Akwa Ibom INFO, Uyo-
Former Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah’s bid for Abak Federal Constituency seat is trapped in trouble waters due to an ongoing probe on how he embezzled over N3.2B meant for upgrade of AKBC/AKBCTV infrastructure.
The circumstances in which the contract was awarded to COMFAX was shrewded in secrecy as engineered by Aniekan Umanah. In addition, a series of sharp practices dogged project as no bidding was done in a clear breach of the Public Procurement Act. It was gathered that part of the reasons for the flouting of due process was to enable Umanah exercise monopoly over the funds allocated for the digitization and upgrade of the state-owned broadcast outfit to world standard.
According to a source, the structure meant to house the facility in Ntak Inyang has been abandoned after Umanah siphoned the funds meant for project. “He rather established a world class media outfit in Ghana for selfish interest while AKBCTV continues to suffer from lack of funds”, the source added.
Mr. Aniekan Umanah is presently said to be jittery over the development as Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) led by Prince Uche Secondus have declared total war against corrupt elements within the ranks of the party. Umanah realizing the position of the party leadership has resorted to coordinate a blackmail Think-Tank carefully designed to malign party officials and eminent politicians in the federal constituency.
To achieve this purpose, sources have revealed that Mr. Umana who is a Federal House of Representative aspirant and his had fabricated a story that Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon, the Honourable Member Representing the federal constituency who is also aspiring to the House of Representatives for third term blew N.5B to stop Enoidem’s bid for PDP National Legal Adviser. His co-travellers fabricated another online story that Ekon had apologized to Enoidem, and has also secretly endorsed Umanah for House of Representatives seat.
Contrary to the publications, sources have revealed that Aniekan Umanah is presently not in terms with the party leadership and that the information turned out to be a story cooked up by Aniekan Umanah to embarrass Emmanuel Ekon.
Stakeholders of the party from the federal constituency wondered why Aniekan Umanah whose antecedents is garnished with greed would prefer numerous blackmails against eminent citizens of the federal constituency when he is yet to demonstrate why he wants to represent Abak/Etim Etim/Ika Federal Constituency. A PDP stakeholder from Ika declared that Aniekan Umanah should know that the National Assembly is not a place for propagandists and self-centered elements.
Investigations have revealed that Aniekan Umanah is not the political darling of the people as he claims to be due to the fact that he is a self-seeking person. It was also gathered that Umanah’s inability to convince Abak Elders to turn against Emmanuel Ekon further angered him to use fake news and propaganda to impose himself on the people of the constituency.
Umanah was physically rattled when Abak Elders had in a meeting asked him to forgo his ambition and support moses ekpo, since Abak can’t be Deputy Governor and House of Representatives member at the same time, saying his campaign is a campaign against Moses Ekpo who also hails from Abak but he stormed out of the meeting and promised to deal with the elders.
Recall that Abak youths had already given him ultimatum in 2017 to remove the gate he built to block a popular street and that he must return Local Government lands which he forcefully converted and built his multi million naira Mansion.
Sources said that Umanah’s woes increased due to Ekon’s adoption across the federal constituency and acceptance by ranks of the party hierarchy.
Our reporter tried to get reaction from Umanah but calls to his phones were not going through as at the time of filling this report.