Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State declared for a second term on Friday with the presence of only two of the 10 other governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in attendance.
It was not clear why the dignitaries were not present. The governor and his top officials had hinted that they were expecting the presence of all PDP governors.
The governors of Cross River, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Taraba and Gombe states stayed away from the ceremony without any explanation or representation.
Only Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State were present at the ceremony held at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
Also absent was the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
Mr Emmanuel Enoidem, the PDP National Legal Adviser, who is from Akwa Ibom State and a close associate of Governor Emmanuel, was the only member of the party’s National Working Committee present and he announced that he was representing the national chairman.
Ordinary members of the party across the state, however, thronged the stadium where the recent defection of former Governor Godswilll Akpabio to the All Progressives Congress (APC) received attacks of speakers.
Honourable Onofiok Luke, the Speaker of the Assembly who chaired the ceremony’s central planning committee, mustered the attendance of 12 of the 24 PDP members of the Assembly.
“No man is God…One man in Akwa Ibom cannot determine who governs, who does not govern, who stays, who does not stay,” he said.
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