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Senate President Bukola Saraki commissioning Ibom Air (Image credit: Twitter)

A new airline Ibom Air is already enmeshed in controversy after sacking one of its employees for allegedly siding the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Concise News reports that Ibom Air is owned by the Akwa Ibom state government.

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Akwa Ibom is under the control of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while the APC is the ruling party at the federal level.

The employee, Daniel Utomette, from Akwa Ibom, was relieved of his duties from Ibom Air on May 9, seven days after he was employed as a catering handler.

Utomette is a 29-year-old business administration graduate of the Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic.

“This is to inform you that your services will no longer be required. This takes immediate effect,” said the termination letter, signed by Idorenyin Eddie, a human resources manager in Ibom Airlines Ltd.

Eddie said in the letter that Utomette would be given one-month salary in lieu of the sack notice, in addition to being paid some money for the few days he worked for Ibom Air.

Meanwhile, Utomette told Premium Times that a co-worker at Ibom Air informed him how his boss, the inflight services manager, came into the office some days ago fuming and accusing him of criticising the Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, on Facebook.

Utomette accused the governor’s media aide, Aniekeme Finbarr, of initiating the controversy that led to his sack.

“Mr Aniekeme Finbarr made a post on Facebook, stating that I am an APC supporter and that I have been making obnoxious remarks against Governor Udom Emmanuel,” the sacked employee explained.

“This brother said there were no industries in the state, typical of how APC supporters talk. Today, he works at Ibom Air,” Finbarr stated in the Facebook post.

“Let politics not allow us to run down the genuine effort of government in creating jobs. We only have one Akwa Ibom state.”

Besides his comment on the social media site, Finbarr posted photos of Utomette on his work outfit in Ibom Air office, Premium Times reports.

The comment and photos have since been taken down from Facebook.

Meanwhile, Finbarr declined to comment when contacted him.