Group Uncovers Plot By APC Against Elder Udobia
A group in Eket, Eket Mandate Group, has uncovered plans by Mr Umana Umana of the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) to sponsor more frivolous petitions and blackmails on the pages of newspapers against a prominent stakeholder in Eket Federal Constituency, Elder Benji Udobia.
In a statement made available to our newsroom, the group alerted that the embattled Umana Umana has contracted some opposition politicians in Eket nation to endorse a baseless and spurious allegation in order to smear the hard earned reputation of Elder Udobia.
The statement endorsed by the Coordinator of the group, Mr Umoh David Matthew, named a former federal lawmaker Mr Eseme Eyiboh, a former Commissioner Dr. Emem Wills, and a former Eket local government chairman Mr Aniekan Akpan, as surrogates of the desperate APC governorship candidate who are ready to endorse the defamatory publication.
The group maintained that it was aware that the petition, to be addressed to the President and copied the security and anti-graft agencies, will allege that Elder Udobia, among other things is planning to terrorize opposition elements in the state and as such should be investigated for money laundering.
The Eket Mandate Group frowned at the level of immorality pervaded by so-called leaders, who for the sake of partaking in stolen loots, are now churning out falsehood and blatant lies against innocent elders who are supporting the people-oriented leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel in the State.
The statement reads in part, “We are aware that the so-called APC members of Eket extraction, who could well be described as political Ichabods, have sold their conscience to the devil, and are ready to play the devil’s advocate role and mortgage the collective destiny of their people.”
“Although we are not against anyone freely joining any political party or pursuing his selfish interest, we however frown at the idea that pursuing an inordinate ambition must come with the pulling down of our well respected and amiable leader, through unfounded tissues of lies on pages of the media.”
“For the avoidance of doubts, we can say without any fear of equivocation that Elder Benji Udobia is a peace loving, honest and God-fearing leader who has contributed immensely to the development of so many budding talents in this state, and has been a benefactor to many of the Judases who today are pulling strings to bring him down.”
“That we condemn in totality, the smear campaign carried out by agents of the APC against all perceived supporters of Governor Udom Emmanuel, and hereby echo that politics cannot remain a do or die affair where all manners of bitterness and acrimony are employed by losers at the expense of fair play.
The group called on the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress to call its members in Akwa Ibom State to order, to forestall inciting actions that may lead to a breakdown of the existing peace we are currently enjoying in the state.
The youths further advised President Muhammadu Buhari to, “investigate any such unwarranted petition, as it reflects nothing short of a jaundice, selfish and unjustifiable claims against a man who is honest as a servant in God’s vineyard and as a seasoned employer of labour in the State.”
“We are again warning Eseme Eyiboh, Aniekan Akpan, Emem Wills and their cohorts that we are keeping a diary of all their fumbling and in time, generations to come will see the silly calumnious campaigns they carried out against their own people.”
“While we are sure that the Supreme Court will rise to its billing by dispensing justice in line with the mandate of the people that freely enthroned Governor Emmanuel on April 11, 2015, we are also confident that even if a re-run is conducted a million times, Governor Emmanuel will win a million times.”
It is the second time in less than three weeks that Umana’s loyalist will set to disparage the integrity of Elder Udobia, who is incidentally the deputy Director general of the Udom/Moses Campaign Council.