December 15, 2018, Uyo
The Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has predicted that Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel and his wife, Martha, will soon defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mrs. Buhari’s prediction came on Friday at an empowerment programme organized by the National Directorate of Employment, in conjunction with her Future Assured Programme, for women and youths of Akwa Ibom State at the APC campaign grounds in Uyo.
She was reacting to an ugly incident at the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo, where some State Security Service operatives attached to Government House, Uyo, tried to prevent some APC leaders from welcoming her.
“Many speakers have spoken about what happened at the airport. To me, it’s just mere politics. What happened at the airport shows, from my observation, that almost everybody has entered APC today, that very soon, Mr and Mrs Udom Emmanuel, their excellencies, will soon join us,” she said.
Mrs. Buhari said her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, was a movement and that Senator Godswill Akpabio, the former Senate Minority Leader, was leading the movement in Akwa Ibom State.
“When it comes to President Muhammadu Buhari, it’s all about movement. And we have Senator Akpabio in Akwa Ibom State to lead the movement of President Muhammadu Buhari. As you are all aware, the President is a man of integrity. Those who believe in his ideology should play politics with integrity and morality,'” she said.
The wife of the President said since the beginning of the Buhari Administration, her Future Assured Programme has trained thousands of women and youths across the six geo-political zones of the country in line with her pledge to reduce the level of poverty to ensure that Nigerian women are self-reliant.
Mrs Buhari said that she was in Uyo to flag off the collaboration between her programme and the NDE for the empowerment of 11,600 Akwa Ibom women and youths through vocational skill training, provision of starter packs and interest-free loans.
In his speech, Obong Nsima Ekere, the APC Governorship Candidate for Akwa Ibom State, apologized to the wife of the President for the embarrassment caused her by the Government House security operatives.
Senator Akpabio stated that “my word to the PDP that thought they could come and push and beat us at the airport is that 2019 you are fired.”
He said that the visit of Mrs Buhari in company of top government officials and three of her brothers underscored her love for Akwa Ibom State.
Atuekong Don Etiebet, the APC State Caucus Chairman, said the State Government was envious of the APC for hosting the wife of the President.
“They are very jealous. They wished that you have come to see them. But you have not come to see them,” he said.
Credit: INEMESIT INA