Indications have emerged that the Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, may be nursing the idea of selling off the private jet acquired by his predecessor, Godswill Akpabio for the state government, as he does not seem to see the state ownership of a private jet a worthwhile investment, Vanguard reports.
However, the governor’s spokesman, Ekerete Udo, in a veil denial, described the report as innuendos and manufactured lies.
It was also gathered that the governor, since his inauguration on May 29, 2015, prefer travelling by chartered helicopters which he considers less-flamboyant.
A Government House source, quoted by the report, said the governor was shopping for buyers of the jet to relieve him of the burden of fuelling and other maintenance.
“Governor Emmanuel is not comfortable with the idea of sustaining the ownership of the jet and is contemplating selling it, more so, because of the slash in states’ allocations and the high cost of aviation fuel,” the source said.
However, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ekerete Udo, in a telephone chat, said there are some issues he will not normally respond to because innuendos and manufactured lies are not the kind of things he responds to.
“We are not in the business of responding to innuendos and manufactured lies and answering people trading layers of lies in order to get wings to fly. We are in the business of providing service to the good people of Akwa Ibom State and impacting lives. We are impacting lives by continuing with the developmental strides that have been witnessed in the past eight years. We want to continue on this path of sustainable development”, Udo said.
When asked if his position was that the reported imminent sale of the jet was false, Udo replied: “I have just answered your question; I said we will not dignify manufactured lies”.