Nduese, who is a Personal Assistant to the governor on Media, said an iron bar fell and shattered the seat the governor was sitting on.
He debunked the insinuation that one of the governor’s aides was killed in the disaster, revealing that it was the man, who was handling the microphone during the event that was killed.
The PA said the deceased was not on the entourage of the governor and was not in the employ of the state government.
Nduese said, “He (the deceased) was not standing with the governor neither was he sitting behind the governor. I worked with the media team to the governor. The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Udoh, and the Chief Press Secretary to the governor Mr. Ekerette Udoh, are in the hospital.
“Ekerette has a dislocation in his left leg; he also has internal pains. He is better now though he is still in the hospital.
“The governor did not run; he simply saw the falling iron coming, it stopped half way, then he walked out.”
According to Nduese, the governor said this at Qua Iboe Church, Ikot Ekpene Road, Uyo, on Sunday.
He explained that the governor urged Akwa Ibom people to continue praying for the families of the deceased worshippers and refrain from negative comments that could further worsen the pains of the bereaved families.
He said that the governor had declared a two-day mourning period in memory of the departed and for the speedy recovery of the injured.
OMG OMG OMG...Ekerette Udoh my friend!!!...His Phones are off,,does anyone have a working number i can call him on?Can anyone reach him for me?#sad!