Our attention has been drawn to a comical “News” item with the above title published in several traditional and online platforms especially the APC News TV an online platform of the All Progressives Congress. As a party we seek to place on record the following:
That the state chairman of the PDP, Obong Paul Ekpo has not issued any press statement or granted any interview on the subject matter of the visit of some former governorship spirant to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State.
That his attendance at the said meeting was due to his office as the state party chairman whose duty is to facilitate coercion and encourage unity among party faithfuls.
That at no time during the meeting was the issue of the aspiration of any of the guests discussed.
That the state chairman did not and in fact cannot say that Chief Assam Assam SAN (a former Attorney General of the state and Ambassador of Nigeria to Russia and Belarus) collected money from Chief Godswil Akpabio during election petition tribunal.
That the former governorship aspirants are all members of the party who have not at any material time defected from the party and therefore have the undeniable right to visit and show solidarity to the governor who is the leader of the party.
That the state party under the leadership of Obong Paul Ekpo has maintained an open front door policy where defectors are welcomed back with open arms and absorbed into the party.
That from the tone of the said report the source is obvious – our opponents who desire to cause acrimony within our party. However, their badly crafted work showed bad faith ex facie and can only pass for a poor attempt at criminal fiction.
That we charge all media practitioners to shun junk journalism and embrace journalism with ethics. It is quite understandable that junk journalism keeps food on the table of its practitioners, but the truth is that it is toxic to both the producer and the consumer.
That our party the Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom State remains a strong, untorn and unshakable umbrella which is providing great shade and succor for the masses who are troubled by the scourge of the chains of negative change.
That we commend our performing governor, His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for playing host to distinguished Akwa Ibom Citizens who were his co-competitors during the governorship primaries.
We also appreciate and salute Chief Assam Assam, Barr. Ekpenyong Ntekim, Prince Chris Abasi-Eyo, Pastor Ita Udo, Rt. Hon. Okpolupm Etteh Dr. Samuel Udonsak, Mr. Effiong Usin for their show of maturity and faith in the party.
We will continue to place huge premium on quality membership who can disagree without jumping ship – this is indeed a great show of honour and principle which is totally at variance with the easy and lesser virtue of jumping ship at the manifestation of the most flimsy reason.
Finally, we urge Nigerians to continue to bear with divine grace, the huge suffering which the current APC led Federal Government has poured on the country, with the hope that at the earliest opportunity, we shall CHANGE THE CHANGE!
Comrade Ini Ememobong
State Publicity Secretary
Peoples Democratic Party
Akwa Ibom State.