2019 GUBER FALLOUT: Udom Spites Akpabio, Returns Udo Ekpenyong, Prince Akpabio As Commissioners

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The recent cold war between the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel and his former boss, teacher and mentor, Senator Godswill Akpabio has taken a frenzy dimension following the re-nomination of former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Udo Ekpenyong as Commissioner designate.
The Sensor learnt that Governor Udom Emmanuel has forwarded the names of 5 nominees to the House of Assembly for screening and confirmation into the office of Commissioners and Special Adviser.
The nominees include, Mr. Uno Etim Uno, (Uruefong Oruko), Barr Prince Ukpong Udo Akpabio, (Essien Udim) Mr. Udo Ekpenyong, (Ukanafun) Otuekong Raphael Bassey, (Nsit Atai) and Pastor Sunny Ibuot (Ikot Ekpene). The Governor’s message was read yesterday during an emergency sitting of the House.
Receiving the message, Speaker of the House, Barr. Onofiok Luke, directed the House Committee on justice, judiciary, human rights and public petitions to screen the nominees and report back to the assembly in the next 72 hours.
It would be recalled that Ekpenyong was sacked early this year in a commando style following a directive from Senator Akpabio who was then a godfather to the Governor. The unceremonious sack then generated serious discourse in the media and public space even as Governor Udom refused to announce Ekpenyong’s replacement nine months after.
The Sensor learnt that to further spite Senator Akpabio, Governor Udom has nominated Barr. Prince Ukpong Udo Akpabio (the senator’s cousin) as a replacement for Sir Ibanga Akpabio who the governor sacked at the eve of the Senator’s defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to All Progressives Congress, APC, an action that climaxed the cold war.
Meanwhile, the nomination of Mr. Udo Ekpenyong and Barr. Prince Akpabio has generated mixed reactions in the State. While some have commended the governor for taking the bold step to reappoint Mr. Ekpenyong as Commissioner whose sack was seen as unjustifiable, others have chided him for bringing the former Commissioner back, saying that he only want to use it as a medium to fight Akpabio and tell him to go to hell, after all rumor had it Ekpenyong enjojed his full entitlement as commissioner while the sack lasted.
In his reaction, Jeremiah Edet said that Governor Udom is drawing and is seeking what to clutch on, adding that the latest appointment will not save him from being sent packing in 2019.

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