There was drama at the Akwa Ibom airport yesterday as wife of former Governor of the state and now Senator, Godswill Akpabio attempted to upstage the wife of the current governor, Udom Emmanuel as she was to receive First Lady, Aisha Buhari.
It was Mrs Buhari’s first official visit to the state where she was to flag off her project, Future Assured Programme. Reports have it that Mrs Akpabio was going to step in as First Lady to receive Mrs Buhari despite the presence of the current First Lady, Mrs Martha Emmanuel.
Mrs Buhari was said to have stepped back into her aircraft and its door was shut to allow for normalcy to be restored. After security personnel were able to convince Mrs Akpabio to step back, Mrs Buhari then proceeded to alight from the place to be received by First Lady, Mrs Emmanuel.
Watch the drama below:
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Akpabio's wife causes stir at airport as Aisha Buhari visits Akwa Ibom . . The first official visit of the wife of the President, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari to Akwa Ibom State, on Friday, was marred by a security breach allegedly caused by Senator Godswill Akpabio’s wife, Mrs Unoma Akpabio. . . The President’s wife was in the state for the first time to flag off her project, Future Assured Programme. . . The drama occurred at the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo when Mrs. Akpabio allegedly attempted to assume the responsibility of the wife of the Governor, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel. . . The action, it was gathered, prompted the protocol officers from the presidency to wade in. . . It was gathered that while the door of the aircraft opened and the First Lady was to alight, Mrs Akpabio suddenly stepped forward in order to receive her, instead of Mrs Emmanuel. . . This led to the door of the aircraft being shut while the President’s wife retreated and waited inside until the senator’s wife was persuaded to stop. . . However, when normalcy was restored after 25 minutes, the aircraft doors were opened once again as Mrs Buhari stepped down to a warm embrace of Mrs Emmanuel. The First lady later acknowledged the presence of Mrs Akpabio too.