Akpabio, Udom, others in closed-door meeting with Obasanjo


Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State and his predecessor, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, on Saturday paid a visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The duo arrived at Obasanjo’s residence at about 2:48 pm in company with a former prelate of the Methodist Church, Nigeria, Dr. Sunday Mbang, and some other state officials.

The team immediately proceeded into a closed-door meeting which ended at about 4.05 pm.

Udom, who addressed journalists after the meeting, said he was in Abeokuta to pay homage and to thank Obasanjo.

According to him, he consulted with Obasanjo shortly before the general elections and that his advice paid off.

“I have come to show gratitude and respect for someone whom I regard as a father and whose advice I regard as invaluable and which also contributed to my victory at the polls,” he said.

The governor acknowledged that his predecessor had laid a solid foundation upon which he would build and move the state to greater heights.

He said the Peoples Democratic Party remained the greatest party in Africa and would provide a credible and formidable opposition to the ruling All Progressive Congress in order to move the nation forward.

Akpabio, who also addressed newsmen, declared support for a reduction in the cost of governance in Nigeria.

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