The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has rained curses on governorship aspirants who he has not endorsed for the 2015 governors contest in the state, referring to them as enemies who betrayed him.
He equally pronounced death on all his perceived opponents, stating that none of them had any reason to fall out with him, because he raised and empowered them all.
Akpabio in a fit of anger likened the aspirants as Lucifer and the Biblical Absalom who betrayed God and King David respectively, averring that none of the governorship aspirants would get the chance to rule Akwa Ibom state as they had desired.
The governor poured anger on perceived opponents to his alleged plan to install a candidate of his choice as the next governor of Akwa Ibom during a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state Secretariat in Uyo on Thursday, 17th July, 2014.
Akpabio in his speech at the event took a step further by pronouncing death and great misfortune over those who fell out with him politically in the state, alleging betrayal on their part.
He coerced all guests present during the ceremony to chorus amen as he openly rained curses on his perceived opponents.
Although the angry governor did not drop any name, those who at one point or the other, fell out with him politically in the state include, Patrick Ekpotu, Nsima Ekere, Senator Alloysious Etuk and Bassey Albert.
Others include Chief Don Etiebet, Umana Okon Umana, Senator Bob Effiong, Ambassador Assam Assam, Hon Bernard Udoh and a host of others.
Akpabio has also been in a running battle with Obong Victor Attah, his predecessor, business guru and first class engineer, Chief Ime Umanah, Architect Otu Ita Toyo and a host of elderstatesmen in the state.
He said to the crowd during the ceremony, “Those who want to take power through the backdoor will die. They will die! And the PDP will continue.
“In Akwa Ibom State, those who want to betray, who were supposed to be our political children, of course they will end like Absalom.But if they changed their minds, then they will obtain favour from the sight of God.
“Almighty God recognized that even the people he worked with, and called them angels, that one of them was going to betray him, and that was Lucifer. What did God do? He threw him out of heaven. Has he entered Heaven till today?
“Those who have betrayed the Governor will not enter the government House. I thought you would say Amen (then crowd yelled amen!) I thought you would say Amen (Amen…!). I thought you would say Amen (Amen…) Can you say Amen…?
“You empower your children so that they will be a pride to you. You don’t empower them so that they come and betray you.That is the lot of the World.”
Akpabio delved into the scriptures to buttress his point on the curses he was raining, stating, “I go back into the Bible, I saw the story of Absalom. And I said may God take away the spirit of Absalom from our midst.
“Who was Absalom? The son of David, the father trained him and empowered him as the would-be King of Israel. Because of impatience, Absalom wanted to take over before the age of 30. He wanted to kill King David. And the King said, leave him to his fate.
“Did it end well with Absalom? (Crowd response: Nooooo!) As a young man, he died, while his father continued”.
The National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu who was present at the occasion refrained from making comments on the governor’s vituperations against his perceived enemies.
Mu’Azu in his speech only entreated the PDP supporters in Akwa Ibom to continue their support for President Goodluck Jonathan who he said has been battling hard to contain insecurity problem in Nigeria.
Alluding to the rampaging activities of terrorists in Nigeria, the PDP Chairman said, “We must continue to pray for them to be converted so that Nigeria will not only remain strong united country, but a strong united country that will rightfully take up its leadership role in the comity of Nations”.