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CAUTION YOUR SON ITA ENANG TO STOP INSULTING GOVERNOR EMMANUEL – EKET SEN ASSEMBLY

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Leaders of the Eastern Ibibio People Association have been advised to warn one of their sons, Senator Ita Enang to desist from incessantly making insulting, unwarranted and inciting comments against Governor Udom Emmanuel on the media.

These were some of the opinions of some leaders of the Akwa Ibom South (Eket) Senatorial District Assembly, during a visit by the Eastern Ibibio People Association to Eket last weekend.

The leader of the Eket Senatorial District Assembly, Chief Nduese Essien who hosted the delegation in his compound in Eket, told them that while they are free to agitate for their people to produce the next Governor in 2023, they should do so through peaceful persuasions, consultations and through prayers.

He reminded them that in 2012, when the people of Uyo Senatorial District appeared to have concluded plans to deprive Eket Senatorial District of the rights to get the 2015 slot, the Akwa Ibom South Senatorial Assembly was formed to galvanize support and cultivate people’s interests towards justice for the district.

While acknowledging that Eastern Ibibio People Association was on a good cause, the former federal Minister of Lands and Housing said that “it is not the duty of Eket Assembly leaders to agitate on micro zoning within Uyo Senatorial District.”

“We would advise that you people rather make more efforts towards convincing the other two federal constituencies in your Senatorial District to see reasons to support your position.

“Beyond agitating, you should be able to present credible aspirants that can easily get the support of Akwa Ibom people, because Akwa Ibom has gone past the stage were leaders were chosen to come and develop their areas only”, Chief Nduese Essien said.

On his part, a former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Elder Ime Ekpoattai told the visiting delegation that every leader has his strengths and weaknesses, but they should warn their son Ita Enang to stop insulting the Governor.

Ekpoattai, whose wife previously represented Eket Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, said if Senator Enang couldn’t point at one thing he has achieved for his people in all his years in the federal government, he has no right to be insulting their son who is the Governor, as that could lead to withdrawal of support from Eket federal Constituency to Itu federal Constituency’s aspiration.

Also speaking further, Chief Obot Etukafia, pioneer Commissioner for Finance in Akwa Ibom State and Sir Okon Essang from Oron Federal Constituency, reminded the agitators from Eastern Ibibio that no victory comes easily, and warned them to remain peaceful in their agitations.

They were further advised by Sir Okon Essang to divorce any sefish intention from their movement and be sure they are not doing the bidding of any particular aspirant.

“When we campaigned for our district, we didn’t support any particular aspirant,but when Mr Udom
Emmanuel indicated interest, he was warmly braced by the entire state because he was the best from the other 22 contenders in 2015”, the added.

The Leader of the Eastern Ibibio People Association, Obong (Barr.) Eteyen Archibong claimed that their people in Itu, Ini, Ibiono and Ikono are heavily marginalised over the years and that they have never gotten an appointed Ambassador, a deputy governor and a governor since the creation of Akwa Ibom State hence Itu federal constituency should be favoured.

He claimed that being boundary local government areas, they protect the integrity and sovereignty of the state from external incursions, and deserved support for a shot at the Hilltop plum job.

“We are consulting you to get your support as we did for Eket Senatorial District in 2015. Do not listen to people who attempt to label anyone as a cultist. There is no more cultist in Akwa Ibom, the Governor had since banned Cultism”, they echoed.

While throwing their weight behind the Peace Movement, they said that without justice and fairness, there can’t be peace.

Obong (Barr.) Eteyen Archibong said one of the ways to address the marginalization problem of his area is to allow them produce a Governor in 2023.

“Uyo
Senatorial District consists of 3 Federal Constituencies. Etinan Federal Constituency produced Obong Akpan Isemin as Governor, Uyo Federal Constituency produced Obong Victor Attah, but Itu Federal Constituency had never produced a Governor. It will therefore be equitable to balance the Governorship position in this Senatorial District by zoning it to Itu Federal Constituency for even development.

“We are saying that, for the sake of equity, justice, fair play and peaceful coexistence, governorship seat should not go elsewhere in the Senatorial District apart from Itu Federal Constituency.

“We have come to you, to appeal, to seek your support. We are not violent, we are not fighting. We are simply saying that our brothers in Uyo and Etinan Federal Constituencies having tasted the office before should allow the people of Itu Federal Constituency the opportunity to also have a taste of power”. He stated.

Speaking separately, Dr. Nsima Edet, a former Chairman of Itu Local Government Area and Squadron Leader Effiong Benson, a retired Air force Officer, stated that, the four Local Government Areas have contributed immensely to the state, and should not be deprived.

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

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– 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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ATTAH SEEKS SUPPORT FOR GOV. EMMANUEL’S SUCCESSION PLAN

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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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HOUSE MAID WHO FLED WITH HER MADAM’S SON IN LAGOS ARRESTED IN OGUN

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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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