Posted by News Express | 25 October 2018 | 2,628 times
Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has elected to lead his team of Campaign Coordinators to the Inspector General of Police who summoned them and accused them of various misdemeanours based on a petition by the All Progressives Congress Chairman in the State, Ini Okopido, sent to the President Muhammadu Buhari that he quickly minuted to his Chief of Staff who, in line with orders, minuted to IGP for immediate investigation.
The issue here borders on destruction of Buhari's Presidential campaign billboards in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, a charge PDP and the Environment Commissioner have denied and clarified. The general plank for the invitation, according to the police, revolves around instigation to cause violence.
All the persons invited by the Inspector General of Police curiously are the key officers of Udom Emmanuel Divine Mandate Organisation, the vehicle for Udom’s reaction.
Those invited to appear today are the Chairperson of Divine Mandate, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, a retired Nigerian Air Force personal, former head of the Presidential Air Fleet and former Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State. Also invited by the IGP for questioning is the Peoples Democratic Party Chairman in the State Paul Ekpo, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly Onofiok Luke, the Commissioner for Environment Dr. Iniobong Essien, the Senior Special Assistant on Security Fubara Duke, the Chairman of Uyo Local Government Council and the Chairman of the Uyo Market Association.
“A security agency established by law has invited us so we have to honour. We obey laws here. It started with the billboard issue and the IGP sent a team from Abuja that investigated and even detained the Commissioner for Environment for no just cause. Is this their concept to intimidate and take over Akwa Ibom State that they have been orchestrating and boasting about? Acceptability is at the polls. Let’s go there. We are ready,” a ranking government official in the State said before they boarded an aircraft to Abuja.
“The APC conducted their governorship primaries in this State and three persons were killed, no petitions, no investigations, no arrest, no prosecution. As a fallout from the primaries, a police station was burnt in Okobo Local Government Area, and other sundry but weighty infractions, yet the police looked at the left and ignored the incidences at the right even with photo evidence and outcries,” he said.
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