Senate President Olubukola Saraki on Friday paid a solidarity visit to Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Cross River State.
Saraki arrived at the Akwa Ibom Airport, Uyo, to a rousing welcome by women of the state.
Disclosing information on Saraki’s visit on Twitter, one his media aides, Bankole Omisore, tweeted: “A rousing welcome for the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar @BukolaSaraki, by women at the Uyo Airport, during his solidarity visit to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel.”
Akwa Ibom’s former two-time Governor, Godswill Akpabio, then the Minority Leader of the Senate, defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on August 8 — eight days after Saraki had crossed the opposite way. — sparking fears in the PDP that Akpabio’s defection could upset the party’s stranglehold on Akwa Ibom.
Udom, the current Governor, was brought into mainstream politics by his appointment as Secretary to the State Government (SSG) in 2013 by Akpabio, but he stayed back in the PDP, with majority of state assembly lawmakers recently pledging their allegiance to him rather than Akpabio.
Akpabio’s defection and Udom’s refusal to follow suit has placed the two on opposite sides of the state’s politics, although Akpabio mainatined after his defection that had no personal problem with the Governor.