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INEC Staff in EFCC Custody for Electoral Crime in Akwa Ibom State

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INEC Staff in EFCC Custody for Electoral Crime in Akwa Ibom State

Emem Udosen

Three senior staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly collecting the sum of $250, 000 each, to manipulate the Akwa Ibom guber election in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC’S) candidate, Obong Nsima Ekere.

The staff, Moses Naiya, Deputy Director, Web; Pascal Ukaenwe, Deputy Director, Communications; and Embby O. Mba, Deputy Director, internet; are said to have reported at the state commission a day to the election, alleging to have been sent from the national commission.

Their activities were brought to limelight when a certain Conscience Advocacy Group, petitioned them to the EFCC through its secretary, Barr. Donatus Ekpo on February 13, 2019, in Abuja
The EFCC, acting on the information, launched an investigation into the petition and arrested the accused.

Confirming the development, a staff of the EFCC, who spoke in confidence with our reporter, said that the accused were in EFCC detention, adding that investigations on the issue are ongoing and that “they are likely to be prosecuted soon”.

“They came into the state with card readers which have been recovered….., large amounts of money was discovered in their account which points at the allegation against them”, he said.

Meanwhile, the INEC is yet to give an official statement on the incident. When contacted, one of the staffs who pleaded anonymity noted that the commission was perhaps, quiet because they knew nothing about the movement from the national to the state, where the trio claimed to have come from.

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“the national commission has denied sending them to Akwa Ibom. It therefore is allowing the EFCC enough room to interrogate them.

There are indications that they would be relieved of their duties after the investigations”, our source said.

It would be recalled that the move was one of the APC’s desperate moves to win the just-concluded governorship election, after failing to win the patronage of the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC).

“After realizing that the State REC would not compromise his stance by refusing to meet with them abroad, give them result sheets to write results, and allow them choose their ad-hoc staff – they protested locally and nationally, and called for his removal as the state REC. Having failed in all of these, they went ahead to contact the trio of Naiya, Ukaenwe and Mba, to help them secure result sheets, repackage and manipulate anything that would bring them victory”, our source said.

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PDP SOUTH-SOUTH RALLY: GOVERNOR WIKE MAKES A SHOCKING STATEMENT

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Governor Nyesom Wike has announced a new date for the earlier postponed South-South Zonal Presidential Rally of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP). The new date for the rally is the 11th of February, 2019 and its scheduled to hold in the city of Port Harcourt.While inaugurating the Organizing Committees of the rally at the PDP Rivers State Campaign Secretariat in Port Harcourt. Governor Wike said to the party must invest the highest level of commitment at ensuring that the rally was not only a remarkable success but also made a bold national statement about the binding affinity of the region with the Peoples Democratic Party.The Committees, which drew membership from across the South South States of Nigeria, were charged by the host State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.In attendance at the inauguration were Brother Emmanuel Ogidi, the Zonal Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party and the State Party Chairmen of the South South States. The brief ceremony was immediately followed by committee meetings.

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FORMER A’IBOM AGRIC COMMISSIONER EXPRESSES APPRECIATION, LOYALTY TO UDOM

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FORMER A’IBOM AGRIC COMMISSIONER EXPRESSES APPRECIATION, LOYALTY TO UDOM

By Darlington UDOBONG

The immediate past Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Sufficiency, Dr Uduak Udo-Inyang, has expressed appreciation and unflinching loyalty to Governor Udom Emmanuel for the opportunity given him to serve in the State Executive Council.

In a letter of appreciation signed and made available to our reporter, Dr Udo-Inyang said “I write to convey my sincere gratitude to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, for giving me the opportunity to serve in the State Executive Council as Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Sufficiency from December 1, 2016, to May 15, 2019.”

The immediate past Commissioner acknowledged and appreciated the support he received from his colleagues and the Governor, which according to him, “enabled us record many accomplishments during this period.”

“Indeed, working with you, a God fearing, humane, hardworking, result-oriented and focused leader was an experience that has impacted positively on my person. It was a privilege for me to be in the circle of the victorious #OnlyGod team,” the letter stated.

Dr Udo-Inyang further expressed appreciation to God and the people of the state and assured of his love at all times.

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FORMER A’IBOM AGRIC COMMISSIONER EXPRESSES APPRECIATION, LOYALTY TO UDOM

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By Darlington UDOBONG

The immediate past Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Sufficiency, Dr Uduak Udo-Inyang, has expressed appreciation and unflinching loyalty to Governor Udom Emmanuel for the opportunity given him to serve in the State Executive Council.

In a letter of appreciation signed and made available to our reporter, Dr Udo-Inyang said “I write to convey my sincere gratitude to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, for giving me the opportunity to serve in the State Executive Council as Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Sufficiency from December 1, 2016, to May 15, 2019.”

The immediate past Commissioner acknowledged and appreciated the support he received from his colleagues and the Governor, which according to him, “enabled us record many accomplishments during this period.”

“Indeed, working with you, a God fearing, humane, hardworking, result-oriented and focused leader was an experience that has impacted positively on my person. It was a privilege for me to be in the circle of the victorious #OnlyGod team,” the letter stated.

Dr Udo-Inyang further expressed appreciation to God and the people of the state and assured of his love at all times.

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