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2023 Guber: Iniobong Essien speaks …appeals to Akwa Ibom people to pray for Governor Emmanuel



2023 Guber: Iniobong Essien speaks

…appeals to Akwa Ibom people to pray for Governor Emmanuel

As the debate on who occupies the Hilltop Mansion in 2023 continues to gain momentum, the Chairman of Ibom Airport Development Company Limited, Dr. Iniobong Essien, has opened up on the aspirations for the governorship race.

Dr. Essien, who is a former Commissioner for Science and Technology in Akwa Ibom State, in an interaction with the Conference of Online Publishers in Akwa Ibom State (COOPA) on Friday, hinted that although he has not informed any group or individual of any aspiration, he would not decline if God reveals him to Governor Udom Emmanuel as his potential Successor.

This follows insinuation across the State that he (Iniobong Essien) will run for the 2023 Governorship election.

“So far, he (Gov. Emmanuel) has not named anybody (as a successor). So if the Governor were to hear my name from God and then says, ‘this is the person that God wants, then I’ll certainly get back to my people, think about it and of course, give it a trial.

“It will be a call to service. I was called to be an Elder in the Apostolic Church, not because I chose to be. At some point, I was hesitant but when I looked at it from the point of service, I went on to take that up. I enjoy service. To me, a call to service at that level is a call that one will certainly pray about and possibly give a trial. People have come to me to say why don’t you do this, but I have never spoken with anybody to date, I have not. If there is anybody who says that I have said that I want to contest for Governorship of Akwa Ibom State, I’d like the person to come out and say it publicly”, he said.

He noted that Governor Emmanuel needed divine guidance in his choice of a successor, saying rather than pressurize the Governor, Akwa Ibom people should also seek God’s face on who takes over the baton of leadership in 2023.

“If you’re talking about the succession plan, Governor Udom Emmanuel has spoken severally that, he is waiting on God and the stakeholders. So we will patiently wait for His Excellency. I’m sure he’s talking with the stakeholders and they are giving their inputs.

“God is not a God of confusion. I want to appeal that we allow Governor Udom Emmanuel to hear from God. I would also advise us (Akwa Ibom people) to pray to God to guide him so that he hears very clearly (from God)”, he said.

Dr. Essien carpeted widespread insinuations that the Governor was making moves to frustrate the ambitions of some Governorship Aspirants in the state, but made a case for Itu/Ibiono Ibom Federal Constituency in the forthcoming election.

“Governor Udom Emmanuel has never given any instruction that there is anyone that needs to be politically ‘demystified’. What I desire is that based on the zoning that we have, Itu/Ibiono should be given a shot. It is left to the stakeholders in conjunction with the Governor to take a decision on what it should be”, he added.

The erstwhile Commissioner also spoke on ongoing works at the Maintenance, Repairs, and Overhaul (MRO), second Runaway, and Terminal Building at the Ibom International Airport.

“Close to 70 percent of work has been done at the MRO of Ibom International Airport. An official operator is in the pipeline and that will be unfolded very soon. The MRO is almost ready for use.”

“The terminal building, from my interactions with the engineers, should be ready by the middle of next year. Same thing with the second Runway. Asphalting has started. I’ll put the level of completion at 60 to 70 percent.”

He expressed optimism that the current administration would complete ongoing projects in the state before 2023, exception of the Ibom Deep Seaport which he noted cannot be completed under Governor Emmanuel’s tenure.

“I can tell you that with the way he is going, Governor Udom Emmanuel will land well. He will land well in terms of completing his projects and in his succession plan. There is no way Governor Udom Emmanuel can complete the Ibom Deep Seaport in his administration. But what he has done so far, especially, getting the approval from the Federal Government, is commendable.”

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Conference of Online Publishers in Akwa Ibom (COOPA)

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I expected that outing to be dramatic. So it was. After all in 2014, Oron and Ikot Abasi were epic centers of tragicomedies.

I love Obong Bassey Albert’s (OBA) style. Charming in distress. Courageous in ambush. A solo vocalist. A self style activist. Generous. Charismatic…

It is true to Maintain Peace, the State must be guided by Justice, Equity and Fairness. But should OBA be the falconer? Should he rightfully stir this hornet nest?

This tripod of Justice, Equity and Fairness -JEF is then an orphan. OBA has made JEF a pack of cosmetics. When you want to attract confused bachelors apply it. When your desires are met, wash it off.

Did OBA consider the wheel of JEF in 2014 when against known historical and political realities stake his seat as Commissioner of Finance for 7years to grab Governorship which was known to rotate to Eket Senatorial District after Uyo and Ikot Ekpene had taken “turns”?

Many things will work for OBA. Certainly not JEF. He would have had a popular appeal had he mobilized Akwa Ibom to the rescue of Oro Nation in 2014 or Eket at large.

Uyo Federal Constituency is bereaved, because OBA’s artillery crushed them in 2015 and 2019. They only had a shot once at the Senate 1999-2003. While Ibiono Ibom enjoys the pourri for 12years without recalling Justice, Equity or Fairness as it is now.

Since OBA could not,- which he could have – negotiate JUSTICE for Oro Nation; was not FAIR to Eket Senatorial District and had trespassed the compass of EQUITY for UYO Federal Constituency, his call for JEF, is too weak a solo for a desirous orchestra fit for multi- congregation of divergent interest.

This our OBA is in TINUBU kind of political bobby traps. OBA claims to have conceded to Eket Senatorial District before President Goodluck Jonathan. That must have been a personal negotiation, not party, certainly not binding on over 7million people. This is the implications:

•Justice did not appeal to him hence, the only person or authority that could appeal his ego was the President. By giving him GEJ, they robbed him a cliff to the anchor of a tripod – JEF- which he is in dire need now.

• Jonathan is no more the President. Certainly, not in charge of the political mercenaries or political structure of PDP.

•There is a name he omitted yesterday. That person like Jonathan, is no more in PDP. He may have facilitated that meeting with President Jonathan.

• In his claims yesterday, he mentioned Barr. Enoidem, Senator Akon Eyakeyin, Hammer( Enobong Uwa) as preachers of the gospel of Peace which he heeded in 2014. The question is, where these persons guarantors to OBA’s irrevocable succession of Akwa Ibom Hill Top Mansion 2023?

•Since His Excellency Mr Udom Emmanuel is the beneficiary of the peoples mandate in 2015, and nowhere, was his name mentioned, is he and other emerging stakeholders after that infamous political negotiations liable for a party they neither partook nor shared in the cocktail?

• It thus appears, the ASO ROCK medley was a win- win. OBA and AKPABIO became Senators; UDOM Governor. But has OBA raised questions about the fate of other 24 aspirants who were on 40 days and nights fruitless sojourn in Abuja? I wish he does. Empathy is a strategy.

OBA should wakeup. The game had long begun. Those who could not give him the least significant item as MPM FEZ CAP cannot trust him with a GEM as precious as SEAL OF THE GOVERNOR OF AKWA IBOM STATE.

Now that OBA has publicly committed himself to the philosophy of Maintain Peace Movement MPM, he should be mindful of the Donald Trump style politicking. It might make sense to the Republicans, but detested by Democrats and those indifferent. The consequences is for your guessing.

Like or hate him, he is a master of some political notes. He understands sentiments, grandstanding, phatic emotions, jilt, solidarity, religion as a political vehicle, manipulation etc. Above all he has a voice which he is confident.

However, the task ahead calls for more. The people he is up against are no toddlers. Can’t you see how they played along yesterday? He raised a chorus, they joined. He dived into worship, they were deep with him. He spoke, the listened. Where necessary, they concurred.

When he said I speak the minds of Ini Ememobong, Akan Okon, Henry Archibong, Ememobong Essien, Chairman Ibiono Ibom, was that exaggeration, emotional blackmail or manipulation for political gains?

If no one wears your cap, OBA wear it yourself. It’s fine like dat

But let’s Maintain Peace!

Ekomobong Peter
Writer|Observer|Commentator|Public Issue Analyst.

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It was happiness galore on Friday, 26th August, 2021, as indigenes and political stakeholders in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area gathered in large numbers at the Council Headquarters at Utu Etim Ekpo to witness the inauguration of the steering committee of the socio-political organisation, the Maintain Peace Movement, MPM.

The inauguration which was performed by the national leader of MPM and national legal adviser of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem, took place at the Council Multipurpose Hall.

While inaugurating the steering committee for Etim Ekpo, Barr. Enoidem said that the group was in the area to advocate for the sustainance of peace in the state in order to enable Governor Udom Emmanuel to successfully complete his laudable agenda for the state.

According to Enoidem, “Since 1999 tiil today, this is the first time in the history of Nigeria that we have experienced unparalleled peace, safety and security in all the Local Government Areas”.

“Among all the achivements of the Governor, the prevaling peaceful ambience in the state has placed Akwa Ibom in it’s pride of place”.

In his acceptance remark, the newly inaugurated Coordinator of MPM in Etim Ekpo, Hon. Odudu Jack, promised to work with members of his committee in order to sustain the prevailing peaceful ambience enjoyed in the area.

He said, “In Etim Ekpo, we believe in peace, and in one central leadership, and that is what the MPM represents”.

He mentioned that “Peace is the panacea for all development, and today, I want to assure the national leadership of MPM that we will take this paece message to all the wards and units in Etim Ekpo”.

Earlier, the Chairman of Etim Ekpo, Hon. Ime Afia, welcomed the MPM team to the area, and also appreciated them for the visit. He remarked that, ” MPM is a sign to show that we have a shepherd that cares for his flock”.

“The leadership of this state has coordinated everyone of us to ensure that there’s peace in Akwa Ibom, and we are in total support of the movement ” He added .

The event, attracted members of the political class, members of the state executive council, political appointees of the Governor, traditional rulers, women, youths and other stakeholders in Etim Ekpo and the state.


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The immediate past Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko, SAN, says that the people of Ika Local Government Area whom he noted once lost peace, are determined to hold fast to the peace presently enjoyed in the area.

Nwoko who gave his remarks in Urua Inyang, headquarters of Ika Local Government Area, shortly after being inaugurated as Coordinator of Maintain Peace Movement (MPM) for Ika, recalled a phase in the history of Ika where peace eluded people of the area, positing that Ika understands the value of peace and will keep up in its efforts to promote lasting peace.

“We gladly receive peace. We have once lost peace and we know what it means not to have peace. Now that we have peace, we will not let go”, he said.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Maintain Peace Movement, Barr Emmanuel Enoidem, appreciated the people of Ika Local Government Area for their stance in supporting the campaign of the group, saying it is a great investment for the good of Akwa Ibom State.

Extolling Governor Udom Emmanuel, Barr Enoidem noted that the peace that God has bestowed on the state through the governor, stands as great signature of achievement for the Udom Emmanuel administration.

In his words, “of all the achievements of Government Udom Emmanuel, his ability to entrench peace in the state, towers above others.”

Enoidem who inaugurated the Ika Local Government Steering Committee of MPM, tasked the members of the committee to further propagate the message of the group across all communities in Ika.

Council Chairman of Ika, Hon Malachy Ukpe, who doubles as Secretary of the Ika Local Government Steering Committee of MPM also affirmed that the campaign of MPM is well received and will be taken to nooks and crannies of the area.


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