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Pat Etete, Akpanobong Ituen in early lead by opinion poll for Ikot Ekpene, Uyo federal constituency

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2019 APC Reps Primary: Pat Etete, Akpanobong Ituen in early lead by opinion poll for Ikot Ekpene, Uyo federal constituency 


Opinion polls results from Ikot Ekpene and Uyo federal constituencies monitored shows former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Patty Etete and Akpanobong Ituen taking the lead in Ikot Ekpene and Uyo federal constituencies respectively as the battle for the 2019 APC House of Representatives ticket enters its final lap.

In Essien Udim LGA, Etete remains the preference of over 75% out of the 10,000 registered party members who were already at their respective polling units as early as 8am in anticipation of the arrival of materials.

Many of then who spoke to reporters said, they are supporting Hon Patty Etete in order to end the era of irresponsible legislative representation that has been the lot of Ikot Ekpene federal constituency for the past three and a half years. Opinion poll results shows over 6000 potential voters are routing for the Ikot Ekpene born lawmaker and businessman against Hon Emmanuel Akpan who is Senator Godswill Akpabio’s choice.

Ahead of the polls, one of the aspirant, Hon Joe Umoren agreed to a #10m deal with promise of appointment from Akpabio and withdrew from the race.

The former Ikot Ekpene Council secretary was quoted telling his close friends and associates that he stepped down based on the intervention Nsima Ekere’s loyalists who sponsored his nomination form and an immediate promise of settlement of his form expenses with a #10m cash upfront payment and a promise of the position of Commissioner when Nsima Ekere becomes Governor in 2019.

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This was part of the resolution of a meeting between Akpabio and all House of Representatives aspirants for the Ikot Ekpene federal constituency ticket held at the Ukana residence of the former Governor.

Though Akpabio used the meeting to apologize and reconcile with Hon Patty Etete, attempt to get him back out from the race was unsuccessful.

The race many voters say is a straight fight between Patty Etete and Hon Emmanuel Akpan and owing by the zoning arrangement that has always existed in the area, 2019 is the turn of Ikot Ekpene LGA which explains why Hon Etete is having an edge even in Essien Udim.

Etete is also leading in a survey conducted in Ikot Ekpene with over 4000 APC members getting set to vote him. He is also set to clinch over 2000 votes from the over 3000 eligible voters from Obot Akara.

Many APC members who spoke said, it is only Hon Patty Etete who has traversed all the wards and Local government areas of the federal constituency to consult party members about his intentions while no other aspirant including the incumbent who is relying on a non existent automatic ticket, therefore not deeming it necessary to consult any one at all for the position he seeks.

Similarly, in Uyo federal constituency, Mr Akpanobong Ituen is leading with Hon Ekerette Ekpeyong trailing behind. Akpanobong seems set to sweep Uyo, Uruan, Nsit Atai, Ibesikpo Asutan LGA’s.

Over 80% of voters in Uyo are voting Ituen who is seen as a more visionary and result oriented candidate. APC members in the constituency are banking on his vast wealth of experience to provide purposeful legislative representation and a paradigm shift from what was obtainable in the past.

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Many voters who spoke to our reporters insist their support for him is based on their conviction that he has what it takes to reposition Uyo as a leading federal constituency in the state with the prospects of placing the constituency on the national and global map.

Akpanobong is of the Udoedeghe political family that controls Uyo politics while his major opponent, Hon Ekerette Ekpeyong, a former Uyo council chairman is Nsima Ekere’s preferred candidate.

Many voters from Uyo federal constituency who spoke to our reporters said their choice of Akpanobong Ituen is borne out of their desire to ensure that competence and capacity takes precedence over money as the future of the constituency is paramount to Uyo federal constituency taking its rightful place of pride in the politics of Akwa Ibom State and the country.

As long as Uyo federal constituency is concerned, we in APC have decided to vote massively for Akpanobong Ituen. He is our candidate because among all seeking the party’s ticket for 2019, he stands out among all of them in terms of popularity, acceptability, competence and effectiveness”, said a supporter who simply gave his name as Friday Umoren, an APC member from Ibesikpo Asutan LGA.

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Akwa Ibom Speaker says 7th Assembly will be People-centric Legislature

The speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Aniekan Bassey has pledged to run a people-centric 7th Assembly

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Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey receiving a souvenir from Mr Courage Mbon

Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey receiving a souvenir from Mr Courage Mbon

The speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Aniekan Bassey has pledged to run a people-centric 7th Assembly. Speaker Bassey made the promise when Ascend Communications, publishers of Assembly Watch paid him a courtesy visit.

Bassey said he intends to lead an assembly whose legislative engagements will revolve around the constituents, stating that such engagements will be the only way to ensure that the electorate are carried along in the process of legislation.

Speaker Aniekan Bassey said this will be achieved through town hall meetings to gather information on needs of the constituents, constituency briefings to intimate constituents on progress of legislative representation, as well as regular appraisals and briefings. Bassey said these engagements are imperative if the lacuna between the legislature and the electorate is to be bridged.

Speaking earlier, the MD, Ascend Communications, Mr Courage Mbon said the team was in the Assembly to intimate the speaker about “Assembly Watch”, an initiative of Ascend Communications, which aims at informing the general public about activities of legislators both in the State House Of Assembly and the National Assembly.

Mbon said Assembly Watch existed to bridge the communication gap between legislators and the general public; while also appraising performance of legislative representatives both in the state and Abuja.

High point of the visit was the presentation of a commemorative souvenir portrait to congratulate the speaker on his recent election as speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

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ETINAN LAWMAKER SPONSORS BILL TO CURB RAPE, OTHER VIOLENCE CRIMES IN AKWA IBOM STATE

Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency today sponsored a bill to curb rape and other violence crime in Akwa Ibom State.

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ETINAN LAWMAKER SPONSORS BILL TO CURB RAPE, OTHER VIOLENCE CRIMES IN AKWA IBOM STATE

Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency

Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency

Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency today sponsored a bill to curb rape and other violence crime in Akwa Ibom State.

The Bill titled a Law to Eliminate Violence in Private and Public Life, Prohibit all forms of Violence Against Persons and to Provide Maximum Protection and Effective Remedies for Victims and Punishment of Offenders and for Related Matters will ensure stiffer punishment for persons convicted of rape and other violent crimes

Rt Hon. Dennis, in the lead debate,
condemned recent violent crimes in the State and said the Bill when passed into law, will protect women, children and other persons against abandonment, circumcision, domestic and economic abuses.

He said it will also curb forced financial dependence, sexual exploitation, emotional, verbal and psychological abuse and said there must be penalties to discourage offenders from these acts.

The Member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko who is a co-sponsor of the Bill, said violent crimes were not only particular to women, maintaining the Bill when passed into law, will also protect the men from all forms of harassment.

Others who spoke in support of the Bill, including the Member representing Ika/Etim Ekpo State Constituency, Hon. Mfon Idung, that of Ini, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong; Abak State Constituency, Hon. Udeme Otong;
Ikot Abasi/Eastern Obolo State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Uduak Odudu and Member Ukanafun State Constituency, Dr. (Mrs) Charity Ido, lauded the lead sponsor, Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis for bringing up the bill, saying it will further promote peace in the state.

Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, Speaker AKHA

Rt. Hon Aniekan Bassey, Speaker AKHA

In his remarks, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey who lauded Members for their interests in the Bill, referred it to the House Committee on Woman Affairs, Social Welfare and Cooperative and directed the Committee to report back to the House within one month.

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Recall in the sixth assembly, Barr
Dennis facilitated a law which seeks to protect Akwa Ibom people from unlawful arrest and detention, the Law amongst other benefits places a ban on the arrest of persons in lieu of suspects, arrests in terms of civil matter and also seeks to eradicate the gender discrimination in bail issues. This was called CRIMINAL JUSTICE LAW.

Barr. Dennis also sponsored a bill which seeks to ensure prohibition of female circumcision or female genital mutilation which is commonly practised in some communities in the state and has lasting negative impacts in the lives of women called LAW THE VIOLENCE AGAINST PERSONS PROHIBITION BILL.

…….Partial contributions from Press Unit, Office of the Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

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A’Ibom Assembly seeks State Govt’s Intervention on Calabar-Itu Federal Road

Worried by the sufferings encountered by commuters, residents and other road users plying the now deplorable Calabar-Itu federal road, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has directed the state Ministry of Works to i

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by Mfonobong Ukpong

Worried by the sufferings encountered by commuters, residents and other road users plying the now deplorable Calabar-Itu federal road, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has directed the state Ministry of Works to intervene on the failed portion of the Enen-Itam axis of the road, with a view of alleviating the plights of the road users and residents of the area.

The House gave the directive, Thursday at plenary sequel to a motion of urgent public importance raised by the Member representing ITU State Constituency, Hon. Kufre-Abasi Edidem who informed the House of the deplorable state of the Calabar-Itu road, particularly Enen-Itam axis of the road. He said members of his constituents and other road users were expressing difficulties plying the road, and pleaded that the state government be urged to undertake urgent intervention measures on the road in the interest of the people.

Reacting to the motion, lawmakers argued that the current situation of the road was affecting economic activities as the road connects Akwa Ibom with neighboring Cross River State. Members for Ibesikpo-Asutan State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko, Nsit-Ubium, Barr. Otobong Bob, Etim-Ekpo/Ika, Hon. Mfon Idung, Uyo, Hon. Anietie Eka, Hon, Abak, Udeme Otong, Ukanafun, Dr. Charity Ido and the Chief Whip, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong in their separate contributions sympathised with residents of the area and other road users who ply the road. They wondered why the federal government was still dragging it’s feet on the said road, years after it publicised that contract had been awarded for the construction of the road. The Assembly Members agreed that it has become expedient for the state government to intervene on the federal road, since majority of those who use the road are Akwa Ibom people.

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Uyo representative, Ekah said “It is disheartening that the federal government seems to be playing politics on the road. It’s high time we separate politics from human lives”.

Reacting, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey said though the Assembly was aware that the said road is a federal road, it was necessary that urgent intervention be undertaken to ameliorate the plights of the people. He ruled that the matter be referred to the State Ministry of Works for urgent intervention, and directed the Clerk to communicate the decision of the House to appropriate quarters for necessary action.

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