Group tackles Akpabio over comment on ex-gov Udom

The Association of Eket Senatorial District Professionals has criticized President of the Senate Godswill Akpabio’s comment that former Governor Udom Emmanuel achieved nothing tangible in his eight years in office.

Akpabio, while responding to Senator Ekong Sampson’s contributions to the bill for the establishment of a Federal Medical Centre at Eket and Ikot-Ekpene, during a plenary at the Senate, reportedly said Emmanuel left no imprint in his Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District and even in Eket Senatorial District.

In a statement by its Director of Public and Strategic Communication, Joseph Ekong, on Wednesday, the group described Akpabio’s comment as “an unguarded and illogical response” to an honest contribution by Senator Sampson representing Akwa-Ibom South Senatorial District.

The group said it was shocked to discover in a video clip that Akpabio made such a comment in the hallowed chambers of the upper legislative chamber.

The statement was titled: “Former Governor Udom Emmanuel’s achievements in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District: Where Senator Godswill Akpabio got it wrong.”

It read: “As patriots from Akwa Ibom State, we had sworn not to take issue with our son who is the Senate President on matters like this, and we fervently pray that he dares not push us to the point where we will have to bring documents that will tell his story better to the whole world.

“To start with, the allegation by the Senate President was an unguarded and illogical response to an honest contribution that Senator Ekong Sampson had made for the inclusion of Akwa Ibom in a bill which sought to establish new federal medical centres in the country.

“The Senate President responded that Udom Emmanuel, his successor in office, left no imprint in his Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District and even in Eket Senatorial District. What a sad commentary.

“Under the uncommon transformation era of Akpabio as Governor, Eket Senatorial District never knew roads infrastructure beyond the groundbreaking stage, irrespective of being the contributor of 40 per cent of revenue into the coffers of the federation account, the only road access roads to the senatorial district, Uyo-Etinan-Eket Road, did not move beyond the groundbreaking stage.

“The only bridge in the entire Eket Senatorial District, 1.15km Afi Uko Ntighe Bridge in Mbo, was abandoned at 10 per cent piling stage. It was a story of uncommon neglect and abandonment. Our people only saw your uncommon transformation on television and billboards.”

While noting that it would not refresh Akpabio’s memory with the achievements recorded in Eket during Emmanuel’s tenure, the group said it would rather concentrate on the Ikot-Ekpene district, to clear the misinformation peddled by the Senate President.

It listed Emmanuel’s achievements in all the local government areas in the Ikot-Ekpene Senatorial District, noting that the former governor brought infrastructural renaissance to the local governments.