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Facts have emerged as to why Senate Minority Leader Senator Godswill Akpabio alleged that his successor, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state had abandoned projects started by his administration in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District.

Akpabio had last week during a Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) stakeholders meeting of Ikot Ekpene senatorial district held at the Independence Hall Abak, cried that his star projects such as the Four Point Hotel in Ikot Ekpene and the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road had been abandoned by the current administration.

But the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the state, Mr. Uwemedimo Nwoko said during an interview with our correspondent at the weekend that the ex-Governor made the statement because he did not have updates on the condition and constraints of projects in his senatorial district.

Nwoko, who said Akpabio’s comments at the stakeholders meeting was not meant to undermine the Governor, explained that the Governor has specifically and severally directed the Commissioner for Housing and Special Duties, Mr. Akan Okon to ensure the completion of the Four Point Hotel at Ikot Ekpene for last Christmas activities.

“I can tell you as an Exco member that since June last year the Governor has been on the neck of the commissioner for special duties because he gave him December deadline that he wants to use the hotel in Ikot Ekpene for the functions of Christmas and there was no monthly Exco that the Governor did not put the commissioner on the spot”.

He was said since Akpabio was not a member of the State Executive Council it was not obligatory for the Governor to brief him on ongoing projects in the state.

Asked if there was a communication gap between the Governor and Senator Akpabio, the commissioner said, “ there is no communication gap between Governor Udom Emmanuel and Senator Akpabio “.

He however said, “ The Senator is no more in government in the state ; he is not in the Exco; he does not sit down at our various meetings to hear the efforts put in place and nobody including the Governor owes him that daily responsibility of briefing the Senator.

“As at today Akpabio knows more about the efforts towards bringing the hotel in Ikot Ekpene to functionality. He heard that the Governor had a meeting with the Mariok Group in Dubai. The Group has even indicated interest to take up the hotel”.

Nwoko assured that Akpabio and the whole of Ikot Ekpene senatorial district are solidly behind the Governor’s reelection in 2019, adding there was no alternative to Governor Emmanuel.


(c) The Nation Newspaper

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