The story of alleged assassination attempt on the life of the NDDC Managing Director and APC gubernatorial candidate, Nsima Ekere in Akwa Ibom State has been discovered to be fake as one of his aides who was in the know has confessed.
According to report on social media, “Nsima Ekere was meeting party leaders in the nearby residence of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, Mr. Umana Umana when bullet clearly targeted at him was fired into his upstairs bedroom where his wife and sister were at the time.”
However, one of Ekere’s social media aide, who preferred anonymity confided in close associates that the story was a propaganda they cooked up.
“There is no truth to this story. Obong Nsima Ekere was never in any form of danger. We cooked up this story to malign Governor Udom Emmanuel, pure and simple.
“It is all politics but even as dirty as this game is, some of us still have conscience. The truth is Akwa Ibom State has been very peaceful under the leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel; we know that Governor Emmanuel has won the hearts and minds of the people of this State by the zero-tolerance he has shown on insecurity and the banning of cult groups was a master stroke,” our source quoted the media aide to have said.
It should be recalled that last Tuesday, Governor Udom Emmanuel scored a huge political victory when he got the cultists and gang leaders who had terrified Ukanafun and Etim Ekpo Local Government areas respectively to sign amnesty agreement and turn in their weapons.
That major step had unsettled the APC camp, leading to various lies to sustain the impression of insecurity in the State.
Speaking further, our source quoted Ekere’s aide to have said that his camp was worried that the reality that the peace currently being enjoyed in Akwa Ibom State should not be replaced by a return to the dark days of insecurity and politically motivated assassinations that characterized the years of former Governor Godswill Akpabio, under whom Nsima Ekere served as Deputy Governor.
“Our motive is to show that there are still security challenges in the State.
“We needed to build on the statement by the APC Caucus Chairman, Don Etiebet where he made allegations of security infractions on the leaders of the APC by coming of with the story of assassination attempt on Obong Ekere,” he said.
Findings from our reporter further revealed that Ekere’s assassination attempt story was indeed a lie. For instance, he was said to be “meting party leaders in the nearby residence of the Managing Director of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, Mr. Umana Umana, when the bullet, clearly targeted at him, was fired into his upstairs bedroom where his wife and sister were at the time”.
“How could someone be holding meeting somewhere else while assassins who were after his life will choose to fire one shot to his bedroom?”
“Our people should not be told lies or be exploited emotionally with lies and propaganda. My party should tell Akwa Ibom people what they intend to do differently rather than continue to tell lies about the success of Governor Udom Emmanuel. I know they will come after me, because they know who I am, since I have told my colleagues on our Strategic Media Committee, to stop telling lies as a strategy for elections, but they have always told me, they will continue to tell lies because they think Akwa Ibom people are not sophisticated enough to differentiate between lies and truth.
“Let me state again here again that there was no assassination attempt on Obong Nsima Ekere yesterday, October 4th, 2018. We cooked up the lie, just as we had cooked up the lie about alleged shooting at the residence of Senator Godswill Akpabio in Ukana, last August, which was later revealed to have been a lie,” Ekere’s aide concluded.