Mr. Umana had last Thursday declared his aspiration to succeed Governor Godswill Akpabio in 2015.
The declaration followed weeks of speculations that he was under intense pressure to vacate office and withdraw from the race, reports that his associates dismissed as blatant lies and fabricated rumour.
His spokesman, Iboro Otongaran, had said the reports were baseless and unfounded, as it followed a similar one that he was rejected and barred him from running for the office after he was presented to President Goodluck Jonathan as the state’s PDP gubernatorial candidate for 2015.
The intrigues heightened last week when reports said he was one of three nominees, whose names were submitted to the presidency for consideration and appointment as the next Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Though the latest report that he has been forced to resign is yet to be confirmed officially, journalists’ visit to the Government House, Uyo, revealed there was palpable tension around the premises with an unusually high presence of armed security operatives at the main entrance to the SSG’s office.
The fierce-looking mobile policemen and operatives of the State Security Service (SSS), mounting security at the gate, were busy frisking every person and vehicle going in or out of the premises.
Nobody was ready to speak on the whereabouts of the embattled SSG, whose decision to declare his interest in the governorship race has been described by Governor Akpabio’s loyalists and associates as an affront and the height of disloyalty to his boss.
When contacted, the Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Information, Aniekan Umana, said he could not comment on the recent happenings as he was not in Akwa Ibom.