ABAK-FIVE POLITICAL FORUM (APF)
Temporary Secretariat: Ikot Ekpat
His Excellency, Chief (Dr) Godswill Obot Akpabio (CON),
Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State,
AN OPEN LETTER ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF CHIEF (ENGR) ALBERT UKPANNAH
It is no longer news that our Patron, Late (Engr) Albert Ukpannah, was killed by some yet-to-be identified assassins, on March 12, 2014, at his residence.
The late Albert Ukpannah, was up until his death, a great champion in this onerous task of ensuring that the Old Abak Division i.e Abak/Ika/Etim Ekpo Federal Constituency, produces for the first time since Nigeria’s independence, a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, come 2015.
It is however a truism to state here, that his death has created a great vacuum in the political field of Ukanafun, even as it has also sent shivers down the spines of some of us wishing to continue from where he was forced to stop.
Our fear does not mean that we are afraid of continuing in this all-important struggle of demanding the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial seat, come 2015; rather, it is borne out of a great surprise, that an important personality, like the late Ukpanah, could be gruesomely murdered, without any trace of the perpetrators.
Although we are yet to confirm the provisional speculations that Late Engr. Ukpanah was killed after attending a meeting with Your Excellency, at the Hilltop Mansion, we are indeed vindicated by the “reported“ Police Report that his death was “politically motivated”; because we suspected same in our earlier Press Release. If the Police Report is true, then everyone in this part of the world is plunged into the abyss of questions like “Who will be the next?”
One may be tempted to believe that the cause of Chief Ukpanah’s death is not far from the Government House under your watch. We recall that similar circumstances, leading to Ukpanah’s death manifested during the attack on His Excellency, Chief Donald Etiebet, HRM Edidem Ime Dickson Umoette, (Paramount Ruler of Etinan), just to mention a few, where their attackers reportedly demanded the money you gave to them after their meetings with you.
It is also on record that the Late Ukpanah at different fora, advocated for a 2015 Senator of former Abak Division extraction, which was, and is still against your ambition. There are also concerns that the Late Ukpanah’s son, Odudu Ukpannah, was later arrested, perhaps to suggest that he killed his father. This is the same way Fabian Ekpenyong (the only surviving brother of the Ekpenyong brothers ,killed on the same day), and the late Paul Inyang’s son, were arrested and detained, after their brothers and father were respectively killed by assassins suspected to be sponsored by the administration under your watch.
It is upon the afore-mentioned analyses, that we demand that as Chief Security Officer of our dear State, Akwa Ibom, you produce the killers of Late Chief Albert Ukpanah.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Thanks, Your Excellency
Hon. David Ikrok Evang. Udoma Akpan
Chapter Coordinator Secretary