It was meant to be the first official visit of the First Lady, Aishat Buhari to Akwa Ibom State but ended up a mild drama as wife of former governor Goodwill Akpabio, Unoma and the incumbent First Lady of the State, Martha Udom disrupted the protocol on Friday.
The incident occurred when Unoma Akpabio attempted to assume the responsibility of the wife of the Governor, Matha Udom Emmanuel, which compelled the protocol officers from the presidency to intervene.
It was gathered that while the door of the aircraft opened and Aisha Buhari made to start coming down, Unoma Akpabio suddenly sprang from her place to shove aside Mrs. Emmanuel in order to receive the President’s wife to the state.
Akpabio’ wife, it was gathered, had shoved aside the wife of the Governor of the State, who had been positioned rightfully by the presidential protocol team as the state’s first lady to formally receive the wife of the President into Akwa Ibom.
This led to the door of the aircraft being shut as the President’s wife retrieved and waited inside for some minutes before the senator’s wife was persuaded to stop further attempts to ridicule the state by her actions.
Once normalcy was restored, the aircraft doors were opened once again and Aisha Buhari stepped down to a warm embrace of Mrs Emmanuel who introduced her to other Akwa Ibom women at the airport to receive her.
Meanwhile, some women at the airport who spoke with some reporters expressed displeasure at Unoma Akpabio’s action.
“She received the wife of President Yaradua during her time, and also received Patience Jonathan, no woman ever insulted her this way,” an angry Mrs Akon Umoren said.