Two commissioners in Akwa Ibom who received Senator Godswill Akpabio at the airport in Uyo have been sacked by Governor Udom Emmanuel.

The sacked commissioners are Victor Antai of Culture and Tourism, and Ibanga Akpabio of Labour, Productivity and Manpower Planning.

The latter is a relative of the senator.

Akpabio, who recently resigned from office as the Senate minority leader, ignited political storm in Akwa over his planned defection from PDP to APC.

After his visit to APC leaders, including traveling to London to meet with President Buhari, the senator landed in the Akwa Ibom International Airport, Uyo, on Tuesday and was received by Antai, Akpabio, and other top politicians.

A jubilant crowd thronged the airport to welcome back the senator, who is a former governor of the state.

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A statement issued on Tuesday evening by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Emmanuel Ekuwem, said Antai and Akpabio were sacked from the State Executive Council because of their “reluctance to comply with good governance processes of government”.

The statement asked the sacked commissioners to handover to the permanent secretaries in their respective ministries before the close of work on Wednesday.

Apart from Antai and Akpabio, other dignitaries who graced the senator’s reception in Ukana, Essien Udim Local Government Area, were the House of Representatives members, Emmanuel Ekon (Abak federal constituency) and Emmanuel Akpan (Ikot Ekpene federal constituency), as well as a state lawmaker representing Essien Udim, Nse Ntuen.

Akpabio is expected to be officially received into the APC on Wednesday, August 8 at a political rally in Ikot Ekpene.

There is a general apprehension in the state that some high profile state government officials and PDP chieftains may likely defect to the APC.

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