A PDP stalwart and political icon in Eket senatorial district of Akwa Ibom state Elder Ben Udobia, has warned the state opposition party, APC to desist from satanic propaganda and falsehood against him and other key supporters of Governor Udom Emmanuel, and has insisted that the Governor cannot be swayed by such mendacious media war.
Elder Udobia who was reacting to a fabrication on The Guide Newspaper and some APC online media outlets, said Governor Udom is a proud son of the senatorial district whose economic programmes have attracted budding industries and new opportunities to the state.
The elder statesman said Governor Emmanuel remains the best governor in the country and warned APC and other merchants of falsehood against deceiving the people of the state who already know the truth and are ready to swim and soar with the governor.
The statement titled NO EVIL PROPAGANDA CAN DISTRACT OUR GOVERNOR FROM HIS LOFTY VISION FOR OUR PEOPLE, reads in part, “Governor Udom Emmanuel remains the only governor in Nigeria who has been able to kick start the process of using his foreign direct investment programme to attract several international industries such as the upcoming three refineries, the electricity meter plant, the car assemblage factory, the Ibom seaport project, the coconut refinery among others, to the state.”
Udobia who is also the CEO of several hospitality and technical companies in the state expressed that, “the economic ingenuity of the governor, which is second to none, has enabled him to pay salaries of government workers up to date, and still engage in massive roads construction and rehabilitation as well as urban remodelling schemes in major cities.”
He further stated that, “it suffices clearly to be seen that this uncanny action is obviously a reaction to the growing popularity of our amiable governor, which was further strengthened by the myriads of support and solidarity witnessed during the recent grand reception and mega youth rally that we in Eket Senatorial District organised for our worthy ambassador.”
Elder Udobia, the deputy Director General of the Divine Mandate Campaign Committee attributed the false media report to a “grand ploy by the opposition party APC, to engage in media attacks on all key supporters of His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel” in order to cause confusion and heat up the polity and added that, “no amount of smear campaigns or evil propaganda can stop Governor Emmanuel from completing his 8 years tenure as our God given governor.”
He described APC as a party founded on falsehood and mentioned that while Gov Udom Emmanuel has completely paid his workers’ salary, APC governed States like Osun and Imo were under threat of strike action by workers over several months of unpaid wages.
He also cited the recent “unwarranted sacking of an indigene of my local government, Barr Bassey Dan Abia as managing director of NDDC, without any justification,” as another indication that “APC means our people no good, and as such cannot be trusted.”
While describing Governor Emmanuel as a listening leader who regularly consulted stakeholders and elders before taking major decisions in the state, Elder Udobia enjoined all Akwa ibom people to join hands and support him until the expiration of his tenure in 2023.