The Akwa Ibom Integrity Alliance (AIIA) has asked supporters of embattled former lawmaker, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, to desist from engaging in a smear campaign against Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Akpan is currently facing trial over an alleged corrupt practice
In a statement on Wednesday, Chairman of the alliance, Barr Stephen Abia, said it was unfair and uncharitable for the embattled senator to transfer blames of his travails to the governor.
The group said that to remotely or directly blame Governor Emmanuel for Akpan’s trial was not in the best interest of the good people of Akwa Ibom State.
“Finding by our team of professionals, has shown that Governor Emmanuel was not in office as a governor when the case of bribery and corruption against Bassey Albert Akpan commenced.
“Throughout the duration of this trial and till this moment, there is no record that the Akwa Ibom State government was a party in the case, nor can it be said that Governor Emmanuel or any of his appointees had testified in the case.
“It is therefore worrisome that Senator Bassey Albert would come out to point fingers at the Governor for a sin he knew nothing about when he had not assumed office,” Abia said.