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2023: We’ve Not Endorsed Any Governorship Candidate- Fathers of Faith



By Ndikpongke Thomas

The Spiritual Fathers’ Forum also known as Fathers of Faith in Akwa Ibom State on Thursday, denied supporting the Governorship bid of any aspirant for the 2023 Governorship election.

The Chairman of the Forum, His Eminence Mbang(CON) and Co-Chairmen, Prelate Isaiah Isong and Rev. Ossom of the Qua Iboe Church stated that the forum is for members who are seventy years and above and young spiritual leaders of notable and prominent churches in Akwa Ibom State.

According to the fathers, the forum was formed in order to boost the quality of Christian leadership in the state, resolve conflict amongst leaders and churches or members in churches, Interact with traditional rulers to foster peace, unity, and harmony in the state.

“Serving as a platform for old and young gospel ministers to interact on biblical, moral, and ethical issues, supporting the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Akwa Ibom State branch to express views and opinions on religious matters that will enhance unity and harmonious co-existence in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria, organising and holding seminars, conferences, symposia, lawful and peaceful public meetings on any topic relevant to the objective of the forum.

“Interacting with security agencies for better service delivery in the state, Sensitisation of the youths on Christian ethics and values, consulting key stakeholders of the state to adopt measures that will further strengthen development within the state”, he said.

Mbang also pointed out that over 13 aspirants for different political offices had approached him, He advised them to join Governor Udom Emmanuel, The fathers of faith, and well-meaning citizens of Akwa Ibom State to publicly condemn cultism and occultism preferably on a national daily.

This has damped the future of our youth, outlining the case of a popular secondary school in Uyo where some students threatened to kill the principal and the entire family.

The fathers added β€œWe would like to dismiss rumours circulating in the state that Akwa Ibom State spiritual fathers forum/fathers of faith have a preferred governship candidate. This is FALSE. On the contrary, fathers of faith that was recently formed have been praying conscientiously and would also work conscientiously to ensure that the people of the state elect a credible honest Christian citizen with good leadership qualities, human sympathy, personal probity and who is economically vested as of the Governor of the state, come 2023. The same holds for those who must represent us in the various legislatures of our Local Government administrations”.

However, the fathers commended the leadership of the state, Governor Udom Emmanuel for being a committed soldier in regards to peace and progress brought to all sectors of Akwa Ibom State and asked God to bless the Governor and first lady and guide them through the delivery on their completion agenda.

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NPFL BREAKING NEWS: LMC Order Dakkada to play Their Next Three Home Games In Benin, Club fined N3.5m



– Expels Etefia from NPFL for assault on Match official..

– Recommends Review of Match Officials performance.

After conclusion of preliminary investigation on the assault on an Assistant Referee, the League Management Company (LMC) has announced the immediate expulsion of Sunday Etefia, the Dakkada FC Assistant Coach.

The LMC also fined Dakkada FC a total sum of N3.5m and ordered to play their next three home matches at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin for breach of Rules B13.52 and C9 following the incidents of the MatchDay 4 fixture.

Also,Dakkada were ordered to pay the sum of N250,000 each to the Assistant Referee and General Manager of Remo Stars for medical expenses and may include any additional verifiable and authenticated medical costs.

While ordering Dakkada to play a minimum of three home matches at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, the LMC ruled that the club would only be permitted to return to its home stadium upon receipt of a satisfactory report or update on the formal report to the Police and prosecution of the official involved in the alleged assault. The prosecution must be authenticated by the LMC legal team and compliance unit.
[Via Adepoju Tobi Samuel]

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By Edet Ikotidem

A former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Arc ( Obong) Victor Attah has canvassed support for Governor Udom Emmanuel’s succession plan.

Obong Attah made the call in Uyo during an audience with members of the Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum .

The ‘Eduek Ekpe’ who expressed interest in the Governor’s succession plan, expressed his concern about who becomes the next governor of Akwa Ibom State

“As a Governor, I could not have left the state the way i met it and the development of Akwa Ibom has been dear to my heart”, he said.

“Any person who wants to govern Akwa Ibom must tell the people what he wants to do and how he intends to go about it, he added”.

The former Governor called on Governor Emmanuel to dialogue with the people to guide against avoidable mistakes in the choice of a successor.

Obong Attah also noted that naming anyone now without the acceptance of the people may frustrate the process from being actualized.

He further stressed that the idea of a University of Technology in Akwa Ibom was to meet the technology needs of the state and nation at large for wealth creation and accelerated economic development.

“Any Science Park in the world is a centre for foreign exchange where millions of dollars are made through incubation of ideas and software production. So, the idea of a Science Park and the University of Technology should not be jettisoned “, he said.

In his remarks, , the former governor commended the Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum for her initiatives and support for the government of Mr Udom Emmanuel and his succession plan

Reacting to the former Governor’s remarks, Chairman of the Forum, Elder Ofonimeh Isong appealed to Obong Attah not to relent in his support and assistance to Governor Emmanuel, especially in the choice of a successor.

He informed the former governor that the Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum is in strategic partnership with relevant agencies to ensure the success of the completion agenda of His Excellency, the governor.

Those in the audience with Obong Attah were the Vice Chairman of the Forum and Publisher, Dailynews Newspaper, Prince. Emmanuel Ndon, Director, Contact and Mobilization, Mr. Victor Ukpong, Chairman Board of Trustees, Comrade Joseph Okon, Special Assistant to the State Governor on Project Monitoring, Comrade Ernest Akpan, Reverend Osendu Ahirika, Secretary Board of Trustees, Reverend Richard Peters.

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She stated further that the little girl was begging for alms under the pretence that the small boy is her younger brother and that their parents died in an accident in December 2020.

Out of compassion, the woman took both of them to her house in Sagamu in order to take care of the little boy’s deteriorating health condition.

But immediately the boy fully recovered, the suspect wanted to single-handedly take the boy to Imo state. This aroused the woman’s suspicion, hence her report.

Upon the report, the Dpo Sagamu division, CSP okiki Agunbiade detailed his detectives to go and bring the girl and the little boy.

On interrogation, the girl confessed that she was a maid to the mother of the little boy, and that she left with the boy since on the 19th of December 2021, with the intention of taking the boy to Amraku Umorsu in Isiala/Mberna local government area of Imo state.

She stated further that, she took the baby from the church during Sunday school period, and since the Sunday school teacher knows her with the baby’s mother, she had no problem releasing the baby to her.

She explained further that she decided to beg for alms in order to raise transport fare to Imo state. ” Oyeyemi said.

The police spokesperson added that the Commissioner of police CP Lanre Bankole ordered that the baby’s parents be contacted, while the case be forwarded to Lagos state command whose jurisdiction the crime was committed.

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