Enoidem-Ekon feud takes a new turn….
By Aniefiok Usanga
The raging political feud between Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem and Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon took a bloody and violent dimension over the weekend when Enoidem was callously beaten and attacked by the Commissioner for Labour, Mr. Ibanga Akpabio at the residence of Sen. Godswill Akpabio over the weekend.
Senator Akpabio had over the weekend convened a peace meeting to resolve the quarrel Enoidem has had with Mr. Ekon over the latter’s willingness to seek a third term as House of Reps member.
But Enoidem has been resisting Ekon’s ambition, preferring instead to support Aniekan Umana, former Commissioner for Information.
At the meeting, Enoidem infuriated the peace assembly when in his typical arrogance, he vowed to the apparent dismay of the dignitaries that Ekon would never be re elected.
‘I will do everything humanly possible to stop him’, he yelled at the meeting attended by a cross-section of Annang politicians.
All attempts to pacify him failed as he kept shouting. Incensed by his intransigence which was interpreted as an affront to Sen. Akpabio, Ibanga Akpabio got up and shouted: ‘Enoidem, shut up or you get out of this place’.
According to a source who was at the meeting, a shouting match soon erupted between Ibanga and Enoidem, and the gathering was thrown into a melee.
Ibanga, who has over the years not been particularly fond of Enoidem, then went for his jugular and started beating him seriously.
A few security personnel then joined to drag the diminutive Etim Ekpo pilitican outside the hall. He suffered bruises, cut lips and black eye.
At this point, Sen. Akpabio, who presided over the meeting, called for a 30-minute adjournment to let tempers cool off.
When they reconvened, a three-man committee, headed by Mr. Udo Kieran was set to investigate the underlying issues behind the Enoidem-Ekon feud which political observes believe may lead to loss of lives i the run up to the 2019 elections.
Other members of the Peace Committee are Monday Uko, Commissioner for Sports and Ibanga Akpabio.
The Committee is expected to ‘turn in its report after the PDP Convention’, a well-placed source confided in this reporter.