President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari has handed out governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswil Obot Akpabio, a shocker of his life as he walked out on him at his private residence in Lobito Crescent, Abuja when the latter sneaked in to seek rapport with him.
An eyewitness who craves anonymity disclosed that the incident occurred towards the tail end of last week as the governor-elect of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel, also tasted the bitter taste of disgrace which Buhari meted to his mentor in Abuja.
Akpabio who did not bother to hint the President-elect on his resolve to visit him and the purpose, reportedly showed up unannounced in Buhari’s private residence expecting to have a good session with his host.
The witness said Akpabio and Emmanuel Udum were already seated in the living room, when Buhari calmly walked in with a mien of surprise and embarrassment while he unenthusiastically greeted him.
According to report, the President-elect did not waste time in engaging his impulsive visitors in any form of long discussion when he took excuse and left them behind in the sitting room on account of going to have a rest.
Reports said the humbled Akpabio and his godson felt utterly disappointed with the unwelcoming gestures of the President-elect and the next commander in chief of Nigeria and resolve to leave immediately.
It was learnt that the incoming President later descended on the security men at the gate who allegedly opened the doors wide for Akpabio and those on his entourage without proper clearance, and hence redeployed them immediately.
Akpabio had severally put up such cocky attitude in the past, as he had freely derided even President Goodluck Jonathan during public events by having him take seat, after which he (Akpabio) will walk in triumphantly, contrary to protocol, whereas nothing would happen at the end of the day.
Akpabio, according to reports had also in the past tactfully insulted the Nigerian President and his fellow state governors, as he was once quoted to have said even Jonathan and others should come to Akwa Ibom to learn the art of uncommon transformation from him.
The outgoing governor of Akwa Ibom is the only governor in Nigeria who reports said, has special Anthem played in his honour after the National Anthem during public events.
He had visited some other African countries including Ghana, where he was made to inspect the Guard of Honour, a function specially reserved for Presidents of countries.
Akpabio is a Senator-elect though, but the political reality on the ground in Nigeria may not favour his flamboyant and usual overt display of affluence, ego and other excesses, as former state governors who ended up in the Senate, completely lost their vibes after being sworn in.
In order to obtain immediate relevance and recognition in the Senate, Akpabio had frustrated Senators from his state, using his gubernatorial power, from seeking re-election, in order to overcome the trauma of being subdued by their rankings and seniority in the upper chamber.