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Eket State Constituency: Zoning,Streamlining,Hon. David Lawrence deserves a second term

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Eket State Constituency: Zoning,Streamlining,Hon. David Lawrence deserves a second term

As preparation, consultations are gathering momentum for the 2019 elections,the political atmosphere in Eket Local government appears set for another round of political participations by the stakeholders,market men and women to engage in electoral activity to bring about a legislative capacity,effectiveness and sustainability,for the benefit of the people of Eket State Constituency.

Obong Paul Ekpo, the state chairman of the peoples Democratic party in state,during the just concluded Federal constituency tour by the party,reiterated the party’s commitment towards ensuring that the party will ensure transparency in the conduct of the primaries of the party,where candidates of the party will emerge and stand for the general election. He emphasised that delegates should not vote for any candidate that they know,will not win in the general election, because politics is a game of numbers.

The issue regarding Zoning of political offices within the party was not left out,but in every general rule,there is an exception. Zoning as a gentleman agreement to share political offices among the people has been practiced in the state,though with some exception,especially when legislative capacity and effective representation is involve,while talking power ration,the party chairman also took time to consider what is called Streamlining, the concept of reshaping the zoning of the political offices as 2019 is approaching,so that effective representation ,legislative experience will not be sacrifice on the alter of zoning.

Talking about zoning, the concept of zoning has never stopped other aspirants who some people feel are not favoured by zoning from contesting election. In Eket local government Area for instance, It could be recalled that in 2011, the political leader Chief Ndueso Essien conducted a mock election at his residence for those that aspired for the house of Assembly position,all the aspirants participated. Those who were not favoured by zoining were not questioned about their eligibility to seek for a election on the grounds of zoning.

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For the Eket State Constituency election for 2019, Some stakeholders are of the opinion that the Urban zone of the local government can not be empty in 2019,because positions are always shared among the three zones of the local government. Currently,the Chairman of the local government Hon. Frank Archibong is from Eket Central, Hon. Nsikan John the Vice Chairman is from Okon,while the member representing the state constituency in the Akwa Ibom State house of Assembly, is from Urban.

It is on record that when Chief Edohoeket in 1999 was the chairman of Eket local government, the Vice Chairman came from Eket central,while Okon took the Assembly, where late Hon. Moses Ukpong represented the area.The next person who took over from Chief Edohoeket as the chairman of Eket local government, was Hon. Emmanuel Udoh from Okon,Hon. David Lawrence from Urban was the Vice Chairman, while Rt. Hon. Jack Udota from Central had the Assembly seat. Another instance,was when Hon. Ayang Akanimo represented the local government at the state house of Assembly from Urban,Hon. Aniekan Akpan from Okon was the chairman of the local government, while Hon. Victor Henry from Central was the Vice Chairman.

It could be recalled that few months ago,when Eket PDP stakeholders met with the Governor Udom Emmanuel as the leader of the party,to express their concerns on the matter regarding Eket State Constituency seat in the coming election, were those in attendance at the meeting ,included Chief Ndueso Essien, Ambassador Assam Assam and others. The Governor said,that from the interaction from the stakeholders,it was clear that there exist two school of thought to the matter.

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One which says that the Seat for the State house of Assembly should be occupied in 2019 by somebody from Okon clan, according to zoning,while others maintain that ,all the zones in Eket State Constituency have so far taken their turn to represent the people, hence,the zoning can start all over by allowing the current member representing the State constituency, from Urban,Hon. David Lawrence to seek re- election to return to the House of Assembly, to complete some of the massive ongoing projects in the area,like the market,superhighway, and very many other constituency projects,which the Constituency has never witnessed prior to his emergence.

Rt. Hon. David Lawrence, the member representing Eket State Constituency, a former Vice Chairman of Eket local government, is one man that has change the legislative narrative of representation in the area, who has effective represented the people, attracts the attention of the government, investors to the local government,hence,deserves a second term to consolidate on his performance to the people.

It is a fact that Rt. Hon. David Lawrence ( DLAW), is interested in the peoples Democratic party’s ticket to return to the State house of Assembly for a second term in office come 2019. His aspiration has brought joy to so many people in his state constituency, because of the reboust representation that he is offering to the people, and his legislatives functions as a lawmaker.

As a lawmaker,Rt. Hon. David Lawrence as effectively represented the people, and deserves to return for a second term. He initiated the Ultra Modern Market project in Eket,which CICASA west Africa company Ltd is in charge of the remodeling, to replace the old Urua Nka,with the aim of creating jobs for the people, estimated at 9billiom naira with a total capacity of 5,000 shops.

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His Constituency briefing which was the first of his kind ,witnessed his constituents smiling home with 28 Motor cars,35 Freezers, 4 hair dryers, 31 Television set,35 Generators ,11 Motorcycles, 14 Sewing Machines,as a way of giving back to the people.

The renovation of Administrative Block, Government secondary school,Afaha Eket, construction of Ultra modern ICT centre at Idua, provision of 150 writing desks and chairs to the pupils, payment of monthly stipends ranging from 25,000 to 100,000 to my constituents from 2015 till date,floating of 100,000 grants each 25 women for small scale trading, award of scholarship to 12 undergraduate students of Eket in some specific disciplines effective 2018/2019 session.

Fixing up the erosion menace at AME Zion primary school, Usung Inyang Eket ,construction of shades at the Timber market at Ikot Uso Ekong,training of youths on pipe fitting and welding, fashion and design, recommendation of over twenty of Eket constituents for NCE employment in SUBEB, five recommended for oil and gas servicing company in Baker Hughes Nigeria limited Lagos.

As a part of his legislative duties, his bill” A bill for a law to establish Akwa Ibom State Signage and Advertisements Control Agency”,was passed into law by the house of Assembly. Indeed he deserves a second term.

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Akpabio sent Assassins to kill me, Akwa Ibom Speaker Onofiok Luke insist

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Akpabio sent Assassins to kill me, Akwa Ibom Speaker Onofiok Luke insist.
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Akpabio sent Assassins to kill me, Akwa Ibom Speaker Onofiok Luke insist.

Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke addressing the protesting women

Akwa Ibom State Speaker, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke while addressing women of the state yesterday who where protesting the one sided action of the state police Commissioner alleged that Senator Godswill Akpabio sent some persons to assassinate him.

“Senator Akpabio sent some persons to assassinate me yesterday, so if anything happens to me hold him responsible”.

But in a swift response, Senator Godswill Akpabio reacted through his media assistant Anietie Ekong, saying Senator Akpabio has no interest in the killing Onofiok Luke or any other Akwa Ibom person.

“For the avoidance of doubt we wish to state categorically that Senator Akpabio has not sent anyone to assassinate Hon Luke. He has no reason nor motivation to do so. The Senator will never subscribe to any plot to eliminate any Akwa Ibom son or any human being for that matter, let alone Onofiok Luke who had served him as his Personal Assistant while he was the Governor of Akwa Ibom State.” part of the statement reads.

But the Hon. Kufre Okon, Chief Press Secretary to Rt. Onofiok Luke in a statement title” There is no hiding place for Senator Godswill Akpabio ” knocks the former Governor.

Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke and Senator Godswill Akpabio

We have read Anietie Ekong’s futile attempt at disentangling Senator Godswill Akpabio from the net and web of his evil conspiracy against the person of Rt. Hon (Barr) Onofiok Luke and the Office of the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly. Just like in real life, the more Senator Akpabio tries to disentangle himself, the more the net of his ungodly plans draws him in. His penchant for playing ostrich is common knowledge, but like the ostrich, he is the only one who doesn’t know that the world has a gracious view of his backside.

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By this press statement where Sen. Godswill Akpabio refuses to address the Right Honourable Speaker by his office, rather addressing him as the member representing Nsit Ubium state constituency, he has clearly shown the world that his hands are actively in the plot to destabilize the state assembly. But this hatred for Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke as Speaker is neither new nor strange, after all in June 2015, the same Akpabio did everything within and in fact beyond his powers, to stop the emergence of Rt. Hon. Luke as Speaker. He took away the clerk of the House, seized the mace, intimidated honourable members and stalled the process of proclaiming the assembly on time. Akpabio may have in his usual style chosen to suffer selective amnesia, but Akwa Ibom people and PDP faithful remember the near Golgotha experience that Rt. Hon Luke passed through to get the ticket of the PDP for a second term. Akpabio it was who funded the opposition that the speaker faced during his re-election bid and even wrote off Nsit Ubium during the elections refusing to offer any financial support for the elections as the party leader then. He even stopped the party’s financial assistance to Nsit Ubium.

As history bears testimony, God has always been on the side of Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke. He won the nomination against Akpabio’s schemes, still emerged as the Speaker against his devious plans and has remained till date the speaker of the State Assembly and by the grace of God Almighty will remain so till the end of this legislative tenure, whether Akpabio likes it or not . What the former Governor hasn’t told his aides is the reason for his annoyance with the Speaker. The latter has simply opposed the inordinate ambition of the former of claiming to be the Tinubu of Akwa Ibom state, and being the alpha and omega of the state.

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May we reiterate that the Honourable Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke stands by his earlier statement on the sponsored assassination attempt on him by Senator Akpabio and at the appropriate time, will take necessary actions. The world should know that if anything untoward happens to the Speaker, Senator Akpabio and his wife should be held responsible.

We deeply sympathize with the plenty refusals Anietie Ekong and co have had to issue due to the meddlesome nature of their principal. As much as we empathize with them, we are aware that the earn their keep there.

As the days pass by, we are certain that opportunities will avail itself for us to illuminate some dark sides to the main reasons fueling the current political war in our state.
Anietie it may interest you to know that Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke knows Sen. Akpabio very well and Sen. Akpabio equally knows Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke well.

Kufre Okon
Press Secretary to the Honourable Speaker
Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly

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TROUBLE FOR AKWA IBOM APC GUBER CANDIDATE OVER CAR THEFT AND MURDER

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TROUBLE FOR AKWA IBOM APC GUBER CANDIDATE OVER CAR THEFT AND MURDER

•••TWO SUSPECTS NABBED BY POLICE

TROUBLE FOR AKWA IBOM APC GUBER CANDIDATE OVER CAR THEFT AND MURDER

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Two suspects are currently singing in police custody,  after being arrested in possession of a stolen car presented to them by the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Akwa Ibom State.

Our reporter gathered that the suspected stolen SUV, a 2010 Honda CRV,  which was branded with campaign posters of the governorship candidate, Mr. Nsima Ekere,  was a product of a deadly serial robbery operation that cost the lives of many including that of the owner in far away Oyo State.

TROUBLE FOR AKWA IBOM APC GUBER CANDIDATE OVER CAR THEFT AND MURDER

Stolen car

The car was allegedly presented to the suspects by the APC house of Representatives flagbearer for Ikono/Ini Federal constituency, Barr Edidiong Idiong.  Preliminary information available from the Oyo state Anti Robbery Squad reveals that the owner of the vehicle was among those murdered in an armed robbery attack at Oyo state.

The vehicle was subsequently brought and presented to Mr Etop Akpan Ezekiel, nicknamed ‘Black’ from Ikpe Ward 2 in Ini local government area by the APC stalwarts as a bait to lure him into their party.  Revelations from men of the police force contained that on the day of this occurrence, 3 robbery attacks were recorded within the vicinity where all the 3 owners of the vehicles were gunned down, while the robbers took off with their vehicles.

The leader of the police crack team that invaded Akwa Ibom state in search of the stolen vehicles disclosed that the hunt for the other two vehicles are still on, “now that we’ve been able to track this very one and have gotten it, we will now channel our energies and commit our resources into finding the other remaining two vehicles, and believe you me, all the culprits will be caught and brought to book,” he said.

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Investigations so far reveals that some personal effects of the deceased lady  who was the original owner of the vehicle like ID card, complimentary cards e.t.c are still in the car and so far, Oyo state Police Command in conjunction with the Police authorities in Ikot Ekpene, have taken custody of the vehicle.

THE ARREST AT A POPULAR IKOT EKPENE RESORT!!!

It is undoubtedly and legally known that Macaire resort provides hospitality services where a lot of people can access with ease.  Mr Etop Akpan Ezekiel (Black) had on the morning of 23rd November, driven the said car that was given to him by the APC to a popular hospitality resort on Ikot Ekpene, for relaxation when the crack team incidentally arrived Akwa Ibom state on intelligence.

They traced the car to that resort and black sensing unusual moves and questions about the car absconded with the help of a certain Oscar his friend aiding him to flee the premises.  As the police then lay siege on the building mounting surveillance on the car.   The siege lasted till the next day being  Saturday as the police kept vigil on the car which carried campaign stickers of Mr Nsima Ekere as well as  APC insignia.

As envisaged, one Mr Isreal Ufia, who was contracted by Mr Black to come and ferry home the car was apprehended by the police.  Meanwhile, Black who oned at the primary school Uruk Uso in wait for Mr Israel, kept on calling Israel on phone to know if he had succeeded in driving the car out from the resort.  Black however sensed trouble following Israel’s the tenor of response and escaped leaving Israel’s Camry car with a girl who was with them.  So far, two suspects have been arrested including the wife of an APC youth leader who is also an officer of the Nigerian police force.

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Akwa Ibom Youth speaks on APC plans ahead of election

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Akwa Ibom Youth speaks on APC plans ahead of election

Comrade Aniefiok Iwaudofia addressing newsmen today

The Youth of Akwa Ibom State under the aegis of Akwa Ibom State Youth Caucus have fingered the All Progressives Congress (APC) for plotting to instigate mayhem and anarchy in the state.

Youth Caucus comprises of the State Youth Council, Dakkaka Ambassadors, Village Youths, Female Youths, Christian Youths among others.

The youth who made the allegation today, Friday, during a press conference at the NUJ Secretariat, Uyo noted that the plot they have discovered from the APC leadership is geared towards causing a situation where a Sole Administrator will be appointed so as to help manipulate the 2019 elections in favour of opposition APC in the State.

The Caucus leader Comrade Aniefiok Iwaudofia explained that it is a common knowledge the boast by the leadership and members of the All Progressives Congress that elections may likely not hold in Akwa Ibom simultaneously with other states.

He pointed out that such boast reveals plan to instigate political crises and civil unrest to a point INEC will be forced to postpone elections in Akwa Ibom State for security reasons to a later date with a view to deploying all security agencies in Nigeria to Akwa Ibom State.

But they vowed not to fold their arms and watch APC manipulate the 2019 elections in their favour nor cause disunity in the State.

They pledged to do everything within the ambit of the law to defend the government of Governor Udom Emmanuel which, they said has brought peace that has never been witnessed in the State.

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They added ” Their plans are to rig the elections like they did in Ekiti state since they have federal might ( Police force, DSS, Army & Civil Defence in their pockets.) This is so because, they have boosted that INEC is in their pockets and that they will change all the INEC staff in Akwa Ibom State and bring in those that will help them rig the 2019 elections.”

The Youth Caucus explained that the APC is planning to use federal might and its agencies like the EFCC and ICPC to arrest, intimidate & harass PDP members in a bid to rig the 2019 election in favour of APC since they are not on ground.

The Youth Caucus called on international agencies such as ECOWAS, African Union, European Union, United Nations, United States, United Kingdom to be watchful of he the plans by the APC in the State which they described as evil.

They urged Akwa Ibom youth not to allow themselves to be used for political thuggery and destabilization of the existing peace in the state, warning that the APC should not take the peaceful disposition of Governor Emmanuel and that of the PDP for granted.

While calling on Akwa Ibom youths to remain law abiding, they urged them to remain steadfast in their support for the Udom Emmanuel led administration.

They called on all security agencies in the state not to act or be seen as an extension of APC, maintaining that the state security agencies should remain apolitical and exhibit high degree of professionalism.

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The youth expressed readiness to resist any attempt by the “so called Federal Might, Police, DSS, Army, Civil Defence & other security agencies to manipulate the 2019 elections with our last blood.”

The youths pledged their unalloyed support to the reelection of Governor Emmanuel, stressing that
they will cast their votes massively for him.

They said the are ready to protect and defend the votes at all the polling units, follow it up to respective collation centres and also make sure the votes of the people are rightly counted, collated and announced by INEC.

The Youth Caucus added ” lastly, we wish to strongly State that the gentility of the lion does not connotes cowardice and as such, the APC should not take our peaceful disposition for granted.”

By Ekemini Simon

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