…Vows To Resist Attempts To Forcefully Take Over The State
By Mfonobong Ukpong
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State has alerted the international community and Nigerians of alleged plans by members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to assassinate high ranking PDP state government officials.
Speaking in a press conference on Thursday at the State Secretariat of the party, the Chairman of the party, Obong Paul Ekpo, said the party has received an intelligence report of the planned assassination attempt on its members, adding that Akwa Ibom people would resist attempts by the opposition to forcefully take over the state, and accused the APC of plotting to paralyse the activities of government in the state.
In his words, “It is pertinent to note that we have uncovered fresh plots by the APC to use the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to clamp down on Akwa Ibom State government account. This is another desperate attempt by APC to paralyse the activities of the government of Akwa Ibom State.
“Recall that Akwa Ibom State, despite being adjudged the safest state in Nigeria, has set a very high turnover of Police Commissioners.
“This is a clear indication of the manipulation of the APC as a prelude to activating intelligence report reaching us on the planned assassination attempt on some high ranking PDP and Akwa Ibom State government officials.The PDP and indeed Akwa Ibom people are not ignorant of the fact that all these preliminary machinations by the APC are just mere schemes to drag Governor Udom Emmanuel on a collision course with President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We are confident that the international community, Nigerians and Akwa Ibom people are taking note of the players in this show of shame and their respective roles in the effort to push the state into an abyss of violence, anarchy and destruction”.
The party however condemned in strong terms, the comical and criminal acts of the five dissident House members who broke into the hallowed chambers of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, pledged loyalty and support to the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, the National Assembly Caucus led by distinguished Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, and the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon.Barr. Onofiok Akpan Luke for demonstrating maturity and competence in steering the affairs of the House.
In the press conference were members of the state executive council of the party, government officials and chieftains of the party, including the Deputy Chairman of the party, Sunyekere Inokon, Commissioner for Information, Charles Udo, Political Leader of Essien Udim, Obong Michael Afangideh, former National Assembly member, Rt. Hon. Nduese Essien among several others.