Tuesday 6 September 2016

There is No Rift Between Gov Udom Emmanuel and Sen Godswill Akpabio - Political Adviser

Anietie Etuk
The Special Adviser to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State on Political and Legislative Affairs, Rt Hon Anietie Sunday Etuk, has dismissed a rumour that there is a rift between Governor Udom Emmanuel and his predecessor, Senator Godswill  Obot Akpabio. Etuk who made the clarifications in a media parley over the weekend in Uyo, said such insinuations by some local tabloids were products of perverted logic dismissing any reports of strained relationship between the duo. He warned Akwa Ibom people against falling victims of such mischief. The special adviser said there was no need for the governor to quarrel with his predecessor as that would not benefit the people of the state. 

"There is no reason for Governor Udom Emmanuel to quarrel with his predecessor. Why should he quarrel with him? When did attending a LG chairman's child dedication become a state event? If people are waiting for Udom and Akpabio to fight, then they will be waiting endlessly"- the political adviser quipped.
Reacting to another publication by a certain local tabloid that Gov Emmanuel was summoned by the Akpabio's family to a meeting in Abuja and was humiliatingly ordered to stand throughout the duration of the purported meeting, as well as being forced to denounced a second term in office, the political adviser described the allegations as phoney which only provoke at best, angry laughter. He added that the allegations are purely for the purpose of causing mischief. According to him, " There is a report in a local tabloid that Gov Udom Emmanuel was summoned by the Akpabio's family to Abuja and was made to stand throughout the meeting answering questions. This is quite mischievous and a very stupid report. Senator Akpabio and the entire Akpabio's family have respect for the office of the governor and would not subject the governor to such treatment".
On the issue of a second term in office for the governor, Etuk stressed that it was too early to talk about the governor's second term because the Udom Emmanuel led administration was barely a year and few months in office. "I want to make it very clear that we are just one year and some months in office and there is no responsible government that would begin to talk about a second term now", the political adviser submitted.
He said the governor was preoccupied with doing his best to ensure that his dreams and aspirations for the people of the state are actualized in spite of the dwindling financial situation facing the state.
The former speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, further posited that, it is not the governor that will say he would run for a second term, rather it will be the majority of Akwa Ibom people that would tell him to go for a second term after they must have seen what he has been able to achieve within his first term in office.
Similarly, the special adviser to the governor on political and legislative affairs, Rt Hon Anietie Etuk, has commended the G22 members for their resilience, altruism and love for the state by throwing their full weight behind the incumbent Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel. He said the necessary lessons must have been learnt by the G22 members after the last elections and it is obvious that Nigeria is evolving democratically.
To the few remaining members of the opposition and those who may still feel aggrieved about the outcome of the last general elections in the state, the special adviser pleaded with them to sheath their sword and join the Udom Emmanuel administration in the development of the state. " if your struggle is about service to our people and dear state, it is time to come together and channel all resources towards the development of the state", Mr Etuk opined.
He added that the governor was irrevocably committed to the protection of all, including the opposition in the state as political inclusion is one of the cardinal points of the Udom Emmanuel administration.
The special adviser accordingly dismissed as unfounded and imaginatively contrived, a report in a local tabloid that the visit of the G22 members to the governor may have been financially induced.

No comments:

Post a Comment