by crossriverwatch admin
Reactions have continued to trail the allegation of imposition and bribery against the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ntufam John Okon as some chieftains of the party have described the allegations as mere cheap blackmail by those that want to remain in positions.
Some party elders had told crossriverwatch that Ntufam Okon was induced by some serving council chairmen that want to return to office for second term and that the PDP boss was imposing one Barrister Joseph Itotup as the party’s candidate for Akamkpa local government area.
But the allegation had attracted reactions from party elders and caucus members of the party who have accused some serving lawmakers from Akamkpa of using cheap blackmail because of their selfish political interest.
One of those that reacted to the report on the bribe scandal had told crossriverwatch that, “What kind of journalism are you practicing, somebody will come with frivolous allegation and you go ahead to publish it.
“You know this is election time and some of those that have lost out in the primaries especially in Akamkpa have resorted to blackmail and they are using you to achieve their selfish aim. One of them feels that he wants to be the speaker of the state house of assembly and because of that he feels he would stop any other candidate that has the majority support of the people.
“In the primaries that was held by the party members, Barrister Joseph Itotup scored over 30 votes, Okon Nyong who they want to impose scored 13 votes and they are now accusing the chairman of imposition when in actual sense they were the people that wanted to impose their candidate,” one of the angry party member told crosriverwatch.
Another chieftain of the party also said, “Let me inform you that Ntufam John Okon has been a career civil servant who retired as the Clerk of the State House of Assembly. He is a clean man and cannot contemplate to demand bribe from the chairmen.
“There are some lawmakers from Akamkpa that are working hard to tarnish his image and we all know them, so they will not have their way. It is the candidate that has the majority supporters that our party will present. Mock primary was conducted and the result is clear,” he stated.
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