August 31, 2009

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Sacked Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Chairman, Ambassador Sam Edem has said that he was not against peace and reconciliation in Akwa Ibom State.

Apparently reacting to news report that he was working behind the scene for a rapprochement with Governor Godswill Akpabio, Ambassador Edem said: ‘I am not against reconciliation in Akwa Ibom State, but I have not been approached and has not sent emissary to anybody”, noting that “peace and progress are of paramount importance to his people”.

The former envoy, who has been embroiled in a controversy that he paid N715 million to a herbalist to help restore his manhood, stated this while reacting to a newspaper story (not Daily Sun) that he had been sending emissaries to Governor Akpabio.

He stated further that “I call on the people of Akwa Ibom State to give peace a chance and provide the enabling environment for infrastructural, economic and man power development. Believe me when I say I have not wronged anybody and have no grudge against anybody.”
It would be recalled that Edem was removed as NDDC chairman on allegations that he had contracted a witch doctor to eliminate both Governor Akpabio and the former NDDC Managing Director, Mr. Timi Alaibe spiritually.

The controversy generated by the alleged assassination plot against the duo, led to his sack, arrest and prosecution in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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