Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, who is also a senator Godswill Akpabio yesterday faced serious embarrassment at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, a luxury five-star hotel in the Knights-bridge area of London as Mr. Akpabio’s credit card was declined when the ex-governor tried to check in.
It would be recalled that Mr. Akpabio recently had an accident here in Nigeria and was flown to London to recieve medical treatment.
At the reception of Mandarin Hotel, a flustered Senator Akpabio, who wore a blue sports jacket, was visibly embarrassed on being told that his credit card had been denied. Two unidentified persons were with the former governor at the reception desk as he looked worried and flummoxed about the credit card predicament.
In the thick of the fiasco, the former governor was heard barking orders at an official at Eco Bank in
Lagos. He persistently asked why his card was not working.
Mr. Akpabio remained at the reception for a while, apparently at the insistence of the hotel’s management, who later checked him in. Mr. Akpabio, who as governor claimed that he had
built a multi-million dollar “world class” hospital in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom, chose to be flown to the UK for treatment after his accident.
When SaharaReporters reached the former governor, he admitted that his card was declined
because he had used the card to check out of the Four Seasons luxury hotel earlier today. Akpabio
stated that his credit card had maxed out of its daily spending limit.
Akpabio also told SaharaReporters when asked why he didn’t check into the “World Class” clinic he built in his home state for treatment, he denied accusations that he had neglected to equip the so-
called top-tier hospital in Akwa Ibom. The former governor claimed he had not rented equipment that
were shown to the media during the official unveiling of the hospital, adding that the delay in opening the hospital was due to Immigration processing relating to the doctors to be brought to work at the hospital .
Mr. Akpabio has emerged as the leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in the National Assembly.