The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has raised the alarm over a smear campaign against its governorship candidate, Nsima Ekere.
The party said the Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration was behind the plot.
A statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Nkereuwem Enyongekere, claimed that there have been a series of secret meetings by top officials at the Government House against Ekere.
The party’s spokesman alleged that the government had a four-pronged approach to discredit its governorship candidate.
He said: “The well-funded and desperate plot is to be carried out in the print and social media. The plot is four-pronged.
‘’One of the strategies is to deceive Akwa Ibom people that Obong Ekere has entered into a secret pact with Senator Godswill Akpabio to serve two terms in office as governor contrary to his promise.
“To deceive Akwa Ibom people that 70 per cent of appointments in Obong Ekere’s government will be done by Senator Akpabio.
“To deceive Akwa Ibom people that the biggest contracts in Obong Ekere’s government will be reserved for Igbo businessmen.
“To deceive Akwa Ibom people that Obong Ekere will soon put up NDDC billboards in Akwa Ibom, claiming Akwa Ibom State Government projects.”
The APC urged the public to discountenance such false publications, which, it said are planned to hit the print and social media in the state from Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Reacting, Udom’s spokesman, Emmanuel, Ekerete Udoh, dismissed the claim.
Udoh said: “This is another desperate attempt by APC in Akwa Ibom State to cover their nefarious activities.
“Nigerians and Akwa Ibomites are living witnesses to the perpetual mudsling that these leftists have hauled at the government and people of Akwa Ibom State in the last three years.
“However, the government of Akwa Ibom State is more focused on sustainable development and not interested in engaging in a mudsling game.”