By our Reporter
A day before one of its Editor’s was arrested, GLOBAL CONCORD carried on its front cover, a question that was aimed at sampling the opinions of Akwa Ibom people, on whether the next Akwa Ibom First Lady, after Mrs. Unoma Akpabio, should be an Igbo lady. Although no aspirant was mentioned in the poser, it was gathered from Bassey Albert’s camp, that the Ibiono-Ibom ex-Finance Commissioner was not happy with the story, and allegedly collaborated to arrest the Monday Editor of the newspaper, the day after.
Some key supporters of Mr. Bassey Albert Akpan told this reporter, that the “arrest was to teach the radical Editor a lesson on how not to dare men with long legs in government and the security agencies”.
According to our sources, Bassey Albert and his supporters accused Thomas Thomas and GLOBAL CONCORD of being sponsored to run the piece, because OBA’s wife is an Igbo woman, and they also claim that Bassey Albert was involved in the saga in which the writer was incarcerated for 38 days.
It was gathered from a source that “a former Personal Assistant to Governor Akpabio, who is now working for Bassey Albert, confided in him that Thomas Thomas “deserves even worse treatment, because of his insolence and ingratitude”, adding that, but for Bassey Albert’s involvement, the NUJ would not have published the disclaimer a day before Thomas Thomas’ arrest; and would not have done the Governor’s bidding. The Union respected the Governor because of Bassey Albert, because he solely and wholly sponsored the NUJ Chairman’s election. In fact, a former PA to the Governor, who is now working for Albert, spearheaded the campaign for Patrick Albert, for the Chairmanship of NUJ in the State, a source told the paper.
Another reason why Bassey Albert allegedly contributed to the incarceration of one of the Editors is because the edition that was in circulation before the incident, also indicted Bassey Albert of having meetings on a regular basis with Gov Akpabio, a source told our reporter. According to our source, “there is evidence to the fact that Bassey is Akpabio’s ‘Plan B’. He is the only aspirant that is allowed to mount billboards in strategic places within the State. He is also the only one besides Udom Emmanuel allowed into Afe Annang’’.
But efforts by our reporter to confirm the reports from Bassey Albert’s camp proved abortive as at the time of filing this report, as their known phone numbers were switched off. Text messages sent to their phones were not replied.