January 12, 2021



Rational Akwa Ibom people on Monday, January 11, 2021, were once again forced to watch the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom State engage in their traditional festival of mud bath.

The APC, in a release authored by a team of their rabble-rousers and given to their ad-hoc Publicity Secretary to append his name, tried strenuously but failed to substantiate their accusation to the effect that a purported list which made its way into public domain was actually a list of paid “propagandists” to publicize the achievements of His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel’s administration.

It is illogical and ludicrous for the APC to push the faintest notion that Governor Emmanuel will ever have the need to bankroll “propagandists to twist facts to his favour on the issue of his performance”. For a Governor whose sterling sectoral achievements since assumption of office has earned him accolades and commendations from notable Nigerians, including Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (who recently applauded Governor Udom’s vision and investments in the Smart building) and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (who constantly praises projects executed in His Excellency’s administration for their futuristic underpinning at inauguration events), it is only a party peopled by a handful of retrogressive humans that will try to cover these accolades with their evil bushel. For the avoidance of doubt and maybe to break the spell cast over the members of the APC in the Akwa Ibom state, we do hope they can visit the link herein attached for a thorough perusal of the unprecedented achievements of His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel in the past five years –

We must remind the APC that it is a standard and acceptable procedure for Governments and representatives of government to route all official communications through documents (mostly letter-headed papers) bearing the insignia of such governments. This confers a stamp of authenticity and credibility on such documents.

Going by this incontrovertible fact, it is reprehensible for the APC or any group of a few unfortunate individuals to allege that a certain list, (not printed on any official document emanating from government circles which could be traceable to Governor Udom Emmanuel) with names of people, circulated on the social media and purported to have come from the office of the Chief of Staff to the Governor, is an official government document or even authentic in any sense of the word.

There is no evidence in the public domain indicating that the State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Mr Amos Etuk and others listed in the purported list have received a dime from the Akwa Ibom State Government as alleged by the APC.

Those who authored the said release and gave to the stopgap APC publicity secretary to append his name must understand that there have succeeded in pushing the Spokesman of their coven to the brink of a likely litigation on defamation of character of the State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Mr Amos Etuk, and the others mentioned that very hungry script issued as a press release.

Assuming but not conceding that the former chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Mr Patrick Albert had appeared before the Governorship elections tribunal, wouldn’t the authors of that cow dung in the name of a release have understood that he could have done so within the ambits of his rights as a voter in that election or as one who may have acted as a media observer during the election.

As a party deeply interested in the well-being of Akwa Ibom people, the PDP is beginning to wonder if the handful of people still remaining in the APC’s coven sincerely uphold the lies frequently pushed out by their Spokesman as their version of reality about the strides made by the Udom’s administration. The tragedy that will arise from this worrisome situation will be that this handful of people will not rise to take advantage of the sectoral achievements by the Governor Emmanuel’s administration to better their personal lots.

We are sad that what was meant to be a political party has been reduced to a band of idlers whose favourite pastime is trafficking in bland, mischievous and puke-inducing lies and gossips. Although our party has elected to occasionally rise to the patriotic duty of stripping the APC of its cloak of genetically modified ignorance, we will do so within the boundaries of enriching conversations and debates while we pray that some day soon, they’ll all come within the light of truth and desist from this unbecoming and incessant attempts to discredit or distract the very focused and fruit bearing efforts of His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel.


Borono Bassey
State Publicity Secretary
Peoples Democratic Party
Akwa Ibom State
January 11, 2021