Is Umana Okon Umana Going For Governor Godswill Akpabio’s Seat In 2015?


Although the people of Akwa Ibom  State in South South Nigeria wont elect a new governor until early 2015, the current Secretary to the State Government, Obong Umana Okon Umana has launched his ambition to occupy the seat of Governor Godswill Akpabio.

Is that not too early, you also asked? Ah, thank you dear reader, a lot of people in the state also think so, but they say the man walks with the mentality that the seat is waiting for him. They speak about widely circulated rumours that Umana claims that there is an agreement between him and Akpabio to the effect that he would be the next Governor, so he has the right to launch his campaign at any time.

 Observers wonder what else would explain the following bulk text message which was sent out early this week apparently by Umana’s loyalists: “Don’t swap horses in midstream. Choose what is right for you, bcos you can. For our tomorrow, let’s take action today. Support Umana O. Umana, d man with d plan.” The text was signed by a group which called itself U31 Project.

A source who  analysed the text to mean that Umana, (who has been in Government since 1999 when he was appointed Finance Commissioner in the Obong Victor Attah administration) “ truly considers himself to be the power behind the throne in the state, otherwise why are they talking about swapping horses.”

 But even if this SSG is the one who installed the governor, wont he just allow the man to finish his term? Is he not running too far ahead of himself?

By Ifeanyi Okereke

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