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Akpabio speaks on imprisonment of A’Ibom guber candidate



Former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has described as laughable attempts by paid agents of some politicians in Akwa Ibom State to drag him into the current ordeal of the Young Progressives Party governorship candidate, Senator Bassey Akpan.

The former governor of the state said this on Friday while reacting to publications in some social media platforms alleging his involvement in the YPP governorship candidate judgement delivered on Thursday.

Akpan, who is the lawmaker representing Akwa Ibom North-East (Uyo) Senatorial District in the National Assembly, was sentenced to 42 years in prison for corruption in a case instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

However, Akpabio, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Jackson Udom, indicated that the former minister was saddened by the development.

The statement reads in part, “Attempts by some ill-informed fellows to point accusing finger at the former Senate Minority Leader in a matter he knows nothing about is to say the least, unfortunate, preposterous and blackmail taken too far.

“For the records, Senator Akpabio was not even aware that Senator Bassey Albert (Akpan) had any existing case with the EFCC not to talk of having knowledge of the facts of the matter.

He was shell shocked when news filtered in that the YPP governorship candidate had been sentenced to 42 years in prison. Those who did this know why they did it.”