REACTIONS have continued to trail the candid words made by All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Senator Ahmed Tinubu on Monday during a rally in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
When responding the same Monday, Governor Udom Emmanuel expressed dismay that Tinubu had mistreated his principal, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, and threatened his life rather than selling his manifesto to the populace.
The Akwa Ibom Integrity Alliance, AIIA, issued a statement in response yesterday, giving Tinubu and his accomplices seven days to withdraw their threats and apologize or face immediate legal action.
The inability of Tinubu and the rally organizers to freely recant the unfortunate and unprotected threats against Governor Udom’s life after 24 hours led AIIA, according to a statement from its chairman Stephen Abia, to the conclusion that the threats were real, premeditated, and seriously thought.
He said: “We are compelled to express the following: That we see the threat to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State’s life in Mr. Tinubu’s ragged outburst as worrying.
We firmly object to Mr. Tinubu’s unjustified, regrettable, and uncontrollable level of vitriol directed towards our state and its residents because, to put it bluntly, Mr. Emmanuel, the governor, is the face of Akwa Ibom State.
“Subsequently, we are giving Bola Tinubu and all his co-conspirators seven days to retract the threats and apologise to the government and people of Akwa Ibom State or risk immediate legal actions.”
“It is crystal clear that the affront was premeditated and out of heavy ill-will and grudging contempt,” the statement reads. “That having been accorded the peaceful, serene, and secure atmosphere to campaign in Akwa Ibom State, and having graciously accorded the use of our state facilities by the same Governor Emmanuel.”