Ekpenyong advised him to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
However, speaking with leaders and coordinators of one of his support groups, the Ekpenyong Volunteer Movement, in Uyo at the weekend, the ex-deputy governor described the allegation as a baseless and a self-serving attempt to score a cheap political point.
He stated that Akpabio’s blackmailing antics occurred because the PDP stakeholders in the state have taken a decision to enrol him as a consensus candidate to battle him and erase the sad chapter of years of underdevelopment and misrepresentation of the zone at the national level.
Ekpenyong said, “It sounds childish that someone of that level should make this kind of baseless allegation simply because I am challenging him for the mandate we willingly gave to him in 2015, which he threw away because of selfish interest.
“Assuming someone gave Akpabio that kind of advice and agreed, it means someone can ask him to go and jump into the river and he would obeyed? If he continues to attack me, I will unleash his records of secret deals.”
He added that it was time for the electorate to be in the lead of rescuing Akwa Ibom and Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District from Akpabio’s years of subjugation and underdevelopment.
“I am happy that generally, people know Akpabio to be an uncommon liar; he cannot continue to fool everybody all the times with his lies. I want to implore all of you to go back to your various local governments to begin your campaign for effective change in our zone,” he added.
Meanwhile, a senatorial aspirant for Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot-Ekpene) in the 2019 general elections, Chief Inibehe Okori, has described Akpabio as his junior in politics, recalling that he defeated him in the 2015 general elections but was robbed of victory in favour of Akpabio.
Addressing newsmen over the weekend in Uyo, he stated that Akpabio was declared the winner in 2015 with the help of the then federal security agencies and expressed confidence that he would win the forthcoming senatorial election.
Okori said, “Akpabio was declared the winner with the help of the federal security agencies. I don’t want to condemn anybody, you are all aware that I won the election in 2015, and I will win again in 2019.
“Akpabio was an underdog to me in 2015, except he was being helped by the security agencies of the federal government.We don’t need to forget history, I’m here for business.”
‘’I have confidence in the credibility of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, having delivered successful elections in Ekiti, Anambra and the by-elections in Cross River and others.’’
He also that it was the turn of the Abak 5, which made up of Abak, Etim Ekpo, Oruk-Onam and Ukanafun local government areas to produce the next senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to him, “the party is going to stand by the recommendations of the Committee set up by former chairman of the party, Ahmadu Attai which had zoned the seat to Abak 5.
“You will recall that the former chairman of our party, Dr. Ahmadu Attai, set up a committee and that committee has recommended that it was the turn of Abak 5 to produce the next senator for the Akwa Ibom North West at the National Assembly.”
He maintained that aspirants for the senate position who are not from Abak federal constituency do not work for the progress of the party and the people as their quest undermined the rotation policy for the seat in the area.
Inibehe further said that he was among the few who stood their ground against the PDP in order to build and strengthen the APC at its formative stage in the state and promised to use his wealth of experience to build the capacity of his people if elected.
He added that it was yet to be seen whether Akpabio’s entry into the APC would benefit the party or not.”