A political power contest is brewing between Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio and the immediate past former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Umana Okon Umana over 2015 general elections.
While Umana is looking to succeed Akpabio, the governor has other plans which run contrary to his former ally’s political calculations.
According to a report by LEADERSHIP, the former SSG has opened an office at 39 Durban Street, Wuse 2 in Abuja to effectively execute his plan of taking over the political structures of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state from Akpabio.
Umana is believed to be enjoying the tacit support of President Goodluck Jonathan, who is leaving nothing to chance as his 2015 ambition faces tough opposition even from within his own party.
It was learnt that Mr. Jonathan doubts Akpabio’s loyalty and has found a worthy ally in Umana, who is more than willing to lock horns with his state governor.
The Abuja office is to be run by one Mike Bush and a Northern political mobiliser with a large following identified as Malam Usman.
But in a swift reaction, the Akwa Ibom State government, through the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Aniekan Umana, said Akpabio was unshaken as Umana had no political value in the state.
The commissioner further laughed off Umana’s decision to fight Akpabio from Abuja, assuring that President Jonathan was confident of the governor’s loyalty to him.
It would be recalled that Governor Akpabio forced Mr. Umana to resign as SSG in July this year.
It was learnt that Umana dared the governor, saying he would open up on Akpabio if he attempted to stop him from becoming governor in 2015.