IGP Idris Invites Udom Campaign Team To Abuja Over Petition By State APC

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BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has opted to lead his team of Campaign Coordinators to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, who summoned them based on a petition by the All Progressive Congress Chairman in the State, Mr. Ini Okopido.

Okopido, in his petition to President Muhammadu Buhari that was minuted to his Chief of Staff who, in line with orders, directed the IGP for immediate investigation.

The APC is accusing the PDP of various misdemeanour that borders on destruction of Buhari’s Presidential campaign billboards in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, a charge the PDP and the state commissioner for Environment denied and clarified.

Forefront gathered that the general plank for the invitation, according to the police, allegedly revolved around instigation to cause violence. 

Curiously, all the persons invited by the Inspector General of Police are key officers of Governor Udom Emmanuel Devine Mandate Organisation, the vehicle for Udom’s 2019 reelection. 

Those invited by the IGP Idris include the Chairman of Divine Mandate, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, a retired Nigerian Air Force personnel, who was former head of the Presidential Air Fleet as well as former military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State and the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Paul Ekpo.

Others are the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Onofiok Luke, commissioner for Environment Dr. Iniobong Essien, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Security, Mr. Fubara Duke, the Chairman of Uyo Local Government Council and the Chairman of the Uyo Market Association.

Speaking with Forefront News on telephone shortly before they boarded a plane, one of the IGP’s invitees, who does not want his name in print, said; “A security agency established by law has invited us, we have to honour it. We obey laws here.

“It started with the billboard issue and the IGP sent a team from Abuja that investigated and even detained the Commissioner for Environment for no just cause. Is this their concept of intimidating and taking over Akwa Ibom State that they have been orchestrating and boasting about? Acceptability is at the polls. Let’s go there. We are ready.”

The top government official further said that the APC conducted their governorship primaries in this State during which three persons were killed, there were no petitions, no investigations, no arrest, no prosecution.

In his words; “As a fallout from the primaries, a police station was burnt in Okobo Local Government Area, and other sundry but weighty infractions, yet the police looked at the left and ignored the incidences at the right even with photo evidence and outcries.”

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