2015: Akwa Ibom Government replies Sheikh Gumi •Alleges plot to set Akpabio against Jonathan

Posted by News Express | 27 October 2014 | 3,738 times

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The Akwa Ibom State Government has cautioned Sheikh Ahmad Gumi to leave Governor Godswill Akpabio out of his “vituperation against President Goodluck Jonathan,” while accusing him of inciting Nigerians against the President.

Sheikh Gumi had last week been quoted as having advised Jonathan to withdraw from the presidential race and give way to Governor Akpabio to “finish” for him.

Reacting to Gumi’s position, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, described it as a disparaging commentary on the efforts of President Jonathan in piloting the affairs of the nation.

“Even more worrisome is the wild insinuation that the President is responsible for the Boko Haram insurgency in spite of the efforts of the President in curbing security challenges and particularly the recent negotiation and cease fire agreement intended to bring an end to insurgency in some parts of the country,” Mr Umanah said.

He said Gumi’s comments would have been ignored if he had not dragged in the name of Governor Akpabio as possible replacement to President Jonathan, a view the commissioner described as absurd and a ploy to create a wedge between the Akwa Ibom State Governor and the Presidency.

According to Umanah, “This, of course, follows a similar pattern of structured falsehood by certain renegades among the political class, especially  some governorship aspirants in Akwa Ibom State who believe that their sure way to getting into power in 2015 is to portray Governor Akpabio in bad light in order to incite the Presidency against him.

“For the umpteenth time, we wish to state unequivocally that Governor Godswill Akpabio is not interested in running for the office of President of Nigeria in 2015, but to assiduously work towards the electoral victory of President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP in the 2015 general elections.

“We totally distance the Governor, Government, and indeed the good people of Akwa Ibom State from the mischievous diatribe whilst calling on Nigerians to ignore this divisive and ill-conceived advice by Ahmad Gumi.”

The commissioner reiterated the aspiration of Chief Akpabio to contest the forth-coming election to represent the people of Akwa Ibom North-West in the Senate and pledged the support of the people of Akwa Ibom to the re-election of President Jonathan.

Photo shows Sheikh Ahmad Gumi.

Source: News Express

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