Chris Steven, Abuja
The Akwa Ibom Rescue Forum has thrown more light into what transpired during the administration of the former governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio.
The group in the company of Akpabio’s petitioner and its spokesperson, Mr. Leo Ekpeyong, disclosed told The Post that the regime of Akpabio was characterized by financial irresponsibility, political killings and anarchy.
The President of the group Ime Mbatessien who informed said that he has been living in exile in the past eight years noted that the monumental fraud that happened in Akwa Ibom under Akpabio’s watch was so huge that he would love to go to prison.
“In all this I happen to be one of the major victims. I have been living in exile for the past eight years and I was lucky to succeed in doing so. I told Akpabio through my first petition to the former President Yar’adua that his government was a government of impunity, lawlessness and financial recklessness. That has been the case till now.
“In addition to looting funds and stealing money, Akpabio has murdered over 150 people from the opposition camp,” he said.
“There are proofs. I have three High court judgements indicting him for committing crime only to frame others for it and he has not appealed against any of those judgements. I will take him to the criminal court of justice at the end of the day if EFCC wants to trivialise as they are wasting time because some people are ready to die on this issue. Godswill Akpabio cannot get away with it.
“The amount of money he (Akpabio) mentioned, about N108 million is just what is meant for a particular office. He looted our money in trillions, he will be very happy to go to prison over a 100 billion and come out to eat the remaining. We say no, no and no.
“Tell them that you saw me. I am Ime Mbatessiem. I have being a stakeholder in the Akwa Ibom project. I was involved in the struggle for the creation of state. Then they brought Akpabio to come and loot us. I cannot take it. I cannot take it. We are angry and we don’t want to go to the streets to protest but we believe that President Buhari has what it takes to bring about justice. I have submitted a compendium of Godswill Akpabio’s iniquities to the state house. This is not a storm in a teaspoon. The story has just begun!” he added
A member of the group, Barrister Leo Ekong clarified allegations that Mr. Leo Ekpeyong wrote petitions to the EFCC against Akpabio after he fell out with some officials in the latter’s administration adding that the petitions written goes beyond Mr Ekpeyong.
Ekong said: “I want people to understand that the issue at stake does not bother only on Leo Ekpeyong. It is a collective responsibility of the group (Akwa Ibom Rescue Forum) and Leo is just our spokesperson. We have sworn that we will take this issue to its logical conclusion. So the idea of stigmatizing only one person or Leo because of perceived relationship he has or had with anybody is not proper.
“I am not a card carrying member of any political party and same goes with most members of our group. We believe that what is right is right and what is wrong is wrong and must be corrected. That is our stand.”
Meanwhile, more revelations have emerged as to why Godswill Akpabio’s petitioner and social rights crusader, Mr Leo Ekpenyong was invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, October 26.
Disagreeing with reports that he was invited by the anti-graft agency concerning his petition against the former governor of Akwa Ibom state and now senate minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, Mr Ekpenyong stated in an interview that his invitation by the anti-graft agency was clearly to question his integrity and berate him.
Ekpeyong questioned the nexus of relationship between the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde and Mr Akpabio, the person he wrote a petition against.