A slight breach of protocol on Friday, 14th of December, 2018, occurred between the wives of both sitting Akwa Ibom State governor, Mrs. Martha Emmanuel and the immediate past governor of the State, Mrs. Unoma Akpabio while receiving the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari at the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo.
Reliable accounts from both sides had it that both women whose husbands are not on good terms over the State’s politics, had a brush while struggling for the attention of Mrs. Buhari
who was visiting the State for the inaugural campaign of her political party, APC’s governorship candidate, Mr. Nsima Ekere.
Governor Udom Emmanuel and Senator Godswill Akpabio both were the ruling party in the State, PDP members until lately when Akpabio due to alleged friction with his successor, Emmanuel, crossed over to the APC. It has since been cat and mouse game between the two of them.
According to a source from Mrs. Emmanuel’s side, it was Mrs Akpabio who attempted to obstruct Mrs Emmanuel but the latter with the help of her security aides, wrestled her way to receive Mrs. Buhari. “It almost turned physical”, the source hinted, adding that the President’s wife, who was embarrassed by the protocol breach, had to return into the plane that brought her until normalcy returned.
Meanwhile, the source from Mrs Akpabio said; “it was an embarrassing moment for the governor’s wife and her people, having failed in their attempt to get Mrs. Buhari into her car. Despite struggle by Udom’s wife, SSG and government house security to hijack the First Lady’s visit and push out APC members at the airport, the First Lady ignored Udom’s wife’s car and went for Mrs. Unoma Akpabio’s car.”