The gubernatorial ambition of the all-powerful Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, Mr. Umana Okon Umana, is said to have polarised the state executive council to the extent that some members of the council have allegedly vowed never to allow the ambition of the SSG who has been in government since 1999 in one capacity or the other to materialize.
According to sources within the state, many members of the state executive cabinet have been indifferent to the rather desperate way in which Umana is pursuing his ambition to take over from the incumbent Governor Godswill Akpabio, whose ascendance to power he claims to facilitate until he was rumoured to have mooted the idea for the removal of some of them from the governor’s cabinet recently.
Although the governor was said to have rebuffed every attempt made by Umana to pressure him into removing some of his commissioners, we gathered that the SSG is using his clout to frustrate the performance of these people with the aim of rendering them redundant. This, we learnt has further widened the gulf between the two sides.
Top sources in the People Democratic Party in the state hinted that Governor Akpabio has still not openly voiced his support for the candidature of either Umana or any other person for that matter.
“Although the SSG has made it clear to us times without number that the 2015 gubernatorial ticket belongs to him because he had an agreement with the governor since 2007 that he would take over from him in 2015. We do not know about this agreement and cannot say anything about it until the governor speaks,” impeccable sources said.