Things are apparently no longer at ease between Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State and his “godfather” Umana Okon Umana, who is Secretary to the State Government.
This became obvious following Umana’s Wednesday declaration of his intention to contest for the governorship position in 2015 in defiance of Governor Godswill Akpabio’s preference.
Over the past two weeks, there was news that Akpabio had nominated the man who is believed to be the power behind his throne to become the new MD of the Niger Delta Development Commission.
We learnt that Umana interpreted this to mean an attempt to frustrate his gubernatorial ambition, hence his decision to declare his interest in becoming the next governor of the state publicly regardless of the position of the incumbent.
Observers are of the opinion that Umana, an Ibibio from Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of the state is declaring war on the man he is believed to have helped to power in 2007.
Our sources said that although Akapbio is the governor and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Umana is believed to have enormous clout and financial resources and feels he does not need the governor to realize his political ambition.
The SSG, who is perhaps the most permanent feature in the government of Akwa Ibom State for close to two decades is said to have reached a point where he does not care about the feelings of the Governor whom he has boasted he can defeat in any free and fair election in PDP in the state.
Our sources said further that the SSG, who has gone ahead to declare his intention in spite of the ban on campaign, may even consider joining another political party in order to realise his ambition should Akpabio make things too tough for him in the PDP.
“What we are sure of is that this man is hell-bent on becoming the next occupant of the Hill Top Mansion in 2015, whether or not Governor Akpabio likes it”, our sources said.