Mr. Ephraim Inyangeyen, the Chief of Staff to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has flatly denied a report of a cold war between him and his principal over the alleged governorship aspiration of Senator Bassey Albert, popularly known as OBA. Udom’s chief of staff made the assertion against the background of claims of a partnership between him and the senator.
Dismissing the report in a local newspaper, Inyangeyen who is the immediate past commissioner for works affirmed complete loyalty to the governor who he said has cautioned aides against an early start to the 2023 governorship hustle.
Affirming the story titled: ‘Build up to 2023: Udom Emmanuel declares War on Ephraim Inyangeyen over OBA aspiration’, as completely false, Inyangeyen said:
“The said error strewn piece is not only spurious, unfounded, mischievous and puerile, but remains a pitiable figment of the imagination of the writer and his sponsors. I am not unaware of the fact that, the intent of purveyors of this falsehood is to incite and create bad blood where there is none.
“For the records, I have a very cordial relationship with my Boss, Leader and Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Hisass Excellency, Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel and it is strange to insinuate that he has declared war on me,” Udom’s chief of staff said.
“Governor Emmanuel is currently focused on delivering good governance consistent with the implementation of his Completion Agenda and has severally posited that it is too early to be distracted by the 2023 politicking.
“Indeed, His Excellency has not given a direction on the course of succession politics in 2023 and I am focused on my duties as his Chief of Staff and have not declared support for any aspirant howsoever for 2023.
“Governor Emmanuel has not stopped payment of any Honorarium on account of alleged dominance of those allegedly sympathetic to OBA as purported by the Newspaper which is known for yellow journalism as everyone on the list are members of our team that worked assiduously for the success of the Governor in 2019.,” Udom’s chief of staff said.
“I advise the purveyors of this ignoble profession of rumour peddling and tar brushing to desist from it and pursue the tenets of integrity, accuracy and unbiased reportage in keeping with the noble profession of journalism and not allow their medium or platforms to be used by agents of mischief and disgruntled political elements.”
“Finally, I pledge my unwavering loyalty to Governor Udom Emmanuel and when he gives direction in 2023, i will follow him. I accordingly charge the general public to ignore the futile rants and insinuations of those whose feet make haste to foment evil.”