The Governor of Akwa Ibom, Dr. Godswill Akpabio has defended his controversial wedding gifts to 2face Idibia and his wife, saying Mrs Idibia exhibited the true attribute of the Akwa Ibom women by staying with her husband from his days of humble beginnings till his global stardom despite the series of controversies that trailed their relationship.
Mr. Akpabio had stunned guests that thronged the celerity couple’s traditional wedding with the announcement of a donation of two brand new Toyota Prado SUVs to them and a promise of sending 29 people to their forthcoming nuptial in Dubai.
However, the governor in a statement by his Commissioner for Information, Aniekan Umana, on Wednesday said, “Following spurious and false speculations in the social media concerning the wedding gift by Governor Godswill Akpabio to Mrs. Annie Innocent Idibia, née Macaulay, I wish to state as follows:
“That the Governor of Akwa Ibom State Chief Godswill Akpabio, donated ONE Prado jeep to Mrs. Annie Innocent Idibia, nee Macaulay a daughter of Akwa Ibom State and renowned artist during her traditional marriage at Eket.”
“That the State Governor as a token of support for the couple promised to fund the traveling expenses (economy return tickets) for ONLY TWENTY relatives of Mrs. Annie Idibia Macaulay to Dubai, where the couple have chosen to wed.”
Explaining what warrants the gift to Mrs Idibia, the statement claimed that Mrs Idibia exhibited the true attribute of the Akwa Ibom women by staying with her husband from his days of humble beginnings till his global stardom despite the series of controversies that trailed their relationship.
“That looking carefully at the surrounding events in perspective, Mrs. Annie Idibia, nee Macaulay is a daughter of Akwa Ibom State and the gift of a Prado SUV from her governor is only a gesture of love and goodwill” the statement read.
“Her resolve to stand by her husband on his journey right from his days of youthful beginnings to stardom even in the face of challenges was commendable and a true attribute of the Akwa Ibom women.”
The governor blamed mischief makers and enemies of progress for inflaming the social media with incongruous reports that the State Government is sponsoring an entourage of party supporters to the wedding in Dubai.
Mr. Umana therefore urged members of the public to “discountenance the misrepresentations made out of a well-intentioned act of the governor.”