It’s with hesitation and sheer regret that we offer this response to a mischievous, unprofessional, unintelligent, baseless and wicked news story published as headline of Monday, 15th April edition of THE POST Newspaper.
Normally, The Post Newspaper by what it has been known for over time (bias, antagonistic, unethical, negative, sadistic, etc), should not be earning a response from us. We would normally want to apply the age long wisdom of silence as a reply to foolishness but for the interest of the innocent members of the public, we are constrained to reply.
First, the news story written in very poor English asserts that Governor Udom Emmanuel who has just won a second term with his Deputy; a man deemed by people of goodwill to be very supportive, loyal and stable, Mr Moses Ekpo, is on the verge of dumping the later with the current Commissioner of Investment, Commerce and Industry, Barr. Prince Ukpong Akpabio as a replacement. We wish to clearly state that nothing can be farther from the truth as the Investment Commissioner is going about his assignments with satisfaction and gratitude to His Excellency, Deacon Udom Emmanuel, the man who graciously appointed him Commissioner.
We also like to enlighten the authors of the unfortunate publication that the office of a Deputy Governor is an elected office and that Deacon Udom Emmanuel is widely known as a principled leader who is very loyal to democratic principles and would not stoop so low as to indulge in such undemocratic politics of FORCING a democratically elected deputy Governor to resign.
While it’s obvious that the times must be very hard for the opposition sponsored publication, THE POST, we wish to warn them that the desperation of authoring baseless, sensational, blackmailing, destabilizing articles as the one referred to in this rejoinder, is criminal and punishable under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
We advise THE POST Newspaper to get creative in it’s quest for survival.
The newspaper must be aware that it is not the fault of Deacon Udom Emmanuel that the preferred candidates and financiers of the newspaper lost their elections and can no longer afford to inject money to the dying publication.
By this rejoinder, the newspaper is advised to keep the name of Deacon Udom Emmanuel, Mr Moses Ekpo, Barr. Prince Ukpong Akpabio and other public servants of this administration out of their ignominious and journalistic show of shame.
We offer our unflinching loyalty to his Excellency, Deacon Udom Emmanuel and solidarity to His Excellency, Mr Moses Ekpo while urging THE POST Newspaper to apologise for the attempt to drag the persons of Their Excellencies to the fictitious scenarios stated in the said publication.
No thanks to the authors whose aim is to heat up the polity, distract government and mislead the public. Please be aware, don’t fall for this gimmick.
For: Hon. Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry.