Akwa Ibom governor accuses Akpabio of masterminding assembly crisis

Godswill Akpabio

Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has accused Senator Godswill Akpabio of being the brain behind the crisis rocking the state house of assembly, a claim which the lawmaker denies.

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has been in crisis since five lawmakers were sacked for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“The mastermind of this crisis include people that this state gave the opportunity to become what they never dreamt they could become,” Mr Emmanuel said Tuesday on Twitter.

Without mentioning Akpabio’s name, Emmanuel referred to “people that other people gave the opportunity to become a commissioner for 6 years & a Governor for 8 years, making it 14 years.”

Mr. Akpabio, however, countered in a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesperson Anietie Ekong.

“In his desperation to shop for who to blame and pass the buck, Governor Udom Emmanuel has blamed the security agencies in the State, and Senator Akpabio has only become his latest victim.

“How can a state Governor accuse Senator Akpabio of being the brain behind the crisis, and at the same time declared that ‘the police should be held responsible for any breakdown of law and order in the state and not any other person’? Does it add up?”

Akpabio helped Emmanuel became governor in 2015, despite opposition within the PDP at the time.

However, the two fell apart due to political differences before the senator, in August, resigned his position as Senate minority leader, switching allegiance to the APC.