Akwa Ibom urges decorum in criticism of Governor Emmanuel
Akwa Ibom State government yesterday urged political opponents of the governor to refrain from criticising him with malice, manifest hatred and insult at random.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ekerete Udoh stated that any political appointee of the president, who incites the people against the government of his or her home state, or making incendiary or disparaging remarks about the office and the person of the governor of a state is doing a disservice to the president and we know the president will not tolerate such tendencies by his appointees.
According to the governor’s aide, “In all democracies including the mature ones, people disagree on ideology and fundamental issues; however, there is always a zone of privacy where political gladiators don’t cross.
“In Akwa Ibom State, unfortunately, these lines have been breached and appointees from the other side of the political divide have taken it as an abiding article of faith to insult, demonise, call the governor names and manufacture all manner of lies and subterfuge against him. No one is saying they should not criticise the activities of government. But doing so with malice, with manifest hatred and insulting the person and character of a duly elected governor cannot and will not be tolerated by government,” Udoh said.