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Cletus Bassey administers oath of secrecy to members, as Ntia Ntia, others absent


By Udeme Silas

ACA president, Archbishop Cletus Bassey yesterday placed curses on disloyal members who act as moles in the organization, by releasing vital information over his clandestine support to Senator Bassey Albert’s governorship aspirations.

The furious clergyman, who maintained that ACA was the only organization to produce the next Akwa Ibom State governor, issued out curses at the body’s summit at Destiny Mission Church, Uyo, Thursday May 19.

He also threw spats at Governor Udom Emmanuel for patronizing foreign preachers and vowed to fight against pastors who are not Akwa Ibomites taking over the priesthood roles at the state government functions.

Our reporter who was denied entrance into the hall during the occasion, was reliably informed by a source who attended the meeting from Ikot Ekpene Senatorial zone of Akwa Ibom State that the meeting was to launch a Gatekeeping mission to protect the state from invasion by missionaries from outside, as the body favoured only indigenous missionaries.


When pressed further, the source said: “I cannot say much because we are under oath not to reveal what was discussed at the meeting.”

Our reported who milled around the premises while the meeting lasted, observed that members were scared to speak to press as the archbishop had placed curses on members for divulging messages given at the meeting to members of the public.

Notwithstanding, we learnt he appointed one Bishop Ekpo, 85, to chair the Gatekeepers forum. He also took time to attack the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for not supporting his candidate as his successor and sworn to fight the governor to a standstill. He was said to assure the gathering of his ability to install the next governor and become the leader of the priesthood order in the next government.

Meanwhile, prominent indigenous ministers like Rev. Ntia I. Ntia were not sighted amongst those who attended the meeting, except Apostle Nnyenime Andy, Rev. Angela Ashong and her husband, Prof Ashong Ashong.

Ntia Ntia, it was revealed was prevailed upon by an influential preacher in the Federal Capital City who warned him to stay off ACA political meetings to avoid his support backfiring at his church.

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