Contrary to the notion that the state governor, Udom Emmanuel's decision to retain over 70 per cent of his state cabinet is informed by the fact that most of the commissioners had initiated programmes and projects that may not be completed by new commissioners, facts have emerged that the governor's decision, which has disappointed a lot of PDP chieftains, is informed by the fact that he is unable to build a completely new political structure for himself, devoid of Senator Godswill Akpabio's influence.
Findings show that Akpabio, during his eight years reign, had built and developed political structure across the 31 local government areas of the state.
TNN gathered from reliable grounds that hardly can one count up to five political stakeholders in any local government area, who were not either raised or developed by the Akpabio's political umbrella during his eight years term tenure as governor.
Incidentally, his entire cabinet in his first term, save for a very few, like the commissioner for works, Ephraim Inyang, his counterparts in finance, Linus Nkan, information-Charles Udo and the Accountant General, Uwem Andrew Essien, who are commonly nicknamed, “Lagos boys”, were all Akpabio's boys.
Apart from the executive council, pundits confirmed that more than 80 per cent of the members of the just concluded 6th Assembly were still Akpabio's boys, including the past speakers, Onofiok Luke, who served as his SA on youth affairs, before he became a legislator. Again the party structure in the 31 local governments of the state, starting from the state chairman, Paul Ekpo, were planted by Akpabio.
It is also gathered that Udom did not bother to build political structure during his first term, until the eleventh honour, since Akpabio, his erstwhile godfather, was still solidly behind him and did not allow him to see the need to do so.
Based on this, Udom flew to the end of his first term entirely on the wings of Akpabio, except a few months to his second term election.
Though indications are clear that Akpabio's men, who stood by him have become his structure, but superior argument supports the notion that they are not entirely his political structure.
It is argued that since he did not bring them to political limelight, he can hardly lay claim to absolute loyalty from politicians who are far older and more experienced than him in the murky water of the state politics.
Political analysts believe that Udo may be joggling in a dilemma between purging the system of all Akpabio's network, including those who have dumped his predecessor, and erecting his political edifice in a hurry.
It is also believed that his allege senatorial ambition in 2023 might be responsible for his diplomatic disposition in the constitution of his second term cabinet.