The Akwa Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel has unveiled Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Mr Umo Eno, as his preferred successor..
But his choice has created a big division in the State Executive Council and State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with many members against it.
The Nation gathered that Emmanuel unveiled Eno on Sunday night during a meeting with some selected leaders in the State and interested aspirants for the governorship post, including National Assembly members.
The announcement ended months of speculations and tension in the State over Emmanuel’s preferred successor.
Former Governor Victor Attah and some fathers of Faith, an association of influential church leaders in the State, it was gathered, influenced the Governor’s preference for the Commissioner.
Emmanuel invited some party elders, including some of those nursing gubernatorial ambition to the Governor’s lodge without disclosing the meeting’s agenda to them.
But the announcement reportedly caused a rift in the State Executive Council with some Commissioners nursing governorship aspiration very uncomfortable with the development.
Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary Onofiok Luke said to be eyeing the governorship in 2023 reportedly stormed out of the meeting after the announcement, sources said.