Akwa Ibom State Government has described as unfortunate, statement credited to Senator Aloysius Etok, of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, wherein he made “spurious allegations that the state governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, was after his life.”
In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, the State Government dismissed the allegations as paranoid, deceitful, baseless and mere hallucinations that serve no purpose whatsoever.
The statement stressed that Governor Akpabio has no problem with Senator Etok and would not join issues with anyone on conjectures credited to the senator, who the governor worked hard with the people to produce.
Umanah said: “Governor Akpabio is a God fearing and peace loving man, and has never, and will never contemplate evil against anyone, let alone, his brother and friend, Senator Aloysius Etok.”
On the allegation that the governor is maintaining a hit squad to fight Etok, the commissioner said: “For the avoidance of doubt, Governor
Akpabio has no hit squad and has never been after the life of any citizen of the state rather he engages the policy of inclusiveness to ensure citizens and stakeholders have a say in the affairs of the state.”
While describing the allegation of mobilising local government chairmen and members of the state House of Assembly against Sen. Etok as a figment of the imagination of the authors of such demented scripts, the statement noted that Governor Akpabio was not in the country at the time the alleged actions were taken neither was he party to same as he was attending the Commonwealth Bar Association Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.