Senator Godswill Akpabio, Nigeria’s senate minority leader, has reacted to a report published in Saturday Punch of August 15, 2015 on how state governors in Nigeria turn Government Houses to sex havens.
A press release signed by Akpabio’s media aide, Anietie Ekong condemned the report saying it is a cheap attempt at blackmailing former and serving governors of Nigeria.
“Our attention has been drawn to a report published in Saturday Punch of August 15, 2015 and currently circulating on social media platforms titled, ‘How Governors Turn Government Houses to Sex Havens’.
“The story, which is presented as an “investigation” authored by un-named reporters of Punch, is a cheap attempt at blackmailing former and serving governors of Nigeria using political elements which have infiltrated Punch in recent times,” a part of the statement read.
Referring to the report as ‘baseless’, the press statement advised Nigerians to ignore the article saying it lacks facts and does not meet up to basic journalistic standards and ethics.
“We wish to advise the Nigerian people to ignore this article as it is neither based on facts, nor meets basic journalistic standards and ethics. It is simply a compilation of wicked rumours and dark gossip manufactured by bitter elements who lost out in the political arena.
“It is important to mention that when Governor Akpabio took office in 2007, the Government Lodge was in a dilapidated condition unfit for lodging high profile visitors of the government. As part of his proven Uncommon Transformation Vision for Akwa Ibom State, Akpabio oversaw the design and construction of a world-class Government Lodge befitting of the status of visitors of the State Government.
“This strategic infrastructural development, saved Akwa Ibom State huge sums that would have been spent, over the years, on hotels for its guests, which include world leaders, international development consultants, world respected clerics, leading business tycoons in Africa and the world, and other professionals who trooped into Akwa Ibom in the past eight years to partner with the progressive government led by Senator Godswill Akpabio,” the statement read
The statement also affirmed Akpabio’s passion to serve the people ‘with integrity and fear of God.’
“We wish, therefore, to re-affirm that at no time did Governor Godswill Akpabio abuse the mandate given to him by the good people of Akwa Ibom and at no time, during his tenure was the Government Lodge – or any other government property, for that matter – converted to ungodly use.
“These agents of darkness are working, overtime, in fabricating non-existent scandals in an on-going campaign of calumny, aspersion, deception, and outright fiction in a bid to damage the reputation of Senator Akpabio who served Akwa Ibom State with passion, integrity, and with the fear of God.”