The Political leader of Ikono Local Government Area, Obong Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo, has called on the leadership of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to proffer means of sanitizing the profession against quackery, noting that proliferation in its practice by jobbers was becoming alarming.
While reacting to a visible youthful exuberant headline: “I will unseat you in 2019-Macaire tells Akpabio” by the Towncrier Newspaper, Obong Ukpong-Udo, who spoke through his Media aide, Comrade Mfon Ottuk, said it was disgusting for juvenile to take to character defamation as a means of livelihood.
Ukpong-Udo, popularly called Macaire however, described the sponsor of such infantile rumour, as a lawmaker, who woefully lost out in his political tussle in the Local Government, noting that prior to this era, the said “MP, has sponsored a certain Raw News Newspaper, to fight the immediate past government.”
He however, called on the general public to discard the news as one of those traits of madness found within the domain of the lawmaker.
“Ordinarily, no right thinking member of the society would have loved to join issues with the sinking individual behind the publication, as the ownership of the tabloid could be traced to a certain lawmaker, who, due of his inability to win his ‘political battle’ has resorted into paying a desperate writer (Not a Journalist) to mint lies and circulate same on the street. I am a thoroughbred health, safety and environment professional and consultant. I do not have any intention of contesting any election as fabricated by these rumour merchants.”
“Whoever lost out in the political leadership tussle in Ikono Local Government Area, should be faithful to the party and stop engaging in anti-party activities or descend to the pitiable level of sponsoring baseless media report with the aim of tarnishing the image of the political leader, the Senate Minority Leader and the Governor of the state. The sponsor of the news item was reportedly the same person, who allegedly sponsored a RAW NEWS Newspaper, a tabloid which blackmailed several public office holders, including the current leaders of government both within and outside the state. It was gathered on good authority that the said Lawmaker has at several fora vowed to vehemently fight the present state government.”