…Pleads for forgiveness for unguarded utterances
…begs for reversal of prayers from elder statesman
Senator Godswill Akpabio alongside his Kinsmen on Wednesday, August 7 paid a visit to the first civilian governor of Akwa Ibom State and elder stateman, Obong Victor Attah.
The minster-designate at the Victor Attah International Airport pleaded for forgiveness regarding his unguarded utterances before and after the 2019 elections.
He also prayed the elder statesman to reverse the prayers put upon him following his unguarded utterances and actions in the build-up to the election.
However, eyewitnesses report that Obong Attah rejected Akpabio’s brown envelope, and rather asked him to turn a new leaf.
It is believed that Akpabio, sensing defeat at the tribunal and in the wake of his realization that he stands alone in the politics of Akwa Ibom State; sought the forgiveness of the elder statesman as a means of warming back his way to Attah’s heart, and through that, rekindling old ties.
The Senator is also obviously threatened by the number of fingers pointing at him with no one to defend him or plead his cause.
It would be recalled that the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, had on Wednesday, July 24, frowned at the nomination of the former Senate Minority Leader as Minister.
Sagay wondered why President Muhammadu Buhari nominated Akpabio, despite his ongoing investigation for corruption by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
He insisted that a government which has anti-corruption as one of its major programmes, should not have nominated Akpabio for the role of a Minister, adding that Akpabio first came under investigation in 2015 following accusations that he diverted over N100bn from Akwa Ibom state between 2007 and 2015.
Also, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) recently petitioned Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), urging them to “jointly and urgently invite senators Godswill Akpabio and Isa Misau for interrogation and further questioning over alleged diversion of constituency projects.”
The organization called for the prosecution of the senators for allegedly diverting hospital equipment and six tractors for their personal use, after they found the equipments on the premises and farmlands of the senators.
In another interim report by the EFCC, Akpabio is alleged to have given a bank N1.4bn for unknown reasons.