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2019: GOVERNOR UDOM HAS NOT ENDORSED ANYBODY

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2019: GOVERNOR UDOM EMMANUEL HAS NOT ENDORSED ANYBODY –EKONG SAMPSON

…says Governor has demonstrated justice to all

By: Edifon Abasi-Obot

Governor Udom Emmanuel has been exonerated from the claims that some politicians seeking elective offices at various levels in Akwa Ibom State have already been endorsed by the Governor.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Political/Legislative Affairs and Water Resources, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Ekong Sampson made the defense on a live radio programme, the Akwa Ibom Mandate, on Planet FM, where he fielded questions from a popular radio host, Mr. Sampson Akpan (aka Politics Today) and the public.
Barrister Ekong Sampson stated clearly that Governor Udom Emmanuel has not endorsed anybody for any elective position against 2019. He said the Governor has only endorsed zoning.

The Special Adviser described Udom Emmanuel as a decorous democrat and father-of-all, but decried the increasing problem of name-dropping which, he said, has become part of the milieu in Nigerian politics.

In his words, “as much as I know, Governor Udom Emmanuel has not endorsed anybody. What I know is that the Governor has endorsed zoning”, Barrister Sampson stated, adding that campaigning on such mantra will amount to undermining the sensibilities of the people

Ekong Sampson said the Governor encourages aspirants to work hard and connect well with their people. He stressed that the zoning, to the Governor, is a consciousness that cannot be disregarded, expanding that the vision of zoning, in the Akwa Ibom context, is being strengthened through the power sharing principle.
Speaking on Governor Emmanuel’s commitment to accommodate every part of the State in the spread of infrastructure, Ekong Sampson maintained that the landmark in leadership encapsulates an attention to justice.

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According to Ekong, the gamut of infrastructure is so well spread that every segment is carried along, adding that with such and the more that are underway, no part of Akwa Ibom State can genuinely complain of being left out in the Udom Emmanuel development plan.

Ekong affirmed Mr. Sampson Akpan’s recounting of the benevolence of Governor Emmanuel to his native Mkpat Enin and sojourning LGAs which included: construction of 5.5km Ikot Usop Ikot Edehe Ikot Ekpuk road with 30m span bridge, construction of temporary access to AKSU Campus, Ikot Akpaden, Construction of 13.5 km Ikot Ebiere-Ikot Edor-Ikot Iko Ibon-Okom road, Ukana-Apkabom-Ikwe road between Onna and Mkpat Enin LGAs, 12.742km Awa Iman-Ason-Ikot Edim-Ikot Emem, the coconut plantation, coconut refinery, adoption of Excellence Comprehensive Secondary School, Ikot Unya and several other Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour projects.

Ekong Sampson added that the planned construction of Ibekwe-Ikot Akata-Ekpuk junction road and the electrification of Ikot Ekpenyong, a location that saw no electricity for 50 years, but has now been electrified through the benevolence of Governor Udom Emmanuel, as wonderful interventions. He also highlighted the Ekim power sub-station as a project that will change the face of the power sector, not just in Mkpat Enin, but the adjoining LGAs and Akwa Ibom State.
These show of love makes Governor Udom Emmanuel outstanding and account for why the average Mkpat Enin person speaks well of the Governor, Ekong Sampson said.

The Political Affairs boss avowed that Mkpat Enin will provide a sure ground for Governor Udom Emmanuel’s massive winning in 2019.
Mr. Cyril Umoren, leader of the PDP Defenders, who also spoke on the programme, refuted the rumour that he collected five million naira and defected from the PDP, describing it as extremely disrespectful.

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Cyril said the PDP defenders remain intact, giving a lot of support to the integrity of the party and Governor Udom Emmanuel, as they promised.
The Mkpat Enin born music artiste and political activist said the issue is not him being approached by any party, but what will form the basis of their discussion. According to him, his native home, Asong, a village in Mkpat Enin had existed for over 800 years with no roads, but Udom Emmanuel came and constructed not just the major road across the community, but also the adjourning streets. “I can’t see myself throwing away my relationship with Udom Emmanuel for five million naira. It doesn’t make sense”, Cyril posited.
He lauded the Akwa Ibom State PDP Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo, for putting a lot of energy to the group and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Affair, Barrister Ekong Sampson for maintaining an open door policy and always defending the PDP defenders in return.

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New Akwa Poly Rector resumes office, Takes over from Israel Affia

The new acting rector of Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Dr. Moses Umobong has resumed office following the expiration tenure of the immediate past rector, Dr. Israel Affia.

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Dr. Moses Umobong in a warm embrace of Dr. Isreal Afia

Dr. Moses Umobong in a warm embrace of Dr. Isreal Afia

The new acting rector of Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Dr. Moses Umobong has resumed office following the expiration tenure of the immediate past rector, Dr. Israel Affia.

At the taking over ceremony which took place at the council chambers of the institution, Ikot Osurua, Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area on Friday, saw the outgone rector handing over all the school documents at his disposal to the newly appointed acting rector.

Presenting the documents, the outgone rector, Dr. Israel Affia thanked God for taking from the beginning to the end of his tenure. Dr. Affia, who served for two terms of six years said he was happy to have finished his tenure in good health and still strong.

He noted that his position as rector of the institution was a race which he had passed through difficulties in the course of discharging his duties, adding that through the support of the Governing Council members, management staff and students he recorded successes in the institution.

According to him, “I want to thank God for the race I have just finished. I passed through a lot of blackmails, criticisms and frustrations, but God saw me through. My prayer is that God that saw me through will see my successor through.”

The two-term rector said he was leaving the institution better than the way he met it six years ago, and that he was fulfilled with his achievements. He used the ceremony to congratulate his successor, Dr. Moses Umobong on his appointment, praying God to help him succeed in his tenure even as he described him as his close friend whom he has been working together.

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In his words, “I call on everyone to rally around my successor in office. I am available for any kind of advice he may need from me. Do not make those mistakes that I made knowingly or unknowingly.” Affia however, openly opologized to people he might have steeped on toes in the course of discharging his duties and pleaded for forgiveness.

In his acceptance speech, the new acting rector, Dr. Moses Umobong said he was honoured to have been appointed by Governor Udom Emmanuel and subsequently taking over the mantle leadership position of the institution.

He commended his predecessor, Dr. Israel Affia for successfully discharging his functions measurably in the past six years and congratulated him for his stewardship in the institution and prayed God to give him good hope in his subsequent and future endeavours.

The acting rector assured all members of the polytechnic community that a new dawn has come and that his administration is not only going to adopt a new and different approach to achieving the objectives for which the institution was established, but is also poised to encourage and promote an all-inclusive governance in tandem with global practices.

Dr. Umobong emphasised that the overall aim of the approach is to relaunch the institution back into the comity of renowned and preferred polyphonics nationally and internationally.

He maintained that the leadership of the institution under his watch shall strive to priorities the welfare and security of all staff and students of the polytechnic, adding that modern and critical infrastructure and resources necessary for effective learning shall be provided through collaboration with the government and relevant organisations within and outside the State.

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Earlier in his opening remarks, the acting chairman of the Governing Council, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Dr. Samuel Edet described the day as a history making day in the institution. He congratulated the acting rector on his appointment and called on everyone to give the same support his predecessor enjoyed while in office.

The Governing Council chairman warned everyone to allow the new rector function in his capacity for the benefit of the institution, saying that if the rector his given a free hand to operate, the polytechnic will grow. He urged the people of the polytechnic to pray for the new rector to succeed, noting that the future of Akwa Ibom children is at stake if the rector fails.

The handing over ceremony was witnessed by Governing Council members, management staff, head of departments, labour leaders as well as students of Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic.

(c) EMMANUEL AKPAN

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New Year: “Akintola” Fetes Community, Doles Out Cash, Rice, Wrappers

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New Year: “Akintola” Fetes Community, Doles Out Cash, Rice, Wrappers

Hon. (DR) Samuel Edet (aka Akintola), Chairman Governing Council, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua

Hon. (DR) Samuel Edet (aka Akintola), Chairman Governing Council, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua

* Says He’ll do more

* As Uwem Ita Etuk Receives APC Defectors

By Kenneth Jude

Thursday January 10 will remain a memorable day for the people of Nung Udoe Ibesikpo.

It was a day their son in whom they are well pleased, Hon. (DR) Samuel Edet (aka Akintola), Chairman Governing Council, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua, treated them to a new year get-together party.

As early as 9am, men, women and youths trooped excitedly into the expansive Nung Udoe Village Council Hall for an event billed to commence at 10am.

Their faces beamed with elation as they were confronted by bags of rice, wrappers of various colours and make, cash and other items to season not just the rice they were going home with, but to ensure they got the year started in a refreshing way with one of their own.

Call it a PDP event and you won’t be farther from the truth. All those that assembled for the event, in one way or the other, made it known that they are not just diehard PDP members, but vowed to vote massively for all PDP candidates in the forthcoming elections beginning from the President, Udom Emmanuel, Senator Bassey Albert and Hon. Aniekan Uko, for House of Assembly.

Setting the tone for the event, Chairman on the occasion, Professor Lawrence Etim, thanked the convener, Dr. Samuel Edet, for deeming it fit to celebrate the new year in remarkable fashion with his people. He charged others to borrow a leaf from Dr. Edet, noting that people should form the habit of sharing what they have with others and not eat alone.

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He emphasised on the virtues of giving, saying that people should endeavour to share the little of what they have with others just as Dr. Edet has done.

He prayed God to bless the donor and the beneficiaries of his benevolence so that in the nearest future, they also will give to others.

In his goodwill message, Political Leader of the area and former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Uwem Ita Etuk, described Dr. Samuel Edet as a man that loves his people. Prince Etuk said he did not hesitate to respond to his invitation given that each time he calls on him, he’s always there to support him.

The former Commissioner called on parents to encourage their children that are overseas to always come back home and celebrate with their people. He urged them to disabuse the minds of their children of the notion that they won’t be safe at home. He noted that there is no place like home, stating that Ibesikpo is safe and secure for all.

On his part, Eteidung Okon Bassey said that Ibesikpo is blessed with great men and women who are excelling in their various fields of endeavours. He called on the people to shun acts that seek to divide them and embrace unity while doing away with past quarrels.

Also speaking, Deaconess Theresa Usoro, thanked Dr. Samuel Edet for remembering his community. She prayed God to bless him more so that he’ll continue his magnanimous gestures. She used the occasion to drum support for all PDP candidates in the upcoming elections, noting that what they are enjoying today can only come from PDP

Deaconess Usoro who spoke with passion, said Governor Emmanuel must complete his eight years in office just as Uyo did with Obong Victor Attah and Ikot Ekpene with Chief Godswill Akpabio. While laying emphasis on the need for equity to prevail, she described Governor Emmanuel as a silent achiever who doesn’t sing praises of himself, yet is doing great things. She urged all sons and daughters of the area not to allow themselves to be deceived, stressing that they should support Governor Udom Emmanuel to complete his eight years in office in other to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

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The Village Youth leader, Aniefiok Akpan, called on those who are yet to collect their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to do so, noting that it’s the instrument they’ll use in voting for all PDP candidates.

In his remarks, the convener and Chairman Governing Council, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua, Hon. (Dr) Samuel Edet, thanked the people for turning out in their numbers despite a short notice. He prayed God to bless the people for responding to his invitation.

A man of few words, he urged them to vote 100 percent for PDP, adding that “what you’re seeing today is dividends of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration. As you vote for PDP, we’ll continue to uplift you.”

He promised a scholarship of N150, 000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand) to any son/daughter of Nung Udoe Ibesikpo with 3.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in any institution within Nigeria. “I assure that we’ll do this yearly. This is just the beginning,” he said.

Dr. Edet also gave out N10,000 (Ten Thousand Naira) each as education support to students in higher institutions while over 20 women got monetary support to boost their businesses. He also oversaw the distribution of rice, wrappers and other items along with his wife.

The highpoint of the occasion was the defection of over 50 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) into the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The defectors were led by Aniema Brown who said he has been in the opposition since the days of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

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Mr. Brown who regretted his years in the opposition said throughout his time in the opposition camp, he got nothing, adding that he and his party faithful have always fallen to the superior power and number of PDP members in the area.

He said that with his defection along with other members, the APC is dead and buried in Nung Udoe Ibesikpo. According to him: “I
was the number one opposition man in Ibesikpo. I brought ACN here in 2007. Udoedehe contested to be governor in 2011 and failed. Umana Okon Umana did same in 2015 and failed. I’ve not achieved anything during my years in APC. I’ll work with Uwem Ita Etuk to deliver PDP in Ibesikpo.

On one of his reasons for joining PDP, he said that those who have recently moved to the APC were the problem of PDP in the past. “Now, they have come to contaminate APC. I’m not a deceitful person. I’m here to stay,” he assured.

Speaking further, Mr. Brown said: “There’s nothing like broom here. I started opposition movement Ibesikpo, but PDP has always been bigger here. If you can’t beat them, join them. Anybody who claims to be a member of APC in Ibesikpo is fake from today.”

While guests were thrilled to a breathtaking musical performance by Friends of Martha Udom Emmanuel, the event later witnessed the the symbolic burning of brooms which is the symbol of the APC.

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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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