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2023 PRESIDENCY: GOV UDOM CONSULTS SENATE, HOUSE OF REPS PDP CAUCUSES

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RECEIVES PLAUDITS FOR IBOM AIR, SECURITY, OTHERS

The achievements of Governor Udom Emmanuel in Akwa Ibom State, nearly seven years after he assumed offic RECEIVES PLAUDITS FOR IBOM AIR, SECURITY, OTHERS e, took the center stage as his Presidential ambition received the nod of members of the PDP Caucus in the Senate and House of Representatives respectively.

In separate consultations late Tuesday evening in Abuja, Governor Emmanuel told the Federal lawmakers that his decision to throw his hat into the ring came after ordinary Nigerians, responding to the call by a media organisation, the Brekete Family Human Rights Radio and TV, had urged him to run during his January 7, 2022 appearance on their programme.

He said several Nigerians who listened to that media interview contributed money and helped purchase the Presidential Nomination Forms, urging him to run.

Governor Emmanuel told the lawmakers that he decided to run, because he believes in his capacity to make Nigeria safe, peaceful, attract investments and become economically vibrant.

At the meeting with the PDP Senate Caucus at the residence of the Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Governor Emmanuel was appreciated for the pace of development he has brought to Akwa Ibom through industrialization and Infrastructural development.

The Governor told the upper House legislators that his vision on assumption of office, had been to vigorously tackle the three gateways to industrialization; land, sea and air, noting that despite the nation’s economic challenges, and lack of control on policies, he was able to make a mark in aviation development, and infrastructural expansion as well as other critical sectors of development.

Senator Abaribe and other Distinguished Senators nodded in agreement , as Governor Emmanuel narrated how he has built several roads, including a road and two bridges through Ikpe Ikot Nkon in Ini local government area and another road and bridges in Obot Akara to opened up some communities like Arochukwu and Ekwerazu in Abia State to improved economic and social activities, which Senator Abaribe said he has used several times.

Also narrating his achievements in establishing the best airline in the country, as well as attracting the array of industries, Governor Emmanuel said, “If I could do these when I am only managing a sub-national where I do not have control on several policies, then I believe we can do better given the national platform as President.”

“Those who can rescue Nigeria are the professionals in politics. Those who understand the language of the economy, those who understand the language of money and can manage resources, as well as those who have experience in the private and public sector.”

He said Nigeria would be in for better times if selfless people with capacity are given the opportunity to rule, adding that as national lawmakers, he believes the senators understand why the dignity of a nation with over 200million people should be entrusted into the hands of those who understand economic issues.

Earlier, Senator Chris Ekpenyong on behalf of Senators from Akwa Ibom, who were all present, eulogized Governor Emmanuel for changing the fortunes of Akwa Ibomites.
“Before 2015, we in Akwa Ibom could not sleep with our two eyes closed. But Governor Emmanuel restored peace, provided job opportunities and engaged youths in meaningful activities thereby reducing criminal activities and restiveness.

Ekpenyong narrated that on different occasions, the Governor had hosted the Vice President and the Senate President to commission Industries, health care facilities and roads infrastructure, thereby making other political parties are attest to his achievements.

A former deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Senator Abiodun Olujimi maintained that Governor Emmanuel has been one of the strong pillars behind the success of the PDP.

She maintained that the Governor has related well with the National Assembly members and could be a perfect bridge builder to unite the country.

“You believe in this country, and you believe in our party as a binding force and vehicle, and we in the senate will be of immense support with whatever we can do to make our country grow.”

At the home of Honourable Ndudi Elumelu, the Minority Leader of he House of Representatives, the lawmakers while eulogizing Governor Emmanuel, took turns to lobby for the extension of Ibom Air services to their respective states.

“I learnt the airline recently started flying to Yenogoa, Bayelsa State, there is no reason it should not be in Asaba(Delta State)”, Elumelu said, before being interjected by other lawmakers who advocated for their respective States in unison.

“I have not seen an airline so disciplined and efficient in Nigeria. On two occasions, I have missed my flight, because of their strict adherence to time. On the last occasion, I saw the door of the aircraft being shut and the plane taxied off before I could make it.”

“It takes a man that is focused to build up such a system. Today if you go online to buy Ibom Air Ticket, you would hardly find because it always fully booked. You have done very well to our people, to Nigerians.

“You have always had high regards for the National Assembly, and I believe they are all happy with you”, Hon. Elumelu added.

Governor Emmanuel was asked to take a bow, while the lawmakers applauded him.

The Governor was accompanied by several Akwa Ibom PDP stakeholders who had earlier in the day accompanied the Preferred Candidate for the State’s Governorship race, Pastor Umo Eno to submit his nomination forms at the PDP National Secretariat.

Among members of the delegation were Pastor Umo Eno, the preferred Candidate of the PDP on the forthcoming Governorship elections,
Barr Emmanuel Enoidem, the International Chairman of the MPM, Campaign DG, Chief Assam Assam( SAN), deputy Director General of Campaigns, Dr. Godwin Ntukudeh, MPM Secretary, Prince Enobong Uwah, Senator Effiong Bob, Obong Paul Ekpo, the Etinan Federal Constituency aspirant, Commissioners Frank Archibong, Eno Ibanga and Ini Ememobong, and several other stakeholders, like Hon Okpolupm Etteh, Engr. Uwem Okoko and Maj Gen Isang

The national assembly members from the State included Senator Bassey Albert, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, Hon. Aniekan Umanah, Hon Francis Uduyok, Hon. Emmanuel Ukpong Udo, Hon. Unyime Idem and Hon Nsikak Ekong among others

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Status Quo: OBA, Akwa Ibom Absalom on a free fall

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The rebellious disposition of Obong Bassey Albert (OBA) is congenital. His constant biting of the fingers that fed him is a pronounced character that defines his person. That was why the former Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Sen. Godswill Akpabio in 2015 referred to Bassey Albert as the biblical Absalom. Remember, OBA was his Commissioner for Finance, but fell out of the grace of his master when he chose the path of the biblical Absalom by betraying his political father. He literally bit the fingers that fed him. He was cursed and declared that he would never have a chance to rule in Akwa Ibom state. Read the story in the link: http://saharareporters.com/2014/07/21/2015-gov-akpabio-curses-guber-aspirants-akwa-ibom-pronounces-death-all-his-opponents .

Akpabio’s anger against OBA started when he(OBA) defied the zoning arrangements of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) wherein they zoned the governorship seat in 2015 to Eket senatorial district. Bassey Albert who hails from Uyo senatorial district decided to aspire as governor against the decision of the party. This implies that OBA’s disloyalty to the party that made him didn’t start today. He is known for fighting his fathers and benefactors: A rebel in the similitude of Lucifer, just like Akpabio addressed him in 2015.

The zoning arrangement in Akwa Ibom state is a long standing one, and power has always been rotating within the 3 senatorial districts of the state. Obong Victor Attah in 1999 took the turn of Uyo Senatorial District, Senator Godswill Akpabio came to power in 2007 for Ikot Ekpene senatorial district, and in 2015, it was the turn of Eket senatorial district, when Mr Udom Emmanuel as at that time came into the political picture for Eket senatorial district. But like a rebel, OBA rose against the long standing political tide. It was at this point that Akpabio called him Absolom, one of David’s sons who rose against his father.

But out of pity and much pleas, OBA was offered the Uyo Senatorial District ticket, panel beaten and “packaged” to the Senate.

Today, the same scenario is playing out. In his usual character of rebellion, he is standing against the tide, the same tide that packaged him in 2015 just to give him a soft landing.

First, he started by agitating for the right of consideration for the governorship seat on the ground that the party promised to give him the party ticket.
If the party had promised him the governorship ticket, why did he not decline to take the senatorial tickets in 2015 and 2019?

Second, as if that is enough, he is sponsored series of attacks on the person of the governor of the state and the Peoples Democratic Party, the party that made him who he is today. He attacks party stakeholders and call everyone names. Is this the type of governor Akwa Ibom people need?

Now, he is conniving with Ephraim Inyang, who has turned himself into the Judas Iscariot of our generation, to attempt to truncate a very peaceful and credible ward congress conducted in the state.

This is exactly what Absalom did. He raised an army against his father. He betrayed his father and the people of Israel.

OBA and Ephraim Inyang have risen against the fingers that fed them and brought them to prominence. They are fanning the embers of disloyalty and destruction of the party that made them. What a height of betrayal?

Finally, on the status quo issue, the PDP should put their house in order, stand with the governor and mobilize the delegates to support Umo Eno, and OBA will be beaten hands down.

His last move to seek court injunction to stop the ad-hoc delegates from voting is aimed at sending fear to weak hearts. This alone should boost the people’s morale to stand against his disloyalty to the party. The party should massively vote him out of the race. The PDP is too big for one person to destroy.

Richard Peters

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Alleged Electoral fraud: Prof. Uduk’s lawyer plans to abandon case

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If the recent absence of Prof Uduk in court is anything to come buy, indications are that the defence lawyer, Abasidiong Ekpeyong is planning to prevent the prevalence of justice by frustrating the conclusion of the trial, having exhausted and exploited all available legal tactics at his disposal.

All clues point to the assumption that he connived with his client not to appeal in court at the next adjourned date of 18th Wednesday where he will be expected to open his defence in the trial that has been delayed by the defence team unwilling to open his defence for a period of five months.

It will be recalled that INEC’s prosecution counsel had closed its case since on the 27th of January after calling five witnesses some of whom the defence lawyer could not cross examined and had tendered several documentary evidences to prove the criminal attempt to up-turn the North West senatorial election in the 2019 election.

The no case submission filed, had been Dismissed at the on the 23rd of April sitting by the erudite Justice Bassey Nkanang for lacking merit.

At the last court sitting, the defence lawyer tested the waters when he deliberately failed to come to court with the defendant, Professor lgnatius Uduk who ought to be in court at every court sitting, given that the case is a criminal trial.

That the defendant will always be in court was one of the conditions for the bail granted him that he will make himself available throughout the duration of the trial. But at the last court sitting, the accused initially was not in court when the case was called and the matter had to be stood down for professor Uduk to be brought to the court.

It would be recalled that the professor was compelled to appear in court only after a bench warrant was issued by the court for his arrest after evading Court summons and was hiding in Abuja.

The reluctant defence lawyer pleaded to be given more time and asked for any date in the month of June but the court order for both counsel to choose a date within the next ten days.

Even though the defence counsel’s dairy was free within the period, yet he refused and when both counsel could not agree on a day, the court fixed on the 18th of May for the defence to open his case and matter adjourned.

The defence lawyer and the accused may not appear in court on Wednesday as being contemplated and this may lead to the revocation of the bail earlier granted professor Uduk by the court or in the alternative, he will appear but his lawyer will not come to court to avoid opening his defence and thus compel the court to adjourn the matter again to frustrate the case.

The people of Akwa lbom state and Nigerians are waiting the outcome of this case whether the justice Bassey Nkanang will courageously do justice and it will be served timely and irrespective of position in status of the parties before the court.

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GOV EMMANUEL ADVISES WARD COUNCILLORS TO BE AGENTS OF PEACE AT GRASSROOTS LEVEL

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Governor Udom Emmanuel has called on Ward Councillors in Akwa Ibom State to be agents of peace and discipline expected of them as leaders given the task of community development

Governor Emmanuel made this known while addressing ward Councillors during a two- day Leadership Retreat, with the theme ‘Leadership for Service and Victory’ on Sunday, at Ibom Icon Hotel and Golf Resort Uyo.

The Governor said the essence of organizing the retreat for the 368 Ward Councillors in the State has been a fulfilment of his promise to prepare them with requisite leadership skills for an effective interface with the rural communities.

“The reason we pass this knowledge is that you can also use it to build your families because in your homes, families and wards, you are a leader and once you are a leader there are certain things expect of you.

“Some of you lead groups, committee, communities and you must provide leadership at wards, at any level that you have an opportunity you must provide leadership. I want you to see this as an opportunity to lead a good life”, the governor stated.

Governor Emmanuel harped on the need for Ward Councillors to inculcate loyalty as an essential leadership virtue which can stand them out in future.

Mr Emmanuel who gave reasons for neglect of the Local Government Areas, principally due to poor funding, however advocated the need for Local Government Areas to access more revenue allocation from the federal government, stressing that adequate funding and attention will serve as a major support to build thY oue rural communities.

“You need to know how much you get as a Local Government, I am one of those who still emphasize that if the grassroot must be built we need to look at the revenue allocation, take more from the center and give it to the grassroot because they are closer to the people so that we can build a stronger society”

The Chief Executive however thanked the facilitators Peculiar People Management ( PPM) in conjunction with Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, for organizing the retreat and also commended the orderliness of the ward Councillors during the retreat.

Earlier in his remarks, Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, described the councilors as leaders in their various wards and urged them not to give themselves to prejudice or allow it influence their official conduct at any time.

Dr. Ekuwem, further enjoined the councillors to be self- confident in themselves and exhibit a high sense of discipline without inferiority complex so as to lead boldly by example.

Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Frank Archibong in his welcome remarks thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for keeping to his promise with the Councillors and called on the 368 councillors who participated to make the retreat count in order to replicate the knowledge gained at the grassroot level.

In a goodwill message, the immediate past Commissioner for Lands, Pastor Umo Eno, commended Governor Emmanuel for organizing the retreat which he noted will build capacity and ideas of the ward leaders and empower them to harness resources towards the development of the rural communities.

Also in a goodwill message, the National Coordinator, Maintain Peace Movement (MPM) Barr. Enoidem, urged councillors to take advantage of the retreat as leaders at their various communities and apply the knowledge gained positively as they have the onerous task to select leaders that will sustain the legacy of the present administration.

The Chairman of ALGON, Engr. Iniobong Robson, thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for keeping to his promise in approving the retreat for Councillors in the state.

One of the resource persons, Dr. Maxwell Ubah, spoke on the importance of leadership and the four principles of leadership, pointing out that leadership has a generational impact and it is about securing the future of the next generation.

Certificate of participation and souvenirs were presented to all ward Councillors.

Media Unit
Govt House,Uyo
15/05/22

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