Joe Effiong

Elders in Akwa Ibom State on the platform of Akwa Ibom Leaders Vanguard have accused the Federal Government of planning to feign ‘imaginary-crisis-like’ situation in the state so as to declare a state of emergency and take over government of the state.

The group through their spokesman, Senator Anietie Okon, said at a press conference yesterday in Uyo, that their accusation stemmed from the frequency of changes in the number of police commissioners posted and reposted in the last four days to the state.

According to the them, there had cause for fear in the state since the political imbroglio that rocked the State Assembly, the federal government through the directives of the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, has between November 20-23 posted and re-posted four commissioner of police to the state.

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“The posting and reposting of police commissioners to the state is because they have not seen the one that will play their cards accordingly. Enough is enough. They should not dare us; they should allow the state to continue to enjoy the peace it is known for within and outside the country.

“We strongly reiterate our position that no level of intimidation will be allowed to plunge our state into the anarchical dictates of federal elements whether EFCC, Nigerian Police or military. It is apparent that the current leadership of our nation hasn’t fully come to terms with how democracy works and is bent on wielding power through the butt of the gun.

“Our state had since progressed from the dark era of 2007-2015 and far from the dictatorial regime of 1984. We remain distinctive people committed to the peace that has been sustained by the current administration of governor Udom Emmanuel.

“The time to call to order the National Chairman of APC Adams Oshiomole and the federal executive arm directed security services of the ruling party/agents that every evil agenda against God’s people shall fail in its entirety as the people know better than remain with the pangs of poverty that has retrogressed this nation in
the last 42 months of APC rule”, they said.