In spite of the groundswell of opposition against his aspiration to the governorship position of oil-rich Akwa Ibom state, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel is with the support of his principal, bribing his way into the hearts of every important politician in the state.
Information available to us shows that Udom recently paid an unscheduled visit to the Ikot Ekpene Road office of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Uyo, where he feted the party Exco and also doled out N2.5million naira cash gift to them.
Udom’s gesture is said to be part of the grand plan to cultivate the party executive and other influential stakeholders in Akwa Ibom State and is aimed at paving the way for his candidature in the forthcoming 2015 gubernatorial poll.
The Onna governorship hopeful is slowly warming his way into the hearts of the people.
A few weeks back, Udom’s political campaign organisation known simply as “3 for 1” had commenced the broadcast of a text message to influential politicians and stakeholders across the state. The message which reads: Think equity. Think justice. Think Eket Senatorial District. Focus on a corporate strategist. A man with sterling credentials for 2015”, is said to be the first in a series of messages scheduled for periodic broadcast in the first phase of the campaign.
Sometime last month, his meeting with the chairmen of the 31 local government areas, scheduled to hold at the Raddisson Blu Hotel in Lagos was hurriedly cancelled following a directive by Governor Godswill Akpabio for the meeting to be called off.
It would be recalled that Mr. Udom, who is believed to be Akpabio’s long term business associate emerged Secretary as the State Government last July following a high-wired politicking that ousted Obong Umana Okon Umana from his former position.
Observers suspected from the outset that Udom was brought along to the state by Akpabio as a means of keeping his hands on the state treasury even after he might have left office. A ploy, which various interest groups in the state have vowed to resist.