Against all expectations, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State declared for a second term on Friday with the presence of only two of the 10 other governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in attendance.
The boycott by most PDP governors may not be unconnected with the widespread allegation and their suspicion that Emmanuel was lobbying to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
It was contrary to the declaration by the governor and his top officials that they were expecting the presence of all PDP governors.
Governors of Cross River, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Taraba and Gombe States reportedly stayed away from the ceremony without any explanation or representation.
Only Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State were present, arriving towards the end of the ceremony held at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
Also conspicuously absent was the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
Barr Emmanuel Enoidem, the P
DP National Legal Adviser, who is from Akwa Ibom State and a close associate of Governor Emmanuel, was the only member of the party’s National Working Committee present and he announced that he was representing the National Chairman.
The ceremony also witnessed the attendance of 12 from 24 members of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
Onofiok Luke, Speaker of the Assembly, chaired the ceremony.