AKWA IBOM POLITICS: CHAIRMEN CELEBRATE UDO EKPENYONG’S SACK
Some Local Government Chairmen in Akwa Ibom State has celebrated the relief of appointment of Mr. Udo Ekpenyong. THE INK can report authoritatively.
They described it as good riddance to bad rubbish.
They also mocked, scorned and mimicked the oust commissioner
Amongst those who celebrated the fall of the immediate past commissioner for Local Government were council bosses from Mbo, Ibiono Ibom, Ika and that of Obot Akara.
They maintained that if the Governor did not remove the man, that Ekpenyong would have become so powerful and would have been difficult to be contended with especially as the man has pocketed so much funds from underhand dealings he was engaged in.
While exchanging stories on how they were treated by Ekpenyong, other council chairmen especially those who had earlier served as transition Chairmen posited that before Udo Ekpenyong was posted to that ministry, Victor Antai who served there earlier had always ensures prompt payment of their salaries and allowances but ever since the sacked commissioner took over, he decided to be playing pimping with their money.
They maintained to THE INK that rather than pay transition committees as at when due that Udo Ekpenyong delights in taking their monies to fix deposit only to pay them middle of the month.
These chairmen maintained that what even made matters worse for Udo Ekpenyong was his refusal to pay off the just concluded transition committees especially those one who did not return.
According to them, the disgraced Ex commissioner after getting funds from the State Government had refused to do the needful by disbursing the funds to the beneficiaries.
For instance Udo Ekpenyong is said to have shortchanged ex transition members even after getting the funds from Government. This sources say had really created fresh questions of morality on the Ukanafun man, THE INK understands.
An Uruan transition committee member said the dishonesty of Udo Ekpenyong had created a warlike situation in Uruan making ex transition members to draw battle line with the Transition Chairman.
THE INK gathered that when the bubble bursted, Ekpenyong is said to have murmured that he is unstoppable.
A council chairman further informed our reporter that in a meeting held recently at Government House that the ex commissioner had insulted Gov. Udom Emmanuel when he refused to stand up to address issues when he was called upon by Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Those who attended the meeting told THE INK reporter that it took the third call by the Governor for Ekpenyong to comply.
Council Chairmen however told THE INK that Udo Ekpenyong only paid for his greed and high handedness.