Former governor of Akwa Ibom State and Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has distanced himself from the proposed nationwide mass protest led by 2face Idibia in a statement released through his spokesman Aniete Ekong.
Reports making the rounds in the media suggested that Akpabio is the main sponsor behind the planned demonstrations but the ex-governor in the statement said it was laughable that people could link him with the protest which is now scheduled for Monday, the 6th of February because he donated two Prado SUV’s as wedding gift to the singer and his wife, Annie Macaulay who hails from Akwa Ibom State.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state categorically that Senator Akpabio knows nothing about the planned protest neither is he the sponsor,” said the statement which added that Mr. Akpabio “has had no contact whatsoever with 2Face for many years”.
“According to the information being circulated the organizers of the planned protest have stated clearly that their protest is: ‘a call for nationwide protests as we say no to the Executive, no to legislatures, no to judiciary.’ Is it not idiotic and senseless for anyone to imagine that Senator Akpabio will sponsor a protest against the same arm of government that he is serving as a leader?
“As the Minority Leader, Senator Akpabio has consistently maintained that Nigerians should put aside their differences and support every effort that will pull the country out of the present recession.
“Much as he believes in the right of every Nigerian to express himself, he does not think that mass protest is the solution.
“The mischievous attempt to drag the name of Senator Akpabio into the planned protest should be discountenanced as the handiwork of political jobbers,” the statement said.
A day after releasing a time-table for a proposed nationwide mass protest aimed at forcing the government of the day to either perform or relinquish power, the planned demonstration has now been shifted by 24 hours.
Reports say the nationwide protest was shifted to coincide with the resumption date of President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on a 10-day medical vacation in the United Kingdom and is expected back on Monday February 6, 2017.
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