by Dare Lawal
With the way Godswill Akpabio has been backing the president wholeheartedly his year, it was clear that the FG owed him one.
So when the minister of information, Labaran Maku was asked about the Akpabio clip in which he claimed to have rigged the election which brought Sen. Etok as the PDP flag bearer in the state, it was not surprising that Maku also wholeheartedly backed the governor.
Akpabio had bragged in the video saying: “The people of Ikono and Ini (LGA) from 1960 have never produced a senator. I used my own hand to strike out the name of the person who has won before, and I said it is important for me to give that region a senator in 2007, and I produced Senator Aloysius Etok for you; that is where he comes from.”
Chamberlain Usoh of Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily asked Maku about this, and Maku spent over a minute talking about the achievements of the governor in infrastructure. He described Akpabio as “one of the best governors in Nigeria in terms of performance and delivery,” commending his feat in transforming a “very rural state like Akwa Ibom into one of the standard bearers in terms of infrastructure” in the country.
Maku described Akpabio as a bold man who goes out “for what he believes.” The media storm which greeted the governor’s confession was dismissed by the minister as attacks “for political reasons.”
He insisted that what was important was that the governor clarified the statement and placed it in context afterwards even though only the first part was brought out and sensationalised.