ABUJA — A former Nigerian minister and senator from Akwa Ibom State, John Udoedehe, has narrated how the state’s immediate past governor, Godswill Akpabio, regularly doled out huge amounts of money as “transport” to politicians, each time they had a political meeting.
Mr. Udoedehe, a former Minister of State for FCT, said caucus members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were given at least N3 million each as “transport”, every night they met to discuss the party’s affairs.
He admitted the governor gave him a “special” sum, way more than the already outrageous N3 million others received.
“Godswill Akpabio used to give us at least N3million each as transport money every night we attended caucus meeting in Government House,” he said during an interview on Planet FM in Uyo on Saturday, November 7. “My own was special, it was more than N3million.”
The former minister said despite the largesse, he still fell out with Mr. Akpabio, who is now the senate minority leader.
He made the claim to buttress his argument that he could not be bought with money.
Mr. Akpabio could not be immediately reached for comments.
Mr. Udoedehe, who is now a Board of Trustees member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, also narrated how a Divisional Police Officer was held in his community by villagers, for attempting to illegally take away election materials during the April 11 governorship poll in the state.
He said the DPO was held for some time at Afaha Offot, Uyo Local Government Area, and was eventually rescued by a team of mobile policemen led by the commissioner of police, Akwa Ibom State.
Mr. Udoedehe did not give the name of the officer, but said he was from the “C” Division, Uyo.
Gabriel Achong, now retired, was the commissioner of police in Akwa Ibom State at the time.