2023: A’ibom Governorship Aspirant Gives Oath “Mbiam” To Delegates For N20,000
…some people are taking ‘Mbiam’ for N20,000 – Udom
Information reaching us that, The executive Governor of Akwa ibom, Deacon Udom Emmanuel is seemingly worried over credible information at his disposal that a governorship aspirant from Uyo Federal Constituency is dishing out traditional fetish oath popularly known as Mbiam to willing statutory delegates ahead of next year’s PDP governorship primary in the state.
The governor, while speaking during the swearing-in of Obong Paul Ekpo as SUBEB Chairman on Friday took time to bemoan the situation where some persons are even taking the oath for a paltry fee of N20,000 (twenty thousand Naira only).
“…so when you hear people going about taking oath for N20,000, we’ve preached this thing over and over again. It is the highest level of treachery and whoever is treacherous can never go unpunished. Whether you say Amen or not, whoever is treacherous can never go unpunished.
Peter was treacherous he was punished. Check, everybody who had ever been treacherous can never go unpunished. We gave you something to keep, we come back, you say no, it is no more there for you. Who else gave you? We gave you. We could as well done it our own selves.
“Some people doing this have children. How can you have children and then you go and administer Mbiam on another person? How can you have your own children and go and take Mbiam (fetish oath)? You don’t even know the impact that will have on your children. I am not telling anybody to go and administer Mbiam on anybody”, the governor said.
The governorship aspirant who is a two-term lawmaker is said to have embarked on the fetish practice in order to garner support and also be cocksure of such support ahead of the primary. He is alleged to have co-opted the PDP Chapter woman Leader in his LGA in to the reproachable practice.
With this development, the party structure in the said aspirant’s LGA and some other LGAs are no more intact for the governor and his yet-to-be-unveiled pick for successorship.
TheMail learnt from credible sources in government that in a bid to take hold of the scattering party structure, the governor had directed his exco members to go back to their LGAs and convene party and stakeholders meeting.
According to our sources, the governor told his commissioners to ensure the structures at their domains are intact. The governor particularly, according to our sources, frowned at the administration of Mbiam on some statutory delegates by the said governorship aspirant.
“That is why, during the stakeholders meeting convened by the commissioners in each of the LGAs, you hear commissioners emphasizing and ‘drawing the ears’ of members of the party structure not to swear to any fetish oath. It was a directive handed down by the governor.
“Forget the fact that he said he is not bothered. He is hugely disturbed. And with the unfortunate demise of the state party chairman, Udo Ekpenyong, the situation has become tougher for the governor. Udo would have tightened grip on the party structure for the governor. The governor is really in a dilemma on how and what to do to keep the structure intact”, our source said.