Apologising to a crowd at the Ikot Ekpene Plaza, Akpabio, who returned from his mother-in-law’s burial inEnugu on Sunday evening, said Emmanuel was the greatest mistake he made and asked to be forgiven.
Akpabio, who represents Akwa Ibom North-West in the Senate, said Emmanuel was a mistake that must be corrected in 2019.
He added that all hands must be on deck for the mistake to be corrected.
According to him, Emmanuel’s administration has failed the people, forcing him to take a decisive action to correct the anomaly for posterity to be fair to him“Udom (Emmanuel) is a mistake that must be corrected in 2019. All hands must be on the deck to ensure the mistake is corrected for a people-oriented leadership under the ruling All Progressives Congress at the centre.“I want to thank you for defying the rain to honour me as your leader and troop out in this multitude even at a very short notice. It goes to show the level of love and confidence you have in me as your leader and I promise to also reward you for your time and energy in this all-important project,” he said.
He said Akwa Ibom should not be allowed to wander as a sheep without a shepherd, claiming that the process informed his quick intervention to put the state back into the central politics where Akwa Ibom, as the major revenue earner, would have a fair share of the ‘national cake’.
Akpabio had in the run-up to the 2015 elections, against all odds, declared Emmanuel, who was the then Secretary to the State Government, as his successor.
Twenty-six PDP aspirants had then jostled for the state’s political top job.