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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Akpabio's attack on PDP amounts to self ridiculing - Ex Diplomat

A retired diplomat, Dr Ifiok Thomas says former Governor Godswill Akpabio exposes himself to self ridicule each time he casts aspersion on the People's Democratic Party, PDP, because without the party, Akpabio would not have been what he has become in life.

Thomas who was reacting to Akpabio's comment in Nsit Atai against the PDP said, such comments only portrays the contradictory and moral dilemma the former Senate Minority Leader faces.

“Akwa Ibom people have benefited from the Federal Government through employment, projects, and social intervention programmes like N-Power and PDP did nothing for the state in 16 years", Akpabio was quoted to have said.

The former diplomat said, it was regrettable that Akpabio who rose from a Commissioner to become a Senate Minority Leader under the PDP, will forget so soon the platform God used to elevate him from grass to grace.

"How can Akpabio forget so soon the many appointees PDP gave Akwa Ibom? This is not politics, it's sickening. Ukana alone had many appointees. When Sen Anietie Okon was appointed Presidential Political Adviser, his own governor opposed it, and opted for Ahmed Gulag. He was scared that political forces from the state could prevent him from being the only cock. Chief Nduese Essien also suffered same fate. After merely one year as a minister despite his vast experience and track record,  he was schemed out by Akpabio", he said.

He explained that even though Akpabio seems to have forgotten history so soon, the PDP federal government appointed Barr. Mfon Usoro as DG NIMASA, Imaobong Inyang as NDDC Commissioner, Engr Etteh as Executive Director (ED) Projects, NDDC, Engr Udoh Mboso as NDDC Commissioner and Engr. Ukot Ukot was also Executive Director (ED) Projects, NDDC.

In his words, "Was Obonganwan Rita Akpan not a Minster under the PDP,  was Senator Helen Esuene not Minister for Environment, was Dr. Akon Eyakenyi not Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, was Dr Ime Okopido not Minister for Environment, and Chief Nduese Essien Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development? Were these not federal appointments under the PDP? Even Okobo has a professor who was appointed Minister of Science and Technology".


"Any good student of history will recall that Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Thompson was Board member, Cross River Basin Development Authority, Barr. Okpongette was in FCDA and how can Akpabio forget our very own Obong Ufot Ekaette who was Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF for eight good year? I recall Late Udo Utin was Chancellor, University of Jos, Late Effanga Okon Inyang RMAFC, Prince Udom Udo Ekpoudom was appointed Chairman, Federal Medical Center Nasarrawa  and Barr Uduak Ukpe as Secretary Sovereign Wealth Fund".

"How can Akpabio before becoming a "nationalist" forget Barr Matthew Ukpong, National Population Commission, and his friend Barr Dan Abia who was made MD, NDDC, Amb . Sam Edem, Chairman NDDC, Amb Etim Okpoyo became Nigerian Ambassador to Italy, Chief Assam Assam was appointed Nigerian Ambassador to Russia while Ambassador Dr. Etim Uye was appointed Nigerian Ambassador to Greece".

The Akwa Ibom born diplomat advised the former Governor to rather maintain a dignified silence and protect whatever reputation is left of him than continue to make himself and the state a subject of fun and ridicule all in the name of politics.

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