By Our Reporter.
An aide to the Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade has pleaded with the executive chairman of Odukpani LGA, Hon Justina Edem to forgive him over a comment he made on the social media.
Ekpo Okokon, who is the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Recreational Park Development spoke with Journalists in Calabar.
He said he regretted his actions and was therefore deeply saddened with the unnecessary embarrassment the local government chairman may have faced as a result of that.
“today, the 14th day of July 2021, I want to openly and very humbly apologize to my respected local government chairman, Hon Justina Edem, over the unguided and unwarranted insults I dished out to her on the social media.
“It was in some social media platforms where I openly insulted the executive chairman, including leveling serious accusations on her personality. Thereby bringing her person and that of her family to public redicule.
“I want to say here that, all I said were political propaganda and rumors. It is also important that I say that the insults meted out to the respected chairman was done in an attempt to defend some of my political helpers and therefore was misled by those people, including those I erroneously called my political parents, in particular the Managing Director of Cross River State Water Board, Chief Victor Effiom.
“But after my interactions with friends and associates of the chairman, including going to establishments like the university of Calabar Micro finance where the executive chairman previously served. It became very clear that I was misled to write against the chairman and that all what I was pushed to write were empty allegations and lies from the pit of hell.
“My interactions with serving and former staffs of Unical Micro finance bank has proven that, the chairman, Hon Justina Edem, while serving with the bank had a clean record of service and never had any record of misconduct whatsoever.
“Let me say clearly that this was a mere political propaganda and rumour without any fact to backup my unreasonable allegation against the honourable chairman. The entire attempt was to smeare her good image in other to frustrate her political ambition.
“This is the reason why I have come out to openly apologize to the executive chairman, Hon Justina Edem, having realised the truth and to plead that as a good mother and leader, she forgives me and let go.
“I understand that such blackmail may have caused her and her beloved family serious emotional and psychological trauma, but it is my prayer that the she finds a place in her heart to forgive me” he concluded
Meanwhile, the President, Association of Concerned Indigens of Okoyong Nation ACION, Pastor Effiong Ekpo today led a delegation of the group on a solidarity visit to the executive chairman, Hon Justina Edem.
Ekpo who extolled the leadership qualities of the chairman and sincere love for the people of Odukpani LGA also advised her to remain focused no matter the situation.
According to pastor Ekpo, “the entire Okoyong Nation distances itself from any form of blackmail aimed at tarnishing the good image of the chairman and will therefore not tolerate any of it’s sons or daughters who will attempt to discredit the person of Hon Justina Edem”