For several years, former Akwa Ibom governor, Godswill Akpabio, bragged about the “uncommon transformation” he was bringing about in his state. One of the strands of the transformation was the building of top notch hospitals in the state. Then some weeks ago, he was involved in a car accident and was flown – not to Akwa Ibom and its first class hospitals – but to the United States.
On Wednesday, Senator Shehu Sani, the controversial Kaduna senator, took Akpabio on over the medical trip in a satirical manner which drew long sustained laughter from fellow senators.
Sani said he was surprised that Akpabio abandoned the first class hospitals he built in Akwa Ibom when he was governor of the state. “When he had the accident, I went to Akwa Ibom in order to see him but I was told that he has been flown to London, and not the first class hospital he built in the state,” he said.
After the laughter of the senators had subsided, another senator, Philip Aduda from the FCT, tried to rally in Akpabio’s defence. He said: “Let me make it clear that the minority leader was on his way to London when the accident happened. So it was not that he abandoned the hospital he built in Akwa Ibom.”
However, the contribution from Aduda only led to more laughter from the senators.
Akpabio had earlier told his colleagues that after the crash, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice president Yemi Osinbajo called to console him. He thanked the president, vice president and all his colleagues for their concern.