By Aniema Akpabio, Uyo
Reactions have trailed a news report credited to the Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Godswill Akpabio and published on the social media platforms by his media aide-Jackson Udom.
The report quotes the former Senator in an interaction with a select group of so called APC journalists at his Ukana, Essien Udim country home, as making some wild and decidedly unsubstantiated allegations against Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Among the spurious and false statements credited to Akpabio was the one he was quoted to have stated that he was warned by the then PDP Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff and a phantom Bank MD, not to anoint Governor Emmanuel as his successor for fear that he would eventually be betrayed.
In a swift response, sources close to the Governor Emmanuel say Akpabio is delusionary and needs help.
They tore to shreds the Ali Modu Sheriff angle where he said the former PDP Chairman was in the State to receive his PhD Honoris Causa Degree during the period he (Akpabio) was contemplating handing over to Governor Emmanuel and had warned him to be wary of corporate titans because they always look down on politicians and that Governor Emmanuel will betray him in the course of time.
A call to the University of Uyo revealed that Ali Modu Sheriff as the PDP Chairman was not given any academic award by the institution.
“The National Chairman of the PDP during the 2015 gubernatorial elections was the former Bauchi State Governor, Adamu Muazu and not Modu Sheriff.
“Akpabio was simply inventing a lie as a result of his evil hatred for Governor Udom Emmanuel.”
Sources close to the Governor also dismissed the story as a function of an angry and bitter man who has fallen off the emotional hinges and truly needs help.
“Akpabio is evil, devilish and satanic who is not worth the attention of the Governor.
“Does he understand what constitutes betrayal? A Governor who went out of his way to show him undeserved respect, a Governor who tolerated his many protocol infractions and excesses, a Governor who bent over backwards to satisfy his insatiable monetary and contract demands?”
The source maintained that, “this was the basis Governor Emmanuel sometime in 2018, prayed during a church service that God should give him the kind of successor he was to Akpabio until, he defected to the APC on August 8th, 2018.
He went on further to say that, “Akpabio brought Udom Emmanuel from the private sector to destroy him but God disappointed his evil intentions and rather destroyed him politically.
“Don’t forget God used Pharaoh as devilish as he was to bring Joseph so why is Akpabio so taken in by ”I brought him” narrative?
“Did he not betray and tried to destroy politically the man who gave him a political life-line, former Governor Victor Attah?
“Akpabio has no moral bonafides to talk about betrayal, he saw the dynamics of the new Akwa Ibom politics during the last elections and the new feeling of national coalition and bridge-building which the burial of the Governor’s late Father represented and his anger and frustration continues to bite him harder leading him to manufacture lies and satanic assertions that cannot stand the scrutiny of truth and facts.
“Akpabio indeed needs help urgently”, the source concluded