Udom Gabriel Emmanuel has said his predecessor, Senator Godswill Akpabio has no case to answer in a petition brought against him by his detractors.
Apparently disturbed by the controversy that followed the invitation extended to the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio by the operatives of the anti graft agency, the EFCC, over allegation of misappropriation of State funds in his era, his successor has risen to defend him.
Incumbent governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel has said his predecessor has no case to answer in a petition brought against him (Akpabio) by his detractors.
It could be recalled that the former governor was summoned by the EFCC to explain some allegations contained in petition against him by some aggrieved persons who believed his era was tainted with sleaze.
And Akpabio, now the Senate Minority Leader was quizzed for some hours on two occasions and released by the anti-corruption agency, amid controversy that he was in the custody of the EFCC.
But the governor, who returned from Abuja, the nation’s capital, dismissed such insinuation, disclosing that his former boss was never detained by the anti-corruption agency established by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
According to him, the Senate chieftain was only responding to the routine invitation by the EFCC based on the petition filed against him in line with the rule of law.
Urging with pending issues with his former boss to sheathe their swords, Governor Emmanuel drew their attention to the fact that his predecessor had defined his time effectively by spreading the dividends of democracy across the 31 Local Government Areas including infrastructural revolution that has fetched Akpabio accolades from within and without.
While appealing to the people to imbibe the habit of appreciating those who offered to serve selflessly in the overall interest of the State and its people, Emmanuel enjoined Akpabio’s detractors to toe the line of peace for the dividends of democracy to evolve.
He pointed out that those visiting Akwa Ibom would be quick to condemn any petition of financial impropriety in Akpabio’s era, explaining cash allocated to the State during the period was heavily invested in infrastructures including roads, water, bridges, human capital development, education and health care facilities.
– Iniobong Ekponta, Uyo