A Mild drama ensued Wednesday, 16, 2014, at the Ibom International Airport during the Arrival of the National Chairman of the People Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu.
Our reporter who went to the Airport to cover the visit of the chairman said governor Akpabio who arrived early at about 9.48am to received the national chairman was disappointed as the party chairman could not arrive early as expected, the state party chairman and the state working committee were at the Airport at 8.30 am including all commissioners and some state House of Assembly, National Assembly men were on standby to receive the chairman.
On arrival at the Airport at exactly 2.59 pm, the National chairman as usual refused to go into governor’s car but chose to walk round the Airport to acknowledge greetings from Akwa Ibom people who came out to give him a rousing welcome.
According to our reporter, the governor who was introducing various groups that were there to welcome the National chairman was visibly disturbed when he noticed that some groups where carrying the banner of Obong Bassey Albert, OBA as they besieged the Udom Emmanuel’s groups at the Airport.
“On noticing the imbroglio, the governor was seen struggling to divert the attention of the National Chairman from the OBA groups, but the OBA groups who were many in number attracted the presence of the National chairman and his attention was drawn to them and he hailed them too, waving at the crowd.”
When our reporter sampled the opinion of some supporters who were not with uniform, they had this to say, “ I have never seen this kind of drama before, could you imagined, when the governor who was closed to the gallery to wait for the arrival of the chairman noticed that the OBA groups were intimidating, he had to move to the administrative Block at the Airport with his commissioners and some of the supporters who came with them at that early hour, they had remained there till when the National chairman arrived,” He said.
Another supporter, who wore a T-shirt with inscription on his back, “OBA” said “my brother, let me tell you, as we came in to the Airport today to receive our Boss, Bassey Albert, Udom Emmanuel and his Team were jittering when they spotted our arrival. We overwhelmed them with our presence. They aren’t seen anything yet.” He said.
Investigation by our reporter revealed that the OBA team were not at the Airport to received Alhaji Mu’azu but were there to received Bassey Albert who was said to return from a trip.
PDP will Conduct Primaries a Night to INEC Dateline -Gov Akpabio
Against the anticipation of Akwa Ibom people, which they presumed that PDP primaries will come up October 2015, Governor Godswill Akpabio has said that the people democratic party, PDP will conduct their primary a night to the dateline of the Independent National Electoral commission, INEC.
Governor Akpabio made this known while addressing a mammoth gathering of party faithful at the proposed state secretariat of PDP which is located at Atan Offot, behind state secretariat, Uyo.
The governor who was overwhelmed with joy on the visit of the National Chairman of the party said he could not hide his feelings but would want to let his teaming supporters to be conscious of the secrets of the party.
He however said that any man/woman that wants to take power from him through the back door will die while seeking for such. But called on Akwa Ibom people to continue to offer him their supports to enable him succeed to place a good successor that will continue from where he will stop in 2015.
Written By:Essien Inyang