What may end up as the fiercest political battle in Akwa Ibom State appears to have started. The battle between Senator Godswill Akpabio and the state governor, Udom Emmanuel is getting to an interesting and frightening level.
While Akpabio is ready to take Udom out of office at all costs, Udom himself is not resting on his oars. Akpabio is now making shocking revelations about Udom, the man he imposed on the state in 2015.
Social media supporters and fans of the two leaders are also working hard to promote or denigrate each other. Last week, Akpabio stirred the hornet's nest when he declared at an event in the state that he defiled all known rules to make Udom a governor.
He also pilloried the governor for daring to challenge his authority. Akpabio was quick to remind Udom that he had no membership card of the PDP as at the time he brought him from Lagos and made him governor.
Akpabio was referring to Udom's position, that as long as Akpabio was not God, he would not be able to stop him from winning his election. This must have angered Akpabio who used the opportunity of a solemn assembly in the state to also remind Udom of how God used him to make him governor.
This is what Akpabio said: “Only God could have made it possible to make someone who was never a party member to become a governor.
“Only God could have made somebody who has never had a party card or know what is called ward to become a governor.
“Only God could have made someone who could not have stood election on his own even as a Councillor and win to be brought from somewhere and made Governor.
“Only God could have made a man who has never helped anyone to become anything to become governor.”
Udom's men were to fire back, with a chronicle of how God also made him governor. a post that has already gone viral, from one of Udom's men made mockery of Akpabio:
“Only God gave Evang. Fidelis Etim the grace to send transport money to him to pay his way down to Akwa Ibom and be appointed a commissioner, someone who had no PVC, someone without a political party as at when he relocated to Akwa Ibom State, someone that was sleeping at Christy Igbokwe's house, someone Dr. Udoma Ekarika was feeding at Lagos.
“Only God knows where the N83bn of Akwa Ibom money withdrawn few months to leaving office was used for.
“Only God knows why Uyo-Ikot Ekpene road was commissioned when the road wasn't completed but money paid in full.
“Only God knows why the Godswill Akpabio's international stadium is only a football field even when money released was meant for an Olympic size stadium.
“Only God knows why they refused to connect the Attah's Airport to national grid and the amount whoever was supplying diesel made in eight years.
“Only God knows why their heart was Buhari while they were smiling at Jonathan.
“Only God knows how properties were destroyed in the build up to the 2011 governorship election in the state.
“Only God knows the heart of a man who served as a Commissioner for six years, Governor for eight and Senator for three years but turned around to say PDP did nothing for 16yrs.
“Only God knows what N3. 2trillion collected in eight years was used for. Kai! Only God.
“Only God knows why Tropicana, Four Point by Sheraton and the Ibom Specialist Hospital were left uncompleted even when money was paid in full.”