‘How A’Ibom govt plots to unleash violence at APC congresses’
May 9, 2018 | THE NATION NEWS
THE Akwa Ibom State government has allegedly laid out plans to instigate a fresh round of crisis in the state’s chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and unleash violence throughout the state during the party’s forthcoming local government and state congresses, it was learnt yesterday.
According to sources, the plot, which was hatched last night at the home of a commissioner, seeks to prevail upon a former federal legislator to back out of the peace agreement signed by APC leaders last Saturday.
The government, it was gathered, will then induce the former federal lawmaker to direct his boys to violently disrupt proceedings at the forthcoming congresses of the APC, using trumped up provocations.
The state government is said to have panicked at the peaceful conduct of the ward congresses of the APC on Saturday and the decision by leaders of the party to work together and pursue a common purpose in the interest of the party.
A source, who was at the meeting, said key officials of the state government, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the party’s supporters attended the meeting.
The meeting, it was learnt, “decided that the commissioner should brief Governor Udom Emmanuel on the outcome of the meeting for a decision to be taken on how much should be offered to the former federal legislator as ‘settlement’ for his boys, who should be instructed to wreak maximum havoc during the APC local government congress next Saturday and the state congress during the subsequent weekend”.
Another resolution at the meeting was that an influential politician should “take the former lawmaker to the governor to formally agree on how much he wanted for his boys to cement the sabotage deal, after commissioner had briefed the governor”.
The source added that a former governor visited the former legislator in his home in Uyo last Friday.
The visit is believed to be part of the broader plot to instigate a crisis in the state APC.
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