By Uko Edet |
An associate of former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Ata Ikiddeh, has joined the retinue of analysts who believe that the exit of Senator Godswill Akpabio from the Peoples Democratic Party has increased the pace of development in the State.
Taking to his Social Media page on Facebook, Mr. Ikiddeh, a Special Assistant on Projects Monitoring to the former Governor, corroborated other analysts who had earlier posited that Akpabio’s excessive personal demands may have derailed the spate of developments under the leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
A socio-political commentator, Dr. Ekemini Okonnah had alleged that Senator Akpabio made outrageous demands from the Governor, and also exerted relentless influence which likely hampered the pace of development under the governor, and agreed that the ‘uncommon defection’ put an end to such undue influence.
Mr Ata Ikiddeh on his part admitted that most of the issues that were pending, are now getting speedily resolved as more retired workers and others have received their outstanding retirement benefits.
He also cited the recent utility vehicles given to the local government chairmen and royal fathers, saying it was clear that the Governor was doing more than he had been doing before.
“On August 8th 2018 Senator Akpabio declared , “Let My People Go!” , and defected to the APC and as predicted by the Senator, Governor Udom responded with such magnanimity and uncommon generosity not seen in years.”
Ikiddeh who is said to have been barred from practicing law after being nabbed in unwholesome activities at the Nigerian Law School in 1988 class, was University classmate of Senator Godswill Akpabio.
Mr Ikiddeh said further that, “the Overflow Have Caused The Following To Miraculously Happen Since Senator Akpabio Defected To The APC (even though the State Government keeps denying it).
He listed that incentives went to government workers, while former councilors received their severance packages.
He also announced that three weeks after the defection, the state witnessed constitution of more boards and parastatals, while civil servants were paid their outstanding emoluments.
“Two months after Akpabio’s defection, gratuities up to 2015 have been fully paid by the State Government.” Mr Ikiddeh added.
It could be recalled that Ata Ikiddeh earlier this year, reportedly submitted a proposal of a monthly budget of N5m to the Akwa Ibom State Government to promote its projects and programmes on his facebook account, a proposal with may have been dumped in a trash can.