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A’Ibom Gov, Udom, Akpabio Meet Obasanjo In Abeokuta

Posted: Jun 20, 2015 at 8:08 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Laide Raheem, Abeokuta

Hours after the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, led some members of the Senate on a consultation visit to former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, the Akwa Ibom state governor, Emmanuel Udom, and his predecessor and close ally to Obasanjo, Godswill Akpabio, have  also visited his Hilltop residence.

The two, led by former Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Rev. Sunday Mbang,  arrived at Obasanjo’s residence at about 3.43 pm on Saturday.

And after about two hours  of meeting behind the doors with only four of them in attendance, Udom told newsmen in Abeokuta that the visit was an appreciation call to Obasanjo, who according to him, “is the father of the nation.”

“As a former president he is a father to all. You don’t assume office (he is like you going into hunting and you catch a big animal, you must come to show your father). It is just an act of courtesy and respect to come and show the father of the nation, that see, I consulted you before going into the election, and now that I won, I have to come and say see my efforts yielded positive fruits. As is appropriate to thank God, it is also to thank man, who you see everyday.” Udom said.

Akpabio who also spoke to journalists said he was delighted seeing Obasanjo in good health, saying, “I am very delighted. So, this is my home, I am sure that you know that I am not new here; the only difference is that it is an uncommon visit since I came with an uncommon visitor in the person of the new governor of Akwa Ibom state.

The former PDP Governors’ Forum chairman who reacted to the controversy over the Akwa Ibom state Election Tribunal, said he still believes in the judiciary of the country, lamenting the high volume of election petitions in the state, which makes it the second highest in the country.

He, however, said, “But, it is normal, since after election we are going to have winners and losers. The judiciary is very much alive to its responsibility and still the hope of the common man. I strongly believe in God that justice would be done.”

While asserting that there was no regret in his eight year rule in Akwa Ibom state, Akpabio said as a Senator, he would support any move to reduce cost in order to save money for the President  to carry out developmental projects in the face of economic downturn.