A well-oiled campaign of calumny against the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has been activated, with millions of naira already released.
A source in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, who is privy to the plot disclosed to our reporter today, that the a top journalist of Akwa Ibom extraction, who is based in Lagos, has been engaged to execute the task.
The source said; “Three weeks ago, we alerted the people of Akwa Ibom State and Nigerians to a well-oiled and financed campaign of blackmail and vile propaganda aimed at demonizing and tarnishing the image of Governor Udom Emmanuel and his administration.
“We had also revealed that the campaign was being financed by a governorship aspirant, who is still reeling with anger over his rejection as the preferred candidate by Governor Udom Emmanuel.
“We had told the world then, that he had employed the services of a top journalist of Akwa Ibom extraction, who is based in Lagos, to execute this evil and vile task.
The top journalist has commenced the assignment he was hired to do, and has on his own, recruited another popular journalist from Akwa Ibom State, who is also based in Lagos, to be the coordinating agent or the arrowhead of the evil campaign.
“The journalist has commenced his evil task, and working with other disgruntled elements, has started trolling and combing for any document they can use in their campaign of calumny and blackmail. It does not matter to them if such a document they claim to show lack of transparency, lacks such scrutiny, their charge appears to be to look for anything, just anything with a smell or scintilla of incongruity, and then run wild with their smear campaign around such a document.”
According to another source, who is close to the sponsors of the smear campaign, the aggrieved gubernatorial aspirant is “so bitter and entitled that he has refused to be guided by reason and rationality. He is determined to manufacture lies against the governor. We have told him in one of our strategy sessions that the course of action he is embarking upon would be counter-productive, because Governor Emmanuel is a nationally respected for his integrity and transparency in governance. He seems totally occupied by anger and hatred.
“We have warned him that this campaign of lies and blackmail against the governor will backfire. In the next few days, there will be a deluge or rash of negative articles sponsored by the candidate. It is sad to say the least, but we are handicapped, because we have been paid to do this.”