- Senator Godswill Akpabio seems to have been in the limelight in Akwa Ibom's politics since his defection
- Akpabio has reportedly been at loggerheads with a former deputy governor of the state, Dr Chris Ekpeyong, since his move
- Ekpeyong has vowed to unleash damning records of Akpabio’s secret deals if the former governor attacks him again
A former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom state, Dr Chris Ekpenyong, has vowed to unleash damning records of Senator Godswill Akpabio’s secret deals as governor, if he (Akpabio) continued in his campaign of calumny against him.
Akpabio, who has been in the news lately for his well-publicized defection, was alleged to have castigated Ekpenyong (his kinsman) that he deceived him into defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ekpenyong, who has been endorsed by the PDP elders and stakeholders to contest against Akpabio for the Akwa Ibom northwest senatorial seat, described the allegation as baseless and self-serving attempt to score a cheap political point.
His words: “It sounds childish that someone of that level should make this kind of baseless allegation simply because I am challenging him for the mandate we willingly gave to him in 2015, which he threw away because of selfish interest.
“Assuming someone gave that kind of advice and agreed, it means someone can ask him to go and jump into the river and he would obeyed? If he (Akpabio) continues to attack me, I will unleash his records of secret deals.”
Ekpeyoung made the comment while speaking with hundreds of leaders and coordinators of one of his support groups in Uyo, Ekpenyong Volunteer Movement, on Saturday, September 8, Punch reports.
He stated that it was time for the electorate to be in the lead of rescuing Akwa Ibom and the senatorial district from years of subjugation and underdevelopment, challenging them to erase the sad chapter of years of underdevelopment and misrepresentation of the zone at the national level.
“I am happy that generally, people know Akpabio to be an uncommon liar; he cannot continue to fool everybody all the times with his lies. I want to implore all of you to go back to your various local governments to begin your campaign for effective change in our zone,” he added.
Reacting, Akpabio’s media aide, Anietie Ekpong, said his boss could not have said such a thing. He asked if Ekpenyong could establish where Akpabio had been alleged to have made the remarks.
“I’m not aware of the statement alleged to have been made by my boss. This is politics season, so many rumours are flying about, especially from sources one cannot trace. If I may ask, where was the statement made? Was it at a press conference, release, interview, rally, or where else,” he said.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the APC in the state, Edet Ikotidem, has dismissed insinuations of Akpabio importing impunity into the party.
Ikotidem, a House of Representatives aspirant for the Itu/Ibiono Ibom federal constituency, disclosed this when he briefed journalists in the state recently.
According to him, Akpabio’s conversion was like that of Paul in the bible who on conversion changed in his perceptions and proclivities.
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