The fear of Sen. Godswill Akpabio losing his senate position has now been added to Nsima Ekere’s impending failure as more Annang groups dump the former governor. It is already in the news that against the wishes of Sen. Godswill Akpabio, the Oruk Anam PDP House of Assembly candidate, member representing Oruk Anam state constituency and leader of the Akwa Ibom state constituency, Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan was reelected as the international president of Ati Annang Foundation.
The Ati Annang Foundation is a foremost socio cultural organisation in Annang land with membership resident across the world. Its influence on Akwa Ibom politics is indisputable.
Senator Godswill Akpabio’s myth of owning and controlling the group, Ati Annang was demystified on Saturday, 5th January when members of the organisation including those of the APC defied his directive and reelected Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan, the Ikot Ekpene senatorial district PDP strongman as its international president.
While it is presently unknown the next move of Ati Annan as its concern the forthcoming elections, it can be safely concluded that with the leadership of Udo Kierian and the justice and equity loving disposition of members of Ati Annang foundation, Gov. Udom Emmanuel will be generally endorsed if he has not been endorsed by Ati Annang Foundation.
I know that you also know that Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan is a resolute man, known for consistency and accordingly will charismatically lead Ati Annang into throwing support for His Excellency, Gov. Udom Emmanuel to continue as the governor of Akwa Ibom state beyond 2019.
It is also imperative to reiterate that the people of Annang nation, the ancestral home of Akpabio, had even before now declared they will support Gov. Udom Emmanuel for a second term in the interest of equity and fairness. The Itai Afe Annang (IV), Okuku Pius Effiong Esideh sounded the message very clear on behalf of Annang people at an enlarged Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of the organisation at Independence Hall, Abak in November, 2018. The Afe Annang is the highest sociopolitical organisation in Annang land, it was founded after the civil war.
The Elders of Abak 5, a formidable political bloc in Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, also adopted Governor Udom Emmanuel in November 2018 as the sole candidate for the gubernatorial election come 2019. Abak 5 Elders Forum is chaired by a former APC strong man, Obong Soni Udom. By adopting Gov. Udom Emmanuel, Abak 5 has rejected Akpabio’s stooge, Obong Nsima Ekere.
It is also a fact that the position of Afe Annang and of course that of Abak 5 is wholly corroborated by the Nto Afe Annang. The Nto Afe Annang was conspicuously part of a delegation of joint Socio – Cultural organisations in Akwa Ibom State who visited the governor on 2nd December, 2018 and rooted support for the continuity of Gov. Udom Emmanuel in office beyond 2019. Nto Afe Annang which is equivalent to Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio was a major supporting group of then Gov. Akpabio through out his administration and would have still been so if not for Akpabio’s betrayal of their in-law, Gov. Udom Emmanuel. The position of the group reflects they have no reason to support Senator Akpabio and his stooge, Nsima Ekere.
To still show you all is not well with Akpabio, we don’t even need to talk of the position of Abak Division Youth Movement Leaders, whose international president , Hon. Prince Ikim had declared as far back as March, 2018, that the more than 300,000 votes of Abak 5 are for Gov. Udom Emmanuel.
It is obvious all is not well with Sen. Akpabio. Unless Sen. Akpabio will buy the Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, unless Sen. Akpabio will hire the Ifim Ibom Ibibio to endorse his stooge, Obong Nsima Ekere, his influence in Akwa Ibom politics has come to an abrupt end. It’s even doubtful that the PDP will accept him back after his destined poor outing in the forthcoming elections.