A former Special Assistant to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State on Electoral Matters, Barrister Mfon Udeme has been shot.
Barrister Udeme who is a staunch supporter of Senator Godswill Akpabio resigned his appointment last month and defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) was shot in the early hours of Thursday.
The attack may not be unconnected with the recent revelations by the former aide published in major national newspapers that over 200 aides of Governor Emmanuel were set to desert him in the build up to the governorship election in 2019.
He was also quoted as saying that as a former Special Assistant to the Governor on Electoral Matters he had known that Governor Udom Emmanuel had no electoral value.
Barrister Udeme, who resigned last month as the Governor's Special Assistant on Electoral Matters, dropped the hint in a press conference on Wednesday in Uyo and was shot on Thursday.
Udeme, during the chat, said: "within the next few months, Udom's Government House would be a sort of ghost town as over 80% of his aides have all perfected plans to abandon Udom's administration."
Udeme, a former Chairman of Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area blamed the mass exit on "the Governor's maltreatment of the aides and blatant show of unserious attitude towards matters of genuine development of the people of the state."
He said most of the remaining aides have decided to go after suffering in silence for more than three years.
He said having done a thorough assessment of the political situation in the state as the Governor's Special Assistant on Electoral Matters, he has found out that Governor Emmanuel lacked the electoral value needed to win a second term.
Udeme advised Governor Emmanuel to concentrate on finishing his term and forget about wasting time on campaign for second term to avoid a disgraceful defeat at the polls by the All Progressives Congress (APC), which has overwhelmed the PDP in the state.