Controversy rocks Abak-5 Gen Assembly over The Nation Newspaper Advert – As signatories distance selves, allege forgery • They are talking nonsense – Info Commissioner

13 Jan

   *Aniekan Umana is a forgery kingpin, a liar.

Written by  Aniefiok MACAULEY.

Controversy rocks Abak-5 General Assembly over The Nation Newspaper advertorial  -	As signatories distance selves, allege forgery •	They are talking nonsense – Info Commissioner

At least two persons purported  to have written their names or signatures to the advertorial by a faction of Abak-5 General Assembly placed on The Nation’s newspaper of December 26 2013 conceding the 2015 Ikot Ekpene senatorial seat to Governor Godswill Akpabio have alleged

fraudulent usage of their names and signatures on the document.

Those who reacted while speaking with The Radar denied knowledge of the publication, saying that they were never contacted and neither did they append their names/signatures nor authorised anyone to use such in any document in that regard.

Speaking with The Radar on telephone, Atuekong Wilson Inyang whose name had appeared on the publication denied ever signing or authorising anyone in his behalf to either write his name or append his signature on a document he knew nothing about.

Asked to state his position on the ongoing debate on the zoning of the senatorial seat of Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district in which the governor is interested in, Inyang maintained that he is a firm believer in justice and on the side of the people that Abak-5 should be allowed to produce the next senator in 2015.

On his part, another politician whose name also appeared on the list of signatories in the publication, Obong Edem Obot expressed dismay over the unauthorised use of his name on the document. He said that he had taken the issue up with the masterminds of the publication and has decided to allow it lie low, after extracting apologies from them.

Corroborating the positions of the duo in a interview, the former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Uwem Udoma alleged that the signatories and names on the advertorial were either forged from the list of meeting attendance with Governor on November 21, 2013, at the lodge in Uyo, adding that some of the signatories informed him (Udoma) that a sitting commissioner paid them N200, 000 each to append their names and signatures on the said document.

According to him “It is their deceitful nature. If you look at those signatures, Obong Edem Obot did not append his signature on that document. I spoke with him and Atuekong Wilson Inyang from Ika Local Government Area did not also sign the document.”

Speaking further he disclosed “The said publication was doctored by a sitting commissioner in Akwa Ibom State Government and N200, 000 was paid to each signatory in that document. It is an open secret. They are used to using attendance register to release communiqués in the past and they are still doing it.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Aniekan Umanah when contacted for comment, said “I personally read the advertorial and signed it but I don’t know of others. Those who said their names or signatures were forged are talking nonsense.

“The Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District Assembly has endorsed the governor for senate, the Abak federal constituency has also endorsed the governor for the senate and there is no going back on that decision. In 2015, we are sure the governor will be in the Red Chambers as a senator representing the senatorial district

Aniekan Umanah, Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information

Aniekan Umanah, Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information


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