* Felix Idiong & Senator Godswill Akpabio, after the former received the letter at the Ibom International Airport recently
By Mercy Obot
The royal family of Obong Sampson Udo Idiong of Ata Obio Akpa, Oruk Anam local government area of Akwa Ibom State has openly disowned one Mr. Felix Sampson, describing him as a fraudster and political beggar who has been mischievous in all his life, saying he was never a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Idiong‘s family was responding to a recent publications in two local newspapers with the headline: “Gov.Udom’s father-in-law defects to APC” and a radio interview where the said Felix was reported to have announced the defection of the entire family to the All Progressives Congress (APC), instead of his own “wayward defection that was purely motivated by greed and selfishness”.
In a Press Statement released and signed by all the 27 members of the family, the Idiongs acknowledged that Felix was cursed by his late father after he allegedly embezzled monies that were meant for water project and bought a car in 1992, as he had always done.
They revealed that Felix has no qualifications as an engineer, and that he was never an adviser to former President Shehu Shagari as he had claimed, but that he only served as a domestic aide to former Governor of old Cross River State, Chief Donald Etiebet, between 1979 and 1983.
The statement further revealed that Mr. Felix Idiong was sometime involved in drug crime when he was sent to go and study Business Administration in Italy, a crime that necessitated his shameful deportation to the country.
The family wondered why Mr. Felix Idiong, regarded as the lost sheep of the family, would go to such a needless length of sabotage to destroy the long-standing good image and reputation the royal family had over the years built for itself, without his contributions.
They noted that Felix’s act of sabotage was a clear violation of the age-long tradition of “Ukot”, “Iman” and “Eyeyen” which he is fully aware of, but mischievously trampled upon with the deepest of greed leading the way for him.
The royal family however said that they are strong supporters of the PDP, as well as Governor Udom Emmanuel, their in-law , whom they described as a-life- touching Governor.
The Idiong’s family cited the Health Centre in Ata Obio Akpa village and the General Hospital in Ikot Okoro, all in Oruk Anam local government area, as some of the meaningful projects Governor Emmanuel has provided for the people of the area.
The family therefore called on the people of the state to disregard the publications and the mendacity of the “black sheep of the family”, affirming that they are with the Governor in his second term bid and would do everything legitimate to ensure that he wins in 2019 general elections .
They further said having benefited from the governor and their beloved daughter, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, through numerous community projects that have impacted on the lives of the people of the area, they were compelled by a good sense of reason and sensibility to stand by them beyond 2019.