Concerned citizens of Akwa Ibom State have continued to react to the alleged unbridled remarks by the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, against Governor Udom Emmanuel, during the latter’s rally in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, on Monday.
Recall that Governor Emmanuel had, while reacting to Tinubu’s tirade same Monday, expressed disappointment that instead of selling his manifesto to the people, the APC Presidential candidate ended up abusing his principal, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic, PDP, and threatened his life.
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Reacting in a statement, on Thursday, Akwa Ibom Integrity Alliance (AIIA), issued a seven days ultimatum to Asiwaju Tinubu and his co-conspirators to retract the threats and to apologise to the governor or risk immediate litigation.
In the statement by its Chairman, Stephen Abia, the AIIA said the failure of Tinubu and the organisers of the January 30, 2023 rally to voluntarily retract the unfortunate and unguarded threats to the life of Governor Emmanuel after 24 hours made them conclude that the threats were real, premeditated and seriously conceived.
The statement said, “We are hereby constrained to state as follows: That we consider as worrisome, the threat to the life of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State in the shabby outburst by Mr. Tinubu.
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“That we take serious exception to such unwarranted, unfortunate, and uncontrollable height of vituperation by Mr. Tinubu on our state and people as the governor, Mr. Emmanuel without mincing words, is the face of Akwa Ibom State.
“Subsequently, we are giving Bola Tinubu and all his co-conspirators seven days to retract the threats and apologize to the government and people of Akwa Ibom State or risk immediate legal actions.
“That having been accorded the peaceful, serene, and secure atmosphere to campaign in Akwa Ibom State, and having been graciously accorded the use of our state facilities by the same Governor Emmanuel, it is crystal clear that the affront was premeditated and out of heavy ill-will and grudging contempt.”