Some stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ukanafun Chapter in Akwa Ibom state, have threatened Court actions against one Mr. Ubokobong Umoh, over what they termed “misleading”, “despicable and very fraudulent” use of their signatures in an unauthorised publication.
The aggrieved APC stakeholders, who described themselves as committed members of the party, stated this in a demand letter they routed through their lawyer, Mfon I. Asanaenyi, Esq., included Okorowo Efiok Ibanga of Afaha Obo Ikot Uko Village, Abasiofiok Ephraim Akanekpo of Ikot Enang Village, Ubong Isaiah Inyang, Ephraim M. Obot and seven others.
According to the letter dated 11th June, 2020, the ‘clients’ expressed their surprise that their signatures which they appended during a meeting on the 26th May, 2020, at Engr. Mfon Akpaneyen’s compound, Nkek Abak in Ukanafun local government area, were used for an agendum other than the NDDC palliatives, which they discussed at the said meeting.
Part of the letter which was addressed to Mr. Ubokobong Umoh, reads in part “It is our brief that on 25th day of May, 2020, our clients who are committed members and stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress Party (APC) Ukanafun Chapter, received text messages in their mobile phones at various times of the day inviting them to attend an All Progressives Congress (APC) Party Stakeholders Meeting and the sole item on the agenda for the meeting as contained in the SMS sent to our clients was the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Palliatives for Ukanafun local government area. The meeting was scheduled for May 26th, 2020 and the venue was the country home of Engr. Mfon Akpaneyen at Nkek Abak, Ukanafun local government area.
“Our brief also is that to our clients chagrin, a publication surfaced in the Post, a local newspaper in circulation in Akwa Ibom state to the effect that a stakeholders meeting held at Engr. Mfon Akpaneyen’s compound where a resolution was purportedly passed by stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ukanafun, endorsing and pledging solidarity to the Deacon Eshiet Offiong’s led APC Elders Forum in Ukanafun local government area and the names and signatures of the persons who purportedly passed the resolution were published underneath the publication and shockingly, our clients names and signatures signed as attendees at the NDDC palliatives meeting presided over by you were included among the list of persons who purportedly passed the resolution published in the Post Newspaper of 3rd June, 2020”.
The eleven APC stakeholders have however demanded an apology to be published in the same tabloid within seven (7) clear days from the date of receipt of the letter failure of which they would commence legal actions in courts of competent jurisdiction.
See full details in the demand letter: