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Akpabio visits Obot Akara, Etim Ekpo, Oruk Anam with Constituency Projects

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Akpabio visits Obot Akara, Etim Ekpo, Oruk Anam with Constituency Projects

By Martin Inyangetoh

As part of his activities to reach out and connect with Akwa Ibom people at the grassroot, particularly those in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, again, on Saturday, January 20, 2017, commissioned over 15 Constituency Projects initiated and completed by him across the Local Government Areas that made up the district.

At the event yesterday which started last Saturday with the commissioning of solar powered Boreholes, Classroom blocks, Market Stalls among others in Ikono, Ini, Ikot Ekpene and Abak Local Government Areas, Senator Akpabio expressed pleasant surprise at the turnout of the indigenes, maintaining that their show of appreciation will certainly earn them more democratic dividends and constituency projects.

He expressed his gratitude to the people of his constituency for their sustained unflinching support for him, adding that he will continue to draw more federal government projects to the areas.

In their separate remarks during the commissioning ceremony, Chairmen of Obot Akara, Etim Ekpo, and Oruk Anam Local Government Areas, Etubom Anietie Udoh, Hon Udeme Eduo and Prince Ubong Idiong, eulogized the Senator for giving the people of the district and Akwa Ibom State excellent representation at the Red Chambers, saying they were very proud to have him represent them in that capacity.

The Chairmen, among other stakeholders who spoke during the ceremony, applauded the Senator for the sustainable projects and promised to reciprocate the kind gesture in 2019 through their votes.

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Among the projects commissioned were 3-Classroom Blocks at FIDA Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Abia (Obot Akara); Government Primary School, Utu Etim Ekpo (Etim Ekpo); Government Primary School, Obio Ibiet Esa (Etim Ekpo); Solar borehole Utu lkot Umonte (Etim Ekpo) among others.

Present at the event were elected and appointed political office holders in the respective Local Government Areas, members of the Traditional Rulers Council, well-wishers and supporters.

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TRIBUNAL THROWS OUT PETITION AGAINST IKONO FEDERAL LAWMAKER

The National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Uyo, Friday dismissed the petition challenging the election of Hon Emmanuel Ukpong-udo as member of Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency.

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TRIBUNAL THROWS OUT PETITION AGAINST IKONO FEDERAL LAWMAKER

Hon. Emmanuel Ukpong Udo, Member Representing Ikono Federal Constituency

Hon. Emmanuel Ukpong Udo, Member Representing Ikono Federal Constituency

The National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Uyo, Friday dismissed the petition challenging the election of Hon Emmanuel Ukpong-udo as member of Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency.

The tribunal dismissed the petition jointly filed by the All Progressives Congress, APC, and their candidate, Edidiong Idiong, citing breach of procedure on the part of the petitioners.

The tribunal ruled that the petitioners failed to file the mandatory application for pre-trial within the stipulated 7days.

The legal implication of today’s decision is that the petition filed by the APC and its candidate for the Ini/Ikono Federal Constituency has been laid to rest.

Appearing for the petitioners were Ubong Offiong of Victor Iyanam & CO while Barr. Godwill Umoh, O. B. Akpan, Anietie Bassey, Linus Uduk were present for the first respondent, PDP.

The second respondent, Hon Emmanuel Ukpong-udo, was represented by Solomon Umoh SAN, Emmanuel Akpan, Ekemini Udim, Santos Eleja, Clement Imoh and Nsima Akpabio

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AKWA IBOM FEDERAL LAWMAKERS TO RAKE MILLIONS TOMORROW AS ALLOWANCES

Federal Lawmakers from Akwa Ibom extraction will tomorrow Tuesday 11, June 2019 after their swearing-in be paid….

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AKWA IBOM FEDERAL LAWMAKERS TO RAKE MILLIONS TOMORROW AS ALLOWANCES

Federal Lawmakers from Akwa Ibom extraction will tomorrow Tuesday 11, June 2019 after their swearing-in be paid N129,656,625 million naira as allowances.

National Assembly Service Commission will pay the sum of N10,132,000:00 to each of the three Senators representing Akwa Ibom senatorial districts.

The ten Federal of Representatives will also get N9,926,062.5 each as their furniture and accommodation allowance.

Congratulations let the work begin. Represent us well.

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Akwa Ibom: Fresh moves to Relocate National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal

In the petition dated May 20, 2019 and signed by S. I. Ameh, SAN, who is the lead counsel to Senator Akpabio in the suit filed by him to challenge the declaration of Dr Christopher Ekpenyong as the winner of the National Assembly Elections for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District at the just concluded elections, Akpabio states that the Tribunal should be moved to Abuja for three reasons, thus;

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Akwa Ibom: Fresh moves to Relocate National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal

Nnamdi Osuji

The outgone Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District at the Senate of the National Assembly, Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio has petitioned the President of the Court of Appeal praying for the relocation of the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal to Abuja.

In the petition dated May 20, 2019 and signed by S. I. Ameh, SAN, who is the lead counsel to Senator Akpabio in the suit filed by him to challenge the declaration of Dr Christopher Ekpenyong as the winner of the National Assembly Elections for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District at the just concluded elections, Akpabio states that the Tribunal should be moved to Abuja for three reasons, thus;

1. Intimidation of his witnesses by the Respondents;
2. The location of the tribunal is in between private homes and unsuitable for a tribunal and is behind the Governor’s lodge and therefore susceptible to the Governor’s influence;
3. At the last sitting supporters and witnesses of the petitioner were attacked and prevented from gaining access to the tribunal;

Our investigations however revealed a clear contradiction on the goings on at the Tribunal and the reasons as filed by S. I Ameh of counsel to the petitioner. Our findings are that the case is at the pre-trial stage; at the last sitting of the court, the activity was the tendering of documents by INEC who has been joined as a Respondent to the petition. The issue of Senator Akpabio’s witnesses being “…attacked and prevented from gaining access to the Tribunal” therefore seem ill-conceived or premature in the circumstance as the event of the attendance of witnesses to the Tribunal has not yet arisen since actual trial has not commenced.

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Our correspondent further gathered that there has been no violence of any form or resistance or attempt by any of the parties to prevent either party’s witnesses or supporters from accessing the Tribunal. He narrates that the court room is always filled to capacity by supporters of both parties by 8:30 am, minutes before the court sits at about 9 am, with the overflow strolling around the court premises till the court adjourns at all the appearances.

On the proximity of the Tribunal to the Governors office and it’s “susceptibility to the Governor’s influence”, a practicing lawyer in Uyo stated that the venue of the Tribunal is the traditional location of the High Court of Akwa Ibom State adding that such proximity has never been cited as a possible factor in determining the course of Justice, even by the most unlearned of men and therefore expressed regrets over such banal reasoning as a justification for seeking the relocation of the Tribunal.

Recall that Senator Akpabio and his party the All Progressives Congress (APC) had already made efforts before the commencement of the Tribunal to relocate the Tribunal from Akwa Ibom citing insecurity as a the reason for the prayer.

Comments from some political class in Akwa Ibom state reveal fear over the possible outcome of this petition. This fear, our correspondent gathers, is predicated on the fact that Senator Akpabio has severally
boasted that the President of the Court of Appeal is “in his pocket” and would declare him as the winner of the elections when the matter gets to the Court of Appeal. This assertion which first got to the media through the reports of his reconcilliatory meeting with Rotimi Ameachi, the Minister for Transportation, could again be gleaned from the unusual confidence with which the outgoing Senator spoke at his valedictory session at the 8th Assembly wherein he assured his colleagues that “he shall return to the Senate”. If truly the President of the Court of Appeal is in Akpabio’s pockets, then the Tribunal may be relocated.

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A coalition of young lawyers in Akwa Ibom state, Akwa Ibom Young Lawyers Coalition however insisted that the Tribunal must not be relocated from Akwa Ibom State in the interest of Justice and to afford the young lawyers the opportunity to have a first hand experience in Election Petition matters, which they say they have already started learning since the commencement of the Tribunal’s proceedings. They dismessed the reasons stated by the petition in his call for the relocation of the Tribunal as “…fatuous and wanting in good faith”.

Efforts to reach the President of the Court of Appeal, S. I. Ameh, SAN or Senator Akpabio on the subject has been fruitless but a source within the Court of Appeal who pleaded anonymity confirmed that the petition has been minuted to the Secretary of the Election Petition Panel who has been directed to advise on the petition.

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