Sunday, 12 January 2014

I have no presidential, VP ambition •Akpabio cries out

I have no presidential, VP ambition •Akpabio cries out

Contrary to allegations in some quarters that the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio is nursing an ambition to become president or vice-president of the country in 2015, the state government has stated that there was no iota of truth in the allegations, describing them as an “invidious campaign of calumny and blackmail.”
 
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, the state government said the smear campaign, which had been on in the print, electronic and social media as well as internet and bulk SMS, was part of a conspiracy to misrepresent Akpabio and thereby cause tension in the polity.
 
“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state in clear and unambiguous terms that Governor Godswill Akpabio is not interested in, and is not nursing any presidential or vice-presidential ambition,” the statement said, adding that Akpabio had been known as “The Promise Keeper” because he was known to always keep his words and he had expressed it several times that he had no presidential or vice-presidential ambition.
 
The statement called on the president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan; his wife, Patience; the Governors’ Forum; the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Nigerians to “discountenance the evil conspiracy and campaign of lies and falsehood.”

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