Governor Udom denies preventing Atiku from consulting Akwa Ibom PDP delegates

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has denied rumor of using his office to prevent former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar from consulting Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Governor made this known through his information Commissioner, Mr Ini Ememobong in a press release dated 15th May 2022.

“The news item with the above heading surfaced on the media space, alleging that Governor Udom Emmanuel barred Alh. Atiku Abubakar from meeting with delegates. It also went on to make a lot of spurious allegations, laced with foul and profane language. Nothing can be farther from the truth as this. The said news is totally incompatible with the known accommodating disposition of the Governor”, the release said.

The Governor wondered why he would prevent the former Vice President of the country from consulting the party’s delegates
When infact other aspirants have had their field day with the delegates and at will.

“The truth is that the Governor who has been in communication and contact with all other Presidential Aspirants(Atiku Abubakar inclusive) was informed that the former Vice President will be visiting on Monday, 16th May,2022 to meet with delegates and thereafter see him (Gov. Emmanuel)by 4pm, a proposal that was unhesitatingly accepted. It is therefore pure mischief for anyone to insinuate that the Governor is preventing Alhaji Abubakar from seeing delegates. Other Presidential Aspirants have visited the party in Akwa Ibom without a hitch, so why would Atiku’s be different?

In the light of current circumstances surrounding Atiku’s media posture, especially online, we will like to discard the news item as not coming from them and not having the authorization of the Presidential Aspirant himself, especially since the allegation is not personally signed off and is not posted on any of his verified social media accounts.

We urge the entire public to discountenance the fake news and treat it as an act of mischief of the highest order. Our delegates and team are waiting to receive the aspirant on the agreed date and time

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