Immediate past minister of Niger Delta Affairs and presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio has given insight on the circumstances surrounding the loss of 76 oil wells by the Cross River State government to Akwa Ibom State.
Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, made the disclosure during an interaction with APC delegates in Calabar ahead of the APC presidential primaries holding this weekend.
He said he has never worked against the interest of neighbouring Cross River State when he served Akwa Ibom State as governor.
The presidential aspirant said the 76 oil wells lost by Cross River to Akwa Ibom had over the years been a contentious issue that ought to have been handled with wisdom, stressing that unfortunately the governor of Cross River at that time rushed to court instead of seeking for a political solution to the issue.
“As governor of Akwa Ibom State for eight years, there was never a time in my life that I took Cross River State to court, instead I fought against it.
“But politicians will not tell you the truth because they have to tell you something to make sure you vote them into power. I advised against court. 40 per cent of Calabar is made up of Akwa Ibom people, so why fight each other?
“I wrote a letter to the then president and said whatever Cross River State was getting on the oil wells continue to pay them, and the sum of 18.6billion was deducted from Akwa Ibom’s money and sent to the government of the day in Cross River State at that time.