At a time that all true democrats are preparing for the next political transition in Nigeria, beginning on May 29, 2019, and thereafter concerned with the delivery of dividends of democracy to constituents, some rabble rousers are already hallucinating with laughable antics about 2023 Governorship in Akwa Ibom State.

And ridiculously, their target is Distinguished Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, Senator and Senator – elect for Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District (2015-2019/2019-2023).

From intelligence, these agent provocateurs are currently in the works, printing T-Shirts, Banners, and other campaign materials, with the pictures of Senator Bassey Albert Akpan for 2023 Governorship! And they plan to display this during the inauguration ceremony of Governor Udom Emmanuel and at such other functions that are of political significance.

How ludicrous can this be! We wish therefore to alert members of the public, particularly Akwa Ibom electorates that the purported T-Shirt production as hinted by intelligence, does not and cannot emanate from Senator Bassey Albert Akpan or any of his associates. We ask Security agencies to take necessary action against these invidious acts.

As the most ranking legislator from Akwa Ibom State in the National Assembly, Senator Akpan is concerned about taking his commendable services and effective representation to higher heights. His second term is geared towards doubling his stellar performances.

These blind and insensitive political jobbers first started with online campaign posters with pictures of Senator Akpan, and followed up with wild and unsubstantiated publication in some State based Newspapers, alleging moves to take over the administration of Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel. Clearly, they can only say so because they lack insight as to how government operates.

With his unquestionable patriotism, loyalty and commitment, he is, like other stakeholders, supporting and working hand in hand with Governor Emmanuel for a more impactful second term and the completion of his developmental agenda.

It should be known that Governor Emmanuel is too matured to be dragged into pedestrian jokes and blackmail. Senator Akpan, popularly known as OBA cannot be equally blackmailed where he errs not.

Conscious political observers will readily fault such antics against Senator Akpan as being completely mischievous and unwarranted. Governor Udom Emmanuel is known and celebrated as a deft, seasoned administrator and political leader of Akwa Ibom State, who does not only know every of his subjects, but has sufficient security information to act on, in taking crucial decisions, whenever such need arises.

The printing of Campaign materials clearly four (4) years ahead of the next phase of electioneering is a monstrous act, which no humane patriot like Senator Akpan can ever embark on. Besides, as a faithful, he knows that tomorrow belongs to the Almighty God. He is not senseless to be consumed about things that are only within the realms of providence.

He is concerned about today, focusing on his responsibility in giving Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District in particular and Akwa Ibom State in general in concert with other legislators a better voice in the Red Chambers, attracting dividends as it should be to the constituents.

Those who are having sleepless nights over his fruitful representation and for constantly offering empowerment to people, like the ongoing universities scholarship scheme, which is unparalleled in our clime, need to realize that OBA values people’s mandate and he will always work to justify the confidence reposed in him and remain absolutely loyal to Governor Udom Emmanuel and Akwa Ibom State. Enough is Enough!

Obong Daniel Udoh
Chairman, Constituency Liaison Office &
Political Adviser to Senator Bassey Albert Akpan
Ewet Housing Estate

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