* ASO ROCK ABANDONS AKPABIO
* 22 ASPIRANTS TO PRODUCE CONSENSUS
Following the ruling of a high court of the
Federal Capital Territory (FCT ) sitting in
Kubwa , on Friday , restraining the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) from forwarding the name of Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel as winner of the Governorship Primary congress held in Akwa Ibom State on December 8 , Governor Godswill Akpabio is in Abuja, running from pillar to post with bags of
dollars to bribe all judiciary workers
concerned to salvage his stooge.
A Govenment House informant reliably
disclosed that since Friday, Akpabio has had no sleep and is distraught to the point that he withdrew over $5million from state coffers to bribe the judge and other relevant judiciary staff.
Akpabio was spotted in Abuja at the Asokoro residence of the judge with three black Sports Utility Vehicles. He was however barred from entering and he waited at the gate for hours making frantic calls.
Collaborating this story, a domestic aide to Justice Y. Halilu, confided to this newspaper that “the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, came to my oga on Friday night with three unmarked SUVs, but we were instructed not to allow him enter the compound”.
Meanwhile, the Presidency has washed its hands off Akpabio and his load of problems.
This is evidenced in his inability to reach the president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, to help him influence Justice Halilu.
The judge, it was also gathered, is under close watch by federal government and civil society groups.
Feelers in Aso Rock have it that since the
sham governorship primary in Akwa Ibom
State, the governor has been removed from list of visitors permitted to see Mr. President.
“That Akpabio is destroying the president’s chances of winning Akwa Ibom and Jonathan does not like that all”, our source said.
ln a related development, the 22 aggrieved governorship aspirants are in series of meetings to find common ground and produce a consensus candidate. They have been assured by officials of the party at the national that their decision will be respected.
It could be recalled that Justice Y. Halilu ,
stopped the PDP and the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) from adopting Udom Emmanuel as governorship flag bearer for the PDP.
Halilu granted an ex parte application that was filed by a chieftain of the PDP in Akwa Ibom State , Ime Effiong Ekanem , ordered the party not to send the outcome of the said congress or the name of any person as it gubernatorial candidate for the state to INEC until January 5 , when the substantive suit
will he heard .
Culled From THE GUIDE NEWSPAPER