Our attention has been drawn to a false publication in the Guide Newspaper sponsored by the Member, Representing ONNA State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Godwin Oton Charlie, in which he erroneously claimed that ONNA Monarchs have rejected the 2015 Governorship ambition of the current Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
While we would have ordinarily ignored the publication and the falsehood therein, in order to avoid joining issues with its author, we consider it necessary to refute same with a view to putting the records straight, thereby correcting the misinformation and educating the innocent public.
Consequent upon the above stated analysis, we wish to state and declare as follows:
_ that we the ONNA Traditional Rulers’ Council and the entire ONNA Traditional Institution condemn in strongest possible terms the unbecoming attitude of the said Hon. Oton and the falsehood as contained in the said publication.
_that the said publication is in its entirety false, baseless and unfounded, aimed at causing a rift between the SSG and the ONNA traditional Rulers’ Council.
-that the said Hon Godwin Oton’s visit to ONNA Traditional Rulers’ Council on the 14th December, 2013 was to present to the Monarchs his Christmas gifts and not to discuss politics. And we wish to state here categorically clear that no political issue was discussed throughout the said visit.
-that we the ONNA Traditional Rulers’ Council hereby compel the author of the said false publication, Hon Godwin Oton Charlie to withdraw same and tender an unreserved apology within fourteen (14) days from the date of this publication, failure of which shall attract stiff legal action.
-we also wish to use this medium to call on the general public to disregard the said publication.