Posted by Editor | 15 December 2018, 05:11pm | 736
But for the wisdom of Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari and her handlers, a major ugly event would have taken place at Uyo Airport, following the struggle by the First Lady of Akwa Ibom State, Martha Emmanuel and her predecessor, Unoma Akpabio, on who to receive their high-profile guest.
Reports say that the event went physical when Akpabio attempted to resume the protocol requirement she dropped more than three years ago, by attempting to block the current first lady from receiving Mrs. Buhari in order to perform the function, but was promptly prevented by the airport protocol officers.
She reportedly sprung to her feet immediately the door of the aircraft opened and the Buhari made to step down, physically shoving aside Emmanuel, who had already taken her position allotted her by protocol.
Aisha, who was said to have spotted the rowdy incident, reportedly stepped back into the plane and the doors were promptly shut, for about 25 minutes before Akpabio’s wife was pacified.
Mrs Buhari, who was said to have stepped down to a warm embrace of Mrs. Emmanuel, who introduced her to other Akwa Ibom women at the airport to receive her, was, however said to have joined Mrs Akpabio in her own vehicle rather than Emmanuel and zoomed off to the venue of the event, the inaugural campaign for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Nsima Ekere.
According to an eyewitness: “It was Unoma Akpabio who attempted to obstruct Martha Emmanuel but the governor’s wife with the help of her security aides, wrestled her way to receive Aisha Buhari. It almost turned physical. The president’s wife, who was embarrassed by the protocol breach, has to return into the plane that brought her until normalcy returned.”
Emmanuel and Akpabio
But another source from the senator’s wife, disclosed that; “It was an embarrassing moment for the governor’s wife and her people, having failed in their attempt to get Mrs. Buhari into her car. Despite struggle by Udom’s wife, SSG and government house security to hijack the First Lady’s visit and push out APC members at the airport, the First Lady ignored Udom’s wife’s car and went for Mrs. Unoma Akpabio’s car.”
This was however discountenanced: Mrs. Emmanuel is not an APC member. The President’s wife came for a political event of her party. You do not expect her to drive Mrs. Buhari to the venue of the event. Her job, was to receive her at the airport as protocol demands and from there, the party takes over. So, it was not strange that she rode with Mrs. Akpabio,” he said.