Indications are emerging that the sudden resignation of Akwa Ibom State Deputy Governor, Mr. Nsima Ekere, on Wednesday without official explanation might be unconnected to his governorship ambition.
His Chief Press Secretary, Inemesi Ina, in a statement, said Ekere resigned “on personal grounds” and declined to elaborate.
Reacting to Ekere’s resignation, chairman of the Civil Liberties Organisation, Akwa Ibo State chapter, Mr. Clifford Thomas, described the former Deputy Governor’s decision as ‘a conspiracy,’ noting that he had been nursing the ambition of ruling the state.
He said, “Ekere is not going to wait if he is asked to wait for someone from Uyo senatorial district who had had their turn in the person of Governor Victor Attah. There is a conspiracy yet to be known.
“Ekere is not going empty just like that, he is going to disclose a lot of things; there are arm-twisting.
“It’s a very sad thing: I want to see competition in this state and not arm twisting people. He might have endured a lot of things.”
Also, Chairman, Conference of Nigerian Political Parties in the state, Mr. Linus Udofia, said the resignation of Ekere was not good for the government.
He described Ekere as very quiet and intelligent, stressing that whatever led to his sudden resignation would have been weighty.
He said, “It is not possible for Ekere to have resigned so early. There are indications that Ekere might have been tolerating something, which he felt there was no need putting up with it anymore. And this may lead to his resigning so early.
But a reliable insider who craved anonymity disclosed that Akpabio starved Ekere of funds.
He said, “Ekere fell out with Akpabio because of his interest in running for the PDP’s governorship ticket in 2015 election.
“Akpabio prefers SSG, Okon Umana, for governorship ticket in 2015 to Ekere. This has led to a frosty relationship between the two. He might have resigned owing to frustration.”
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Aniekan Umana, is yet to make any official statement on the matter.