MY RESPONSE TO A MINDLESS MEDIA ATTACK ON ME BY SENATOR BASSEY ALBERT’S MEDIA AIDE
I have been confronted by series of inquiries, bothering on a media attack on my person by Senator Bassey Albert’s media aide, Anny Michaels bothering on an interview he claims I granted on XL FM, Uyo on Saturday August 21,2021.
In a release which Mr Michaels signed and published in several social media platforms, he deliberately and mischievously accused me falsely of lampooning the Akwa Ibom National Assembly members and blaming them on their position on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) recently passed by the 9th Senate and signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
It is really unfortunate that such a high media personality who serves the leader of the State caucus in the national assembly, would rush to dissipate his energy on a veil attack on me, in a manner that leaves one to conclude that this is a premeditated swipe, which may have been geared towards heating up the polity and bringing about distractions.
It is unfortunate that everyone who wishes to be seen as busy, usually views attacks against Governor Udom Emmanuel’s media aides as the easiest avenue. Ordinarily, this, like many other such cooked up campaigns of falsehood, could have been ignored, except that it could evokes deep meanings, judging from the source. That is why I deem it necessary to come out publicly to appeal to the gullible public that such antics by Anny and his sponsors should be completely ignored, dismissed and trashed in the dustbin of history. But for record purpose, it must be noted that I, Rev. Richard Peters never appeared on XL 106.9FM on the said date, time and programme (Press Club), and have never made any public comments on the PIB for that matter.
I am both an ordained priest of the most High God, and a media aide to His Excellency the Governor, and my responsibility is to promote and publicize the lofty programmes of my boss, the Governor. I couldn’t have gone out to attack any lawmaker from my state, nor comment on the Petroleum Industry Act, which I have not yet really taken time to study. This is why I believe that this media attack against me is geared towards my being viewed with disdain by members of my senatorial district, which Senator Bassey Albert represents in the red chambers. It is also capable of making me seen as a disloyal supporter of the PDP, or even cost me my place in the media team of His Excellency the Governor, who never authorised us to speak on the PIA.
I challenge Mr Anny Michaels , the Special Assistant to Senator Bassey Albert to urgently retract, with an apology, the false accusation against me within 24 hours, failure of which I will not hesitate to exhaust legal options in order to restore my dignity.
Rev Richard Peters
Personal Assistant to the Governor on Media