National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Adamu Muázu has summoned the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government (SSG), and governorship aspirant, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, to his office in Abuja over allegations of untimely flag-off of electioneering campaign in the state by the SSG.
It emerged during the week that Udom has commenced full-fledged electioneering campaign across Akwa Ibom State with over 40 state-of-the- art buses branded by the Udom Emmanuel Campaign Organisation, which is contrary to INEC’s stipulation on the 2015 gubernatorial election. This development is said to have not gone well with other politicians in the state.
Muázu was alerted about Udom’s disorderly conduct by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who have asked the PDP National Chairman to set a good example for democracy by putting his house in order. Alhaji Mu’azu was also advised to sanction the errant Udom in order to avoid a state of anarchy in the country, as other aspirants may want to follow the bad precedent set by deviant Akwa Ibom SSG.
INEC on its part was said to have received a number of complaints and documentary evidence from other governorship aspirants and indigenes of Akwa Ibom State, who feel that Udom was using his privileged position in government to an undue advantage.
It would be recalled that Mr. Udom Emmanuel, a former employee of Zenith Bank was appointed Secretary to the Government of Akwa Ibom State in July 2013 following a high-wired politicking that ousted Obong Umana Okon Umana from his former position as SSG. Mr. Udom Emmanuel is believed to be Governor Akpabio’s business partner.
Political observers in the state have hinted that Udom may soon run into trouble owing to his undue haste and the attempt by Governor Akpabio to impose him on the electorate.
Speculations are rife labelling Udom as Akpabio’s stooge and a man who has no antecedent in the area of politics. It is widely believed that the motive behind the imposition of Udom would be to shield the governor and his family, as well as cover up his business dealings, while he (Akpabio) continues to administer the state by proxy after the expiration of his tenure in 2015.