Call on Senator Akpabio to reconcile with Udom, insulting and seeking for cheap political mileage- Group
The recent statement credited to the Senator representing Uyo Senatorial District, Bassey Albert, that former governor of the state and Minister- designate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, should reconcile with his embattled godson and successor, Udom Emmanuel, has been described as insulting and playing to the gallery just to achieve cheap political recognition.
A Godswill Obot Akpabio Loyalists and Supporters, Uyo Senatorial District (GOALS USD), stated this in a release signed by its Publicity Secretary, Comrade Samuel Udoka and made available to newsmen in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital on Thursday.
According to the release, “we view the recent call on Senator Akpabio by Albert to reconcile with Governor Udom Emmanuel, in the interest of the state as insulting and laced with “busy- bodyism”.
“We are shocked that Albert, who was in the forefront of those who took pleasure in insulting and denigrating the former Senate Minority at every political rally, simply because Akpabio decided to move to another platform in the national interest, (despite the fact that whatever and wherever he is today, politically, Akpabio made him), could be talking about reconciliation now.
“Senator Albert should have it at the back of his mind that, his attempt to use the name of Akpabio to get at his new leader, Udom Emmanuel, because of the well known political-gulf existing between them at the moment, will not come to fruition and for his information, that clandestine and self- seeking agenda is dead on arrival.
“For the information of Albert and his so-called Akwa Ibom State Senate Caucus, Senator Akpabio bears no grudge with any Nigerian and Akwa Ibom indigenes in particular. Akpabio is a Pan Nigerian and that was seen in his various moves towards building bridges across the country as a governor.
“He was a governor of all Akwa Ibomites and his development agenda as well as appointments, were seen all over the state and not what is obtained today.
“Even as a Senator, who represented Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, he spread his constituency projects across the three Senatorial districts. So, as a Minister, Senator Albert should be rest assured that the development and progress of Nigeria, Niger Delta Region and Akwa Ibom State, would remain paramount in the heart of the former Senate Minority Leader, because his undiluted love for his people had long been stenciled in his mind and would not need any ill-conceived and self-centred reconciliation with any person or group to continue doing what is good for his people.
“Akpabio, that we know, is too busy on how to assist President Muhammadu Buhari, in achieving his set goals for Nigerians. He, therefore, bears no grudge against anybody or group in Akwa Ibom State, but if Albert believes, he and his leader(s), have offended the former governor and needed his forgiveness in the interest of the state, the doors of the Minister-designate, as far as we know, are wide open because he has a large and a forgiving heart.
The statement, however, cautioned Senator Albert, to always respect those who once decided who they were and are in life, no matter the change in roles and positions.
“Calling on Akpabio to reconcile with his former SSG now governor, smack of disrespect and hierarchical ignorance on the part of Senator Albert. Udom Emmanuel served under Akpabio as his SSG, and he singlehandedly installed him governor, a decision which you (Albert) fought against then, with all your might.
“If Albert knows exactly what he wants, and he is in absolute control of his thoughts, he would have known that his call for reconciliation would have been on his new ‘leader of convenience’ to reconcile with his former boss and benefactor, instead of playing the ostrich”, the release added.