TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE BY PDP – ABAK/ETIM EKPO/IKA FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY ON THE EVIL AND SINISTER PLOTS BY THE LEADERSHIP AND RANKS OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVE CONGRESS (APC) TO DISRUPT THE ELECTION CAUSE MAYHEM, KILLINGS, UNLAWFUL ARREST AND ILLEGAL DETENTION OF SOME LEADERS AND MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLES’ DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP) IN AKWA IBOM STATE
Gentlemen of the Press,
- The Leadership and entire members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State in general and in particular the Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency hereinafter referred to “ABAK FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY” through high intelligence gathering have uncovered deadly and unconscionable plans by the members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to rig, disrupt elections, kill and/or maim, arrest and detain members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abak Federal Constituency.
- We are alerting the security agencies, Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Akwa Ibom State Government and the international community of the evil plans and plots to make the Abak Federal Constituency a blood stream before, during and after the elections.
- It has become known to us in the Peoples Democratic Party in Abak Federal Constituency through very reliable intelligence that Hon. Emmanuel Ekon who has been generally rejected by the people of the Abak Federal Constituency has entered into high level wicked conspiracy with Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, DIG Udom Ekpoudom (Rtd)., Mr. Ini Okopido, the State Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC), Dr. Innocent Idiong, Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, Hon. Emmanuel Sunday Akpan (aka “EMSA”), Hon. Nse Ntuen and Barr. Ibanga Akpabio through recruitment of militants and thugs to cause mayhem, killings, unlawful arrest and illegal detention of the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Abak Federal Constituency at the wake of today 19th day of February, 2019. All these are intended to aid them rig the elections.
- Now, it is indeed pertinent to state factually, with indices and figures as the devilish plans and plots uncovered in order to ascertain that we are not dwelling on rumours and speculations.
- Firstly, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio who is the Senatorial Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District having seen certainly his imminent political defeat and doom, has now played to the murky political waters, by reawakening and regrouping the deadly and dreaded local militia group in Ika Local Government Area known as “THE CONCERNED CITIZES OF IKA” a group that was proscribed owing to wanton killings by Obong Victor Bassey Attah, the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State during his first term in Office in the year 2002.
- In fact, it is on record that when Senator Godswill Akpabio became the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State in the year, 2007, some of the members of the deadly “Concerned Citizens” of Ika Local Government Area were all loyal to him, even when they denounced membership of the group. On very strong footing, one of the backbone member of the group was driven to the Ukana Ikot Ntuen, Country Home of Senator Godswill Akpabio by Hon. Gabriel Toby Udo (a former Member of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly representing the Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency) to meet with Senator Godswill Akpabio on the 14th day of December, 2018.
- At the meeting, Senator Godswill Akpabio, gave a fat sum of N5, 000,000.00 (Five Million Naira) to the man who pleaded with the Ika People that he shared his encounter with, not to disclose the matter. However, we are ready to give details and particulars of the person to security operative, though; the said man expressed dissatisfaction with the arrangement citing the carnage that engulfed Ika Local Government as at the time of the onslaught by the concerned citizen of Ika Local Government Area in the years back.
- We were reliably informed that Senator Akpabio and Hon. Emmanuel Ekon have concluded their evil agenda to use the deadly group to kill, destroy, kidnap, abduct and intimidate the leadership and members of the PDP.
- Permit us, to inform the whole world that Hon. Emmanuel Ekon has stockpiled arms and ammunitions at different locations in Abak, Etim Ekpo and Ika Local Government Areas including Iwukem his village for the purpose of causing crises during the election. Facts available reveal that in Ika Local Government Area, Hon. Emmanuel Ekon in connivance with Senator Godswill Akpabio, Mr. Idorenyin Akpabio and D.I.G. Udom EkpoUdom (rtd.), stashed arms and ammunitions in Ikot Udo Village in Ika Local Government Area under the watch of one Ufok Samuel Abai, a well known cultist and a Public Servant with the NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (NEMA). He deserted his place of assignment in Benin City, Edo State since the month of September, 2018, and became a Personal Aide to Mr. Ini Okopido, the State Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and a full blown thug and Arms Carrier for Hon. Emmanuel Ekon. He is said to have informed his office that he is on sick leave, while going around shooting and intimidating PDP members in the Abak Federal Constituency. He also boasts and claims that all the ill-gotten monies he has received from his benefactors, he shares with his direct boss in the NEMA office and that is why he cannot be queried in the office. This notorious public servant was detained for 9 months in the cell of Akwa Ibom State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in connection with maiming of people in Abak a in cult war. He was later released in a strange circumstance. This is verifiable and confirmable from the Police.
- Again, we have information on illegal arms and ammunitions depots in Nto Mbadum and Itak Ikot Onono, now under the custody of Emmanuel Ukpong of Itak Ikot Onono otherwise called General Executioner of the dreaded and deadly “Rockcity Group” in Ikot Onono, Ika Local Government Area.
- It is also not in dispute that, in Ikot Esu, Ika, Local Government Area, and Hon. Gabriel Toby personally kept the guns at place known as Itak Kiet Ebuk Edip in Ikot Esu – Ika. On the eve of the postponed election, Hon. Gabriel Toby was demonstrating a satanic show of strength, when he resorted to sporadic shooting of guns in his compound, without any just cause.
- Apparently, and from intelligence available to us, illegal arms were moved into Ikot Udo Village, Ikot Esu, Nto Mbadum and Ikot Onono in Ika Local Government Area with the help of D.I.G. Udom Ekpo Udom (rtd.) and Supol Idorenyin Akpabio. The aim is to have Ika as their operational base, where the culprits will overrun and overwhelm the other two Local Government Areas of Abak and Etim Ekpo.
- Gentlemen of the press, it has been also brought to our notice that in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area – the road leading from Utu Etim Ekpo to Ikot Osukpong in Ika, particularly, at the Utu Etim Ekpo – Etok Uruk Eshiet Valley, Hon. Emmanuel Ekon is using same as hideout for the custody of his arms and armed thugs with the plan of striking the headquarters of Etim Ekpo and the INEC office which is about 700 meters from the hideout.
- It should also be noted that in Abak Local Government Area, Dr. Innocent Idiong, a former Chairman of Abak Local Government Council, is the alleged henchman and the custodian of the arms and other dangerous weapons for the group. The arms and hoodlums at Abak are stationed in the notorious Hutterian Community privately owned by Dr. Innocent Idiong. In addition, there are other places in the Abak Federal Constituency where dangerous weapons have been stashed. Similarly, we have information that Hon. Emmanuel Ekon have enrolled the services of one of his trainees to import cultists from Akamkpa in Akpabuyo, Cross River State, Bayelsa and Rivers States to attack and disrupt election in Abak.
- In view of these wicked machinations, threats and intimidations, the leadership and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have remained calm, law abiding and resolute in pursuit of clean electoral activities as we are certain that the people of the Federal Constituency are massively in our support.
- Gentlemen, this press conference became absolutely necessary in order to abreast the entire world of the desperation of the leaders, candidates and members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Abak Federal Constituency in particular and Akwa Ibom State generally.
- Worthy of mention is that Senator Akpabio and his team have already procured and distributed fake police and army uniforms to thugs and militants to subvert the wishes of the people in addition to already thumb printed ballot papers in favour of the APC, while finding ways of procuring original result sheets.
- It will be recalled that Senator Akpabio has been boasting during campaigns that the elections will be concluded within 3 hours. This boast can only be achieved when the above scenario is taken into consideration
- Another satanic agenda which has been revealed to us is that, upon the realization of the fact that they are going to fail the elections, the APC candidates, aside from violence, have already hired the services of DIG Udom Ekpoudom to begin man hunt and arrest of all the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abak Federal Constituency. Just yesterday, the 18th day of February, 2019, at about 4:00p.m in the Ewet Housing residence of Mr. Ini Okopido, the State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), in attendance were DIG Udom Ekpo Udom, Hon. Emmanuel Ekon, Hon. Gabriel Toby, and Barr. Ibanga Akpabio, Mr. Idorenyin Akpabio, (who is a serving Police officer and a younger brother to Senator Godswill Akpabio), Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, Hon. Innocent Idiong, Hon. Akanimo Edet, Barr. Chris Okorie, Chief Sunny Ibanga, Mr. Uyoe Nathaniel, Hon. Emmanuel Sunday Akpan (EMSA) and Hon. Nse Ntuen, took a decision to either kidnap or kill the following persons as if kidnappers or armed robbers are the ones doing the acts:
(1) Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem, (PDP National Legal Adviser)
(2) Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko
(3) Hon. Aniekan Umanah
(4) Hon. Akan Eyo
(5) Hon. Friday Iwok
(6) Chief Saviour Enyiekere
(7) Hon. Uduot Jack
(8) Elder (Comrade) Udeme Otong
(9) Barr. Utibe Nwoko
(10) Hon. Mfon Idung
(11) Hon. Imo Ibokette
(12) Barr Patrick Udomfang
(13) Mr. Ekpuk Eshiet
(14) Dr Emmanuel Ukpong
(15) Chief Archibong. S. Akpan
(16) Bishop (Prof) Ahaziah Umanah
(17) Hon Ekerette Inyang
(18) Apostle Samuel Noah
(19) Mrs. Inibehe Silas
(20) Mr. Godswill Dickson Udom
(21) Mr. Gideon Uwah
(22) Mr. Imo Moses
(23) Dr Mike Udoh
(24) Hon. Aniekan Dan
(25) Mr. Iboro Nelson
(26) Hon. Beatus Udofia
(27) Hon. Otuekong Inyang
(28) Chief (Hon.) Anthony Udousung
(29) Hon. Udeme Eduo
(30) Hon. (Barr.) Imo William
(31) Pastor ImoAbasi Jacob
(32) Hon. Eseme Essien
(33) Hon. Ernest Essien
(34) Hon. Godson Uwah and other prominent members and leaders of PDP.
In fact, the above named persons are to be abducted, kidnapped, killed or arrested before or during the election. It was one of the persons who attended the meeting at Mr. Ini Okopido’s house who alerted us on the heinous plot. We wish to state unequivocally that should anything happen to the aforementioned persons or any of them, the earlier listed cohorts should be held responsible.
- Consequently, we want the security operatives, the Army, Police, the DSS and other Security organs to be in the know of these developments, investigate, and forestall the impending carnage.
Already we have petitioned the Inspector General of Police on the alleged evil plot. The Petition to the Inspector General of Police by the People of Abak Federal Constituency is here attached for your perusal.
We, the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abak Federal Constituency and Akwa Ibom State in general want to restate and reiterate that we demand a violent free election, devoid of rancor and horror. Given the present ranking of Akwa Ibom State in the Community of other States in Nigeria as the most peaceful State, we want the status quo to be sustained now and after the election.
We do hope that the APC will provide the enabling environment for the sustenance of our hard earned democracy, driven in Akwa Ibom State by the spirit filled DIVINE MANDATE of his Excellency, Deacon Udom Emmanuel whose faith is in ONLY GOD.