- Senator Godswill Akpabio has chided a former aide for criticising Governor Udom Emmanuel
- The ex-aide had called out the governor for allegedly misleading the people about a fertiliser repacking plant which was recently inaugurated
- He also said Emmanuel had dishonored Akpabio during the inauguration ceremony
- Akpabio, however, debunked the claims and urged the former aide to dwell on the impact of the plant, instead of on irrelevancies
Senator Godswill Akpabio (PDP-Akwa Ibom) has chided his former aide, Clement Ikpatt, for an attack he launched against the governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel, Premium Times reports.
In a recent Facebook post, Ikpatt had accused Emmanuel of inaugurating a fertiliser repacking plant in the state, during an event commemorating his third anniversary as governor, and not a production plant as the people were made to believe.
NAIJ.com gathers that Akpabio, who is also the immediate former governor of the state, had actually cut the tape to inaugurate the plant which is located in Abak local government area.
Ikpatt, who served as a special assistant on Diaspora affairs to Akpabio during the latter’s tenure as governor, wrote: “For the sake of emphasis, let me repeat that there is no fertiliser manufacturing or blending taking place at the Greenwell Technologies facility in Abak.
“Rather, what was commissioned is a dilapidating warehouse for the repackaging of bulk and finished fertilizer products.”
He also said the Emmanuel administration dishonoured Akpabio during the ceremony.
In his words: “Not only was Sen Godswill Akpabio deceived into commissioning a mere fertilizer repackaging warehouse, he was denied due honour, respect and standard practice of citing his name on the official plaque.”
However, in response, Akpabio’s media aide, Anietie Ekong, said that the governor’s name not being on the plaque was “inconsequential”.
He said: “Having served for about five years as a commissioner; eight years as governor of Akwa Ibom state, and presently a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he has engraved his name not only on plaques but the hearts and minds of the people particularly through his sterling performance as governor between 2007 and 2015 which brought uncommon transformation to Akwa Ibom state."
Akpabio further stated that it was a “great honour” to be invited by the governor to cut the tape.
He added: “Rather than dwell on irrelevancies, the larger picture of the Fertilizer Blending Plant providing employment for the teeming youth and boosting the economy of Akwa Ibom state when the plant comes fully on stream is what every lover of development should be concerned with.”
Ikpatt responded to the governor’s rebuke, stating: “Your statement is well noted and the existing cordial relationship between Senator Godswill Akpabio and Governor Udom Emmanuel is as it should be – mature, respected and applauded.”
However, he added: “I suggest that you note my constitutional right to speak freely, especially with regards to issues about my Akwa Ibom state. I take full responsibility and firmly stand by what I wrote.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Senator Godswill Akpabio threatened to withdraw his support for the re-election of Governor Udom Emmanuel in 2019.
Akpabio said his senatorial district, Akwa Ibom Northwest, had been marginalised by the present government because the projects there had not been completed while new ones had not been initiated.
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