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I’m not bothered about blackmails, says Umana.

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I’m not bothered about blackmails, says Umana.
I’m not bothered about blackmails, says Umana.

The former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Umana Okon Umana, has clarified that he has no power over the ministerial appointment in Akwa Ibom State, saying he is not bothered about the smear campaigns against him.

According to him, I am not bothered about the recent blackmails and smear campaigns targeted at me.

In a statement on Tuesday, Umana said the issue of ministerial appointment remains entirely the prerogative of the President.

He explained that it is only President Bola Tinubu, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, to appoint whoever he wants to work with.

“I believe that blackmailers who fabricate stories and peddle false stories to malign me, because they want a ministerial appointment should leave me alone.

“They ought to know that the appointment of ministers is the sole prerogative of the President,” the former minister said.

The former minister also reiterated his stand on the disclaimer he earlier issued on what he described as a “false flag write-up” authored by a group.

He insisted that he had nothing to do with a purported letter written by the group and supposedly addressed to the secretary of the federation’s government.

“We want to clarify that Mr Umana has nothing to do with this letter and that the group is not acting at the behest of the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.

“Contrary to the impression that the letter and those behind it want to create, Mr Umana is not an ethnic champion. In all the roles he has had the privilege to play at the state and national levels, Umana has always acted in the national interest, prioritising competence, fairness, and equity above other considerations.

And over the years, Umana has demonstrated his loyalty to the APC and has been unstinting in his efforts to build and defend the party’s unity at both the state and national levels.

“Umana is neither aware nor part of any factional fight within the APC in Akwa Ibom State. We totally disavow any insinuation of Mr Umana’s involvement in or support for any crisis in the APC in Akwa Ibom State,” the statement added.

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