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Smear campaign feared against new Akwa Ibom Speaker

05 January 2016, 17:13

Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party-aligned Divine Mandate Team has alleged a smear campaign against newly-elected Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Speaker, Onofiok Luke.

The Divine Mandate Team stated the latest is the false story that there is a plot by Onofiok Luke to assassinate Umana Okon Umana, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress.

The Divine Mandate Team alleged the APC was behind such reports to discredit the new Speaker.

“I'm therefore not surprised that the APC's honeymoon with the new speaker of is already over, the APC were the loudest celebrators of Barr Luke's
emergence. They wrote flowery congratulatory messages to extol him,” said Aniekeme Finbarr, Divine Mandate Team spokesperson.

Finbarr said the “characteristically antagonistic” and “ruthless” so-called APC combatants and their apparatchik celebrated his elevation not because they loved Luke but they perceived that he fought his political mentor, Godswill Akpabio, the former governor of the state.

“It is only barely a few days and the APC are back to their path of character assassination because it is simply not in their blood to associate with good things for too long,” said Finbarr.

Luke was recently elected as the new Speaker following the ruling of an Appeal Court Tribunal in Abuja nullifying the election of the former Speaker, Aniekan Uko.

Finbarr said the emergence of Luke is of great political significance.

“My only worry is for the innocent political audience who may not be weary of APC's tactics of blackmail and propaganda at getting to power.
Apparently, it has failed this time,” said Finbarr.

- CAJ News


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