A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Akwa Ibom State, Ita Awak, has warned Governor Godswill Akpabio to stop making inciting statements.
Awak’s warning followed statements purportedly credited to the governor at the ground-breaking of the PDP secretariat in Uyo last week.
Akpabio, at the ceremony, said: “Even our God Almighty recognised that even the people he worked with and called them angels, that one of them was going to betray him, and that was Lucifer. What did God do? He threw him out of heaven. Has he entered heaven till today? Those who have betrayed the governor will not enter the Government House.
“I am assuring the game changer and the President that those who want to take power through the backdoor will die.”
The PDP chieftain said Akpabio should learn from his predecessor, Obong Victor Attah, who never cursed him.
According to him, the governor should not be quick to forget that in 2007, 57 aspirants campaigned with him but Attah never called them names even with his preferred candidate in the race.
Awak said it was strange for the governor to refer to former commissioners, who oppose his determination to singlehandedly impose a candidate on the people, as ‘Lucifer’ and ‘Absalom’.
According to him, the governor should play the role of unbiased umpire and allow all those who have genuine intention to contest for the governorship to do so.
The PDP stalwart advised the governor to see those aspiring to take over from him as his “political children”, noting that although he may have a preferred candidate, he should note that most of them have served in his government.
His words: “Although Obong Attah had his preferred candidate, who was his son-in-law, he never accused the governor, who served as a commissioner, or any other contestant of ‘betraying’ him or using the ‘backdoor’ to Hilltop Mansion.
“Attah did not stigmatise those who rejected his son-in-law and openly favoured other aspirants as ‘Lucifers’ and ‘Absaloms’. He never cursed them.”