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Friday, November 2, 2018



Former Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio , has come on hard on former President Olusegun Obasanjo, describing him as politically spent and irritating.

The immediate past Governor also said that the former president has no reason to be welcomed in Akwa Ibom, describing him as an enemy of the state.

Chief Obasanjo made a surprised stopover in Uyo on a solidarity visit Governor Udom Emmanuel, where he described the Governor in superlative terms as a model in leadership. 

Obasanjo said after due investigations, he decided to go see things for himself, and added that the state had reasons to celebrate and thank God for good governance.

But in a swift reaction, Senator Akpabio through his media aide, Clement Ikpatt, described Obasanjo as "a grumpy old man who delights in frustrating anything good coming to Akwa Ibom State." 

Clement Ikpatt, who had previously served as Akpabio's Senior Special Assistant òn Diaspora Affairs, said "Sunday, October 28, 2018, a politically spent and an irritating former President without an ounce of electoral value, Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, has chosen to be in solidarity with Akwa Ibom State's worst ever governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel."

The former governor maintained that, Chief Obasanjo, "fought against our quest for resource control," and "wrote the obnoxious 200m Isobath law that continues to deprive Akwa Ibom State of a huge chunk of revenue from naturally endowed crude oil resource."

Akpabio who before now, always described Obasanjo as his godfather, stunned everyone by his u-turn, saying, "the worst he(Obasanjo) did was to cut us deep by giving away our land and out(sic) fellow Akwa Ibomites to Cameroon. Vengeance is the Lord's, may He recompense."

As if forgetting that he has previously hosted and acknowledged Obasanjo's role in his emergence as Governor, Akpabio said Obasanjo, "has no business setting foot in our land that he hates with a passion."

The Akwa Ibom State APC Leader also condemned Governor Emmanuel for hosting the former President to a lunch, describing it as "a solidarity of the grumpy with the clueless." 

Akpabio's view is echoed by the APC in Akwa Ibom who also said in a state that Obasanjo's endorsement of the Governor is inconsequential asking him to go to his own state, Ogun, to endorse the next Governor. 

Reacting to this, the State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party,  Comrade Ini Ememobong said those attacking Obasanjo, are the same people who ran to him for support when the odds were against them in 2007 and 2011.

The PDP spokesman said that their current posture contradicted their earlier position, when they used to prostrate before the former  president to win his fatherly blessings.


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