How I died, resurrected and returned from the land of the dead — ex-Governor Akpabio

Former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has spoken publicly about the trauma he went through after the road crash in Abuja involving his car and a vehicle belonging to the United States Embassy in Nigeria.

Mr. Akpabio, while addressing a large crowd of Akwa Ibom people, who gathered Wednesday at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, to mark the 28th anniversary of Akwa Ibom State, said he had just returned “from the land of the death”.

Mr. Akpabio, minority leader of the Nigerian Senate, said he lost consciousness for about an hour because of the impact of the crash.

“When that accident happened, I was rushing in the morning to join my daughter who was ill in her school abroad and when it happened I lost consciousness and all I shouted was God take care of my children and my people,” said the former governor, who now represents Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in the Senate.

Mr. Akpabio said when he regained consciousness at the National Hospital, Abuja, he was surprised to see Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State sitting by his side.

“I was moved to tears,” he said.

The former governor, surrounded by a handful of supporters and former aides, including his cousin, Emem Akpabio, entered the stadium around 5:45pm after Governor Udom Emmanuel and other dignitaries had long seated and the ceremony was underway.

He wore Akwa Ibom ‘chieftaincy’ attire. His entry into the stadium energized the crowd, his presence overshadowing his successor, and his speech, though somewhat uncoordinated, electrifying the gathering.

The climax of the anniversary celebration was the launch of a rebirth programme for Akwa Ibom people tagged ‘Dakkada’.

‘Dakkada,’ an Ibibio word, means stand up.

Apparently to dispel speculations that he was in the bad books of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Akpabio told the ecstatic crowd in the 30,000-capacity stadium that the President telephoned to wish him well while he (Akpabio) was in hospital in London.

He said, “Let me place on record the support of President Buhari who did something extraordinary. The President called the hospital that I was in London. He called the hospital line, and said put me through to the Minority Leader of the Senate who is in your hospital. And they connected him. The room number was Room 215. And he spoke with me. He said, Akpabio we are praying for you. Insha Allah, it shall be well with you.”

The former governor seized the moment to explain why the ‘world class’ 20th Anniversary Hospital, Uyo, built during his administration, hasn’t started operation several weeks after its commissioning, saying the foreign doctors to be employed in the hospital were waiting for clearance from the Nigeria Immigration Services and relevant medical associations in the country before they could come in to start work.

He however insisted that the 20th Anniversary Hospital has superior facilities than the London hospital he went to.

“When people are talking about the 20th Anniversary Hospital, they should go there and find out, even the CT scan that I saw in London is not up to the one that you have in Uyo. That is the one they call 64 slides. Udom, the one that you have here is 640 slides. Ten times in magnification of what you have in Europe”.

He also spoke on the reported search of the Akwa Ibom Government House by the Department of State Security, dismissing reports that a large amount foreign currency was discovered in the building.

“They raided even your Government House to collect some of the money, but they did not find anything. The picture they are circulating was a picture taken in Iraq in 2011. That picture is on Google.

“If we have such money would I not build something greater than this (stadium)? Will I not build air-conditioners in all the streets so that when you are walking as an Akwa Ibom child you don’t need to fan yourself?”

Mr. Akpabio took out time in his speech to taunt the local press, which his aides say has remained critical of him even after completing his tenure as governor.

“The wish of the enemy has been defeated. All the newspapers in Akwa Ibom State, tomorrow your headlines should be ‘Akpabio rises again’, ‘Akpabio rises again’.

“Why will I not rise again when the governor has launched a very significant project in the state today, ‘Dakkada’?”

Source : Premium Times

Auto crash: Akpabio flown abroad for treatment

Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, was on Tuesday afternoon flown out of Nigeria to receive medical treatment abroad in company of about five of his aides.

Akpabio arrived at the local wing of the General Aviation Terminal, of the airport with his team around 12.40pm. He thereafter left the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja aboard a regular private jet that he usually travels with.

It was learnt that the former governor was conveyed to his aircraft by a tarmac bus and was fit physically when sighted at the airport.

“The flight conveying him on the trip taxied to the international terminal from where it took off. The former governor travelled with his own private flight and had about five persons who accompanied him on the trip. He looked physically okay, although some of the men with him said he might receive medical attention abroad due to the car crash he was involved in on Monday,” an official of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria said.

Akpabio, who is currently the Minority Leader of the Senate, was involved in a car accident near Bolingo Hotel in Abuja on his way to the airport to catch an international flight in Abuja on Monday. His car ran into a convoy of some United State’s embassy officials while trying to beat the traffic light.

It was learnt that the occupants of the vehicles in the convoy of the US embassy and Akpabio’s driver did not sustain any injury but the senator suffered some injuries in the chest region.

The Head, Media Relations and Strategy, Federal Road Safety Corps, Bisi Kazeem, said seven adult males were involved in the crash, adding that three of them including Akpabio sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital.

Former Governor Akpabio involved in auto crash after disobeying traffic light

Former governor of Akwa Ibom state,  Godswill Akpabio on Monday morning escaped death narrowly after his car got involved in an accident along the Airport Road in Abuja, having violated traffic law.

 

An eye witness narrated that the Senate Minority Leader, was moving in a motorcade towards the City Gate when his vehicle ran into another car near the Bolingo Junction close to the Ship House.

 

“My wife and I were coming from the NNPC Mega Station and we stopped at the traffic light by Bolingo Hotel Junction. When the green light showed and we made to move, there was this siren blaring Mercedes Benz jeep that came from the town and almost crashed onto my car. I don’t know how we dodged but another that was behind the jeep hit the car behind me and tumbled on its side.

 

 

“I and my wife rushed out of our vehicle and helped the driver bring out his boss. When we brought him out, we found that it was former governor, Godswill Akpabio.

 

“At the time we brought him out, the siren was still blaring. We put him in the other vehicle and he was rushed to the National Hospital,” the witness told Premium Times.

 

He continued that Akpabio was badly shaken and was in a traumatic condition when he was brought out of the crashed vehicle, disclosing that the former governor was apparently rushing out of the city when his convoy beat the traffic and crashed.

 

The driver to the former governor, simply called David confirmed the accident to the online newspaper, adding that his boss was in stable condition. He however declined to speak on how the accident happened.

Gov. Akpabio Denies Taking N600bn Loan

Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State has dismissed claims that he obtained N600 billion loan to run the affairs of the state, saying the state only got N80 billion facility

The governor, however, said he had repaid about N30 billion of the debt, leaving the state with only N50 billion debt. He pledged to further reduce the debt to about N45 billion before leaving office on May 29.

Akpabio blamed the news of indebtedness on the opposition, which he said was bent on deceiving the people in order to get political power.

He said with the signing into law of the Freedom of Information Bill by President Goodluck Jonathan, those who genuinely needed information about the state’s finances could easily approach the state Ministry of Finance for details rather than being caught in the web of lies on social media.

“When we realized that the economy was going down in 2013, we decided to go for the first loan, and all we have borrowed as a state amounts to N80 billion…”

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