- Senator Akpabio said the Akwa Ibom state governor has failed his people
- He said the governor’s failure forced him to defect to the APC to correct the anomaly for posterity to be fair on him
- Akpabio added that imposing the current state governor as his successor is his greatest mistake that must be corrected in 2019
Former Senate minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, has expressed regrets for what he called “imposing” the Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel, on the people of the state.
Apologising before a crowd at Ikot Ekpene Plaza, Akpabio, who returned from his mother-in-law’s burial at Enugu on the evening of Sunday, August 19, said Emmanuel was the greatest mistake he made in a hurry and asked to be forgiven, The Punch reports.
Akpabio, who represents Akwa Ibom Northwest in the Senate, added that Emmanuel “is a mistake that must be corrected in 2019.”
He said: “Udom (Emmanuel) is a mistake that must be corrected in 2019. All hands must be on deck to ensure that the mistake is corrected for a people-oriented leadership under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the centre.”
Akpabio said “Emmanuel’s administration has failed the people”, forcing him to take decisive actions to correct the anomaly for posterity to be fair on him.
He spoke of the prevalence of hunger and deprivation in Akwa Ibom state since the Emmanuel administration assumed power, adding that it was time for “holistic action” to liberate the state from the shackles of bad governance.
Akpabio had, in the run-up to the 2015 elections, declared Emmanuel, who was then Secretary to the State Government (SSG), next in line to succeed him, even when 26 aspirants jostled for the post.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that Senator Akpbio allegedly compared his defection to the APC and Nigeria’s forthcoming 2019 general elections with the historic 1940 invasion of Poland by Adolf Hitler’s Germany.
He said the 2019 election shall be a war which its victory shall be in his side and his new political party, Vanguard reports.
Conducting what he said was his first official function since he formally defected to the APC in a rally at Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa Ibom state, Akpabio said he chose an uncommon method for his defection because he was an uncommon transformer.
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