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Attah’s loyalists move to form parallel party

By Tony Nyong
UYO—Following the failure of the Ike Nwachukwu-led reconciliatory committee to evolve a truce in the current face-off between factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, there are indications that the group loyal to former Governor Obong Victor Attah has perfected plans to run a parallel party in the state.

Former Governor Attah, who again rejected the apologies of the incumbent state chairman of the Party, Mr. Uwem Ita Etuk, had told the PDP Reconciliatory Committee that the state party chairman attempted to ridicule him by announcing his suspension on state radio, which he had no powers to do.

Attah had also told the committee that the NEC of the party would at the appropriate time look into the action of the chairman and take proper measure.

The former governor was obviously dissatisfied with the outcome of the reconciliatory arrangement and has refused to shift grounds, despite Governor Godswill Akpabio’s pleas and entreaties.Although there are allegations that there were attempt to twist things with aa alleged N10 million offer to the visiting committee, an official of government dismissed the allegation as merely aimed at destroying the image of the Akpabio led government, by those ready to accept the governor, even with his achievements.

Information Commissioner, Aniekan Umana told Vanguard that Governor Akpabio had no face- off with the former governor, adding that he had been busy concentrating on the development of the state more than anything else.

He disclosed that the visit of the team was an assessment visit not peculiar to Akwa Ibom state only, and that the reconciliation was for the entire party members to strengthen the system.


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