AKWA IBOM MANDATE UNION
84 Ikot Ekpene Road,Uyo.
July 12, 2018
THAT VAIN PRESS RELEASE BY CIVIL LIBERTY ORGANIZATIONS AGAINST AKWA IBOM STATE GOVERNMENT: CLETUS UKPONG’S UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
We are aware of a press release purportedly written by the Civil Liberty Organizations, signed by a certain Barr Ibrahim M. T., which corroborates an earlier report by an online medium that the Akwa Ibom State Government sponsored media attacks on a reporter of Premium Times, Cletus Ukpong.
After due diligent checks, we can categorically say that this Press Release is not only an aberration but very idiotic by the writer, viz:
1. This so called Assistant Editor of Premium Times, said to be in charge of the South South region of Premium Times, is a serial blackmailer, a hack writer and an unrepentant apologist of both Obong Umana Okon Umana (2014/2015) and Obong Nsima Ekere (presently) Governorship Campaign Organizations.
2. Let him show to the whole world similar negative reports he has done on any of the other five states that constitute his area of coverage- the South South.
3. Can the said Premium Times editor deny that he is not on the payroll of Obong Nsima Ekere, the Port Harcourt based APC chieftain from Akwa Ibom State? How come he has failed to see the shoddy execution of projects by his principal, the NDDC Managing Director, despite widespread cries from the public.
4. Is there any law in journalism which says journalists should only highlight negative things in a government while ignoring good and positive things that the same government is also doing.
5. Has Mr Assistant Editor of Premium Times not seen all the roads, industries and other projects Governor Udom Emmanuel has done and or attracted to the state in the last three years, even to the admiration of his colleagues and contemporaries across the country, despite the harsh economic terrain the government of his sponsors, has plunged the country into.
6. Cletus Ukpong once published a tabloid in Akwa lbom State called Southern Details with which he used in disparaging the state government and her officials on a weekly basis, but when the paper was comprehensively rejected by readers, he had to close shop and seek employment in an online medium he is presently ensconced.
7. Since when did Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) become the Ombudsman, a replacement for the Nigerian Press Council for Cletus Ukpong to report alleged biased reports against his person?
8. Cletus Ukpong is just obeying the Law of Karma, to wit: “what goes around comes around.”
As a non-political media group, we are dismayed by the level of corresponding attacks on the government of Akwa Ibom State, despite non establishment of a Prima facie on any involvement of the state government.
Be that as it may, we are wont to ask the Civil Liberty Organisation, which is now acting as adjudicators on this issue to help ask Cletus Ukpong the following questions:
1. Was there any such issue such as using the property of Late Professor Ignatius Ukpong as collateral in securing a N50m loan from Akwa Savings And Loans?
2. Did Cletus and his cohorts bring in fake Tunji Braithwaites to defraud the late University Don?
3. Did he and his brother execute a contract worth N1bn awarded by the former administration to his uncle’s company, Emem and Sons?
4. Was his uncle the late Prof Ukpong unable to service the debt that ran into N80bn at the time of his death in 2013?
5. Did the Akwa Savings and Loans limited attempt to confiscate the Agatha Garden and Hotels owned by Prof I.I. Ukpong over the debt, but for a subsisting legal battle?
6. Was Cletus Ukpong not manhandled by members of a church, Kairos Center in Uyo after he went with hooligans to assassinate the Pastor of the church, Rev. Nseabasi Esse?
7. Is there no existing court case involving Cletus Ukpong , his sister and the Reverend Esse?
In the face of all these atrocities, the CLOs of this world and Premium Times have not cared to consider the plights of the victims of this their emergency asylum seeker, but are quick to make uninformed judgements against others.
Inasmuch as we are averred to violence or attacks of any kind, we are not restricted from re-echoing the age long aphorism that “he who comes to equity must do so with clean hands.”
Comrade Tom Godwin Fredfish
Comrade Aniedi Ossom Publicity Secretary