The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has denied statements recently credited to him, titled : “How Ali Modu Sheriff, Bank MD warned me against picking Udom as my successor – Akpabio… Betrayal, they told me, is in his DNA,” written by one Abasiakan Udom.
The Minister, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Aniete Ekong, said he never made the statement and has no record of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s DNA record, let alone based his choice of him as his successor on such data.
Ekong said, “Senator Akpabio has no records of the DNA of Governor Udom Emmanuel for him to have concluded that betrayal is in his DNA. Having attained the position of Governor for eight years himself, Senator Akpabio could not have made such demeaning statement about a State Governor.
“We wish to caution mischief-makers to leave Senator Akpabio alone. Those who have personal scores to settle with others should not drag the name of Senator Akpabio into them and mischievously attribute things he never said to him.
“Once again we totally dissociate Senator Akpabio from those despicable words attributed to him and demand an unreserved apology from the author.