The Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Niger-Delta Youth Alliance for Good Governance has urged Senate President Senator Godswill Akpabio to find ways to bring the benefits of democracy to his people rather than wasting time criticizing Mr. Udom Emmanuel, the outgoing governor of Akwa Ibom State.
The group noted that the comments made by Akpabio at his residence in Abuja when Governor Umo Eno and his entourage visited him as well as those made during a Thanksgiving Service/reception held by Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, were uncalled for and derogatory in a statement signed by its Chairman, Iniobong Ekpenyong, and the Secretary, Silas Etuk, and made available to journalists in Uyo on Tuesday.
It was stated that Akpabio should work with the current governor of the state, who is willing, to bring federal presence to the state because his election as the senate president was a result of his diligence and track record of performance as Akwa Ibom’s PDP governor.
The Niger Delta Youth Alliance for Good Governance, according to the organization, “frowns at some remarks made by Senator Akpabio concerning the immediately past Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, CON, especially those made at his residence in Abuja when Governor Umo Eno and his entourage visited him and those issued during a Thanksgiving Service/reception held by Mr. Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“We want to ask the honorable Senator Godswill Akpabio to meet the demands of the Akwa Ibom people by communicating with Pastor Umo Eno, the governor of Akwa Ibom State, who has expressed interest in collaborating with the Federal Government for the development of the State. Akpabio ought to put more effort into it; that is his obsession.
The organization praised governor Eno for joining forces with the senate president for Akwa Ibom State’s development regardless of political party affiliations, but cautioned Akpabio against using the opportunity to bash the former governor and incite animosity between him (Umo Eno) and his predecessor.
When Senator Akpabio left office, the group noted that no governor in Nigeria could have respected and protected him in the same way that Governor Emmanuel had. They cited how Emmanuel had prevented the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) from looking into Akpabio’s alleged 108 billion Naira fraud.