The Akwa Ubokabasi Campaign Organisation has again received intelligence that political opponents who are so overwhelmed by the electoral popularity of Distinguished Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, the senator representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District in the forthcoming senatorial election, have come up with another purported criminal plot with the intention to incriminate him and smear his reputation. In this particular plot, they want to equally join Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Akpan Luke, the Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

The intelligence has it that the criminal gang reportedly led by one Tokyo is to be syndicated from Bayelsa and other States of the Federation, who are technically assembled to offer well-rehearsed “confessional statements” with the intention to link Senator Bassey Albert Akpan and Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Akpan Luke as their mentors as well as sponsors for alleged electoral mischief and other curious criminal actions.

While we know that this is a plot prompted by the propagandists to smear the hard-earned reputation of a popular and leading candidate in the forthcoming senatorial elections in Akwa Ibom North East and Etinan Federal Constituency, we rise to counsel the plotters that this blackmail scheme is too infantile and lacking in merit in all ramifications.

We know that the opposition, having realised that our principal, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan is very far ahead on the electoral success table in the upcoming senatorial poll, going by his massive acceptance by constituents in Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District, have resorted to desperate moves as a means of smearing his image and reputation. For us, this is quite laughable, having known that the mission is conceived in deceit to mislead and misinform the public.

The reputation and wide popularity of Senator Bassey Albert Akpan is incontestable in Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District, Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria in general, premised on his humble lifestyle, dealings and public service for a long time before his sojourn into the political space. So when opposition finds his credentials so formidable and popular with the electorate, they resort to banal and fictitious contemplation against a young man, who is so blessed by God to stand in the gap in offering quality services to humanity.

In this regard, we hasten to say that no devise or calculated plan devised by the opposition will work against a man on a mission and a man who knows what leadership and service means. We accordingly advise them to leave Senator Bassey Albert Akpan alone and to rather think on how to bolster their electoral fortunes.

Do we restate that before Senator Bassey Albert Akpan responded to the call to serve his people in Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District as Senator, he had a prospering career in the banking industry, and had held several top management positions, as well as serving the Akwa Ibom State Government as Commissioner for Finance for over six years.

We make haste to say that we are completely unperturbed about such evil conspiracies, hence this public press statement intended to disabuse the minds of the gullible public as the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly election is few days away.

However, we wish to state that such provocative allegation is capable of creating public upheaval – the outcome which can potentially undermine the electoral processes, cause confusion in the polity and thereby throw our society into turmoil going by the massive support that our Senator commands.

We wish to advise the opposition to realise that democracy lies with the electorates and that it is within their power to exercise their rights, determine who they want or who they do not want. Democracy centres on free choices and not through coercion. Senator Bassey Albert Akpan is the people’s choice by reason of his antecedents – selfless services, empowerment, accessibility and honesty spanning many years, long before his sojourn to the Senate in 2015.

The period of campaigns offered candidates the opportunity to put before the people their plan of actions in line with their party’s manifestoes, achievements and the ability to win their hearts to secure victory at the polls. The absence of this cannot not be blamed on any other candidate.

This alarm is raised to alert the public and the constituents of Uyo Senatorial District to be aware of this mischievous plan by the opposition to dent the image of Senator Bassey Albert Akpan and Barr. Onofiok Akpan Luke, the candidate for Etinan Federal Constituency as we prepare for the National Assembly elections on Saturday, February 23, 2019. This is a scheme that has failed and we cannot be intimidated or cowed into submission for our stoic stance to stand to remain with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, in line with the zoning principle in in Akwa Ibom State.

We urge security agencies to be completely apolitical at this period of elections and to ensure that its personnel exhibit professionalism without compromise at all times.

The conceived plot has nothing to do with Senator Bassey Albert Akpan and Barr. Onofiok Akpan Luke. And Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District knows where their hope lies and they cannot be deceived at any time.

Elder Imoh Okon
Director General, Akwa Ubokabasi Campaign Organisation for the re-election of Senator Bassey Albert Akpan