The All Progressives Congress, Akwa Ibom State, has accused Governor Udom Emmanuel of sharing COVID-19 palliatives as Christmas gifts to members of the Peoples Democratic Party within the state
APC during a statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Nkereuwem Enyongekere on Friday, the party said the COVID-19 food items were donated in July by a coalition of private-sector players led by Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
According to the statement, ”Another end-of-year folly from the administration is its decision to share, as Christmas gifts, the truckloads of COVID-19 food items sent to the state since July by the nation’s private-sector coalition led by Dangote Group and other donors.
”The sight of those food items being shared within the country home of the governor’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Ephraim Inyangeyen, to PDP members as Christmas gifts is galling. How selfish, mean and wicked could these people be to possess hoarded these things since July, deny Akwa Ibom people of its use during the lockdown, and now rotate to share it to their party members only.
” We also recall that the federal had sent a truckload of rice to the state earlier within the year. The governor had claimed during a radio interview then that the rice didn’t appear good for consumption, which he was getting to send it for laboratory tests. is that the test results out? We are sure that the rice has been surreptitiously distributed to PDP members within the state.”
But, the commissioner for information and strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong in reaction said the sharing of the palliatives has nothing to try to do with the yearly Christmas gifts.
In a press statement made available on Friday, Ememobong said, ”The government had earlier in November this year intimated on the arrival of palliative materials from CACOVID (Coalition Against COVID) which may be a private sector-driven corporate social responsibility contributes to the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. it had been also announced that when the complete consignment from the donor’s berths in our state, distribution will commence.
”The structure for the distribution of those palliatives at the LGA level is extremely inclusive, having representation from people living with disabilities, women, youths, religious organizations, professional bodies and opposition parties under the platform of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee.
”This committee supervises the distribution of those palliatives to the people passing through the intermediary ward distribution structure. The distribution, which is essentially decentralized to evolve to COVID-19 protocols, has started and is ongoing.
”The focus of this batch of palliative distribution aside from the LGAs are media, orphanage homes, medical workers, security personnel, traders, Labour, entertainers, and students.
”This distribution of palliative is clearly different from the standard end of year goodwill gift of rice to different categories of individuals .”