Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, has revealed how former President Olusegun Obasanjo played a role in his emergence as governor of the state in 2007, noting that the former president’s insistence on fairness and due process, made it possible for him to become the governor of the state.
According to Akpabio, who spoke at the 75th birthday party organised for Chief Obasanjo in Lagos, when he won Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship primary in 2007, some highly placed politicians in the state, who were unhappy with his emergence connived with party bigwigs in Abuja to deny him the mandate.
He noted that the said politicians employed every means, including bribing the top rank of the party and Federal Government to ensure that he did not fly the flag of the party but Chief Obasanjo insisted that he should be allowed to contest since he had won the primaries.
“At that time, I didn’t know anyone and I had no sponsor, but for Baba’s fairness and insistence on fair play and deepening of democracy, I would not have become the governor of the state. I and the people of Akwa Ibom State are grateful for his fairness and that insistence that the right process should be followed,” he said.