Akwa Ibom 2023 Governorship: Akpabio, Ita Enang Release N500m For Media War Against Gov Udom Emmanuel …Line Up Activities Exposed
Two days after WazobiaReporters exclusively reported a clandestine plot to deploy propaganda and publication of false reports in some online media against the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, by the duo of Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, more facts have been discovered on how the plot is to be carried out.
A source who is very close to one of the arrowheads of the plot disclosed that a sum of N500 million has already been released through a contractor, handling consultancy jobs for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The plot is aimed at discrediting the government of Akwa Ibom State, using cooked-up information on the 2020 and 2021 budgets respectively.
Investigations by WazobiaReporters revealed that the plot is to be carried out under what is called “Citizens On Akwa Ibom State 2021 Budget.”
Sources confided in our reporter that the scheme is being made to start early, with the use of the State Budget as decoy to appear that the forum was working independently as watchdog on implementation of the State Government Budgets.
Between Tuesday, November 17, 2020 and Thursday, November 19, 2020, a position drafting committee was constituted.
The committee met on Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20, 2020.
Articulated position and work plan are to be presented to the Citizens On Akwa Ibom State 2021 Budget on Monday, November 23, 2020.
What is to be termed as “well articulated position paper” will be presented to the State House of Assembly between Tuesday, November 24 and Friday, November 27, 2020.
On Friday, November 27, 2020 too, the cooked up “articulated position paper” will be presented at a press conference for which a sum of N50 million has been budgeted to carter for live television and radio coverage as well as online streaming.
The APC governorship candidate in the 2019 election, Nsima Ekere, was said to have been edged out, with Senator Ita Enang being positioned as the gubernatorial candidate in 2023.
Nsima Ekere is said to be out of the good books of Akpabio, who was said to have accused him (Ekere) of flexing political muscle with him by plotting to take the Akwa Ibom State ministerial slot.
“The major attraction is 2023 and they are going deploy huge resources to it,” a source said.