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The Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum (USDMPF) has frowned on the recent media attacks on religious fathers who condemned the activities of cultists and forbade any of such from aspiring for the 2023 governorship seat in the State.

It says any aspirant who neither abhors nor condemns Cultism, is at war with himself.

The group bore its mind at a press briefing held on Thursday in Uyo, expressing disappointment that the fathers of faith were being misunderstood, tongue-lashed and mouth-washed with reckless abandon by people who should rather take their spiritually-backed opinions as absolute.

According to the Chairman of the Forum Deacon Ofonime Isong, Cultisms is a destructive tenet which has eaten deep into the moral fabrics of the society and has subsequently ruined the future of youths.

“Any governorship aspirant who fails to condemn cultism has a moral question before the electorate”, he stressed.

Explaining that the USDMPF was formed to project the interests of the Uyo Senatorial District, it clarified that they are not aligned to any governorship aspirant but are “poised and determined to interface with all stakeholders with a view to identifying, promoting and rallying support for the best candidate from the district to succeed Governor Udom Emmanuel come 2023”.

They further appealed to aspirants in the State to call their supporters to order and warn them to desist from attacking and abusing the governor who is the father of Akwa Ibom State, adding that “no one spits on a stool and expects to sit on it.

“Aspirants should rather engage Akwa Ibom people on their programmes if elected into office and stop dropping the governor’s name or sponsoring malicious campaigns against the author of the Divine Mandate.

“Such actions are at best unnecessary against a leader who has openly denounced any intention of going for a third term through surrogacy.”

Meanwhile, the forum has condemned the fracas and violence which enveloped the just conducted All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congresses.

They noted that “the violence and ongoing anarchy in what is supposed to be a mere internal family affair, smacks of disunity and poor leadership by the party”.

Lauding the initiative behind the establishment of the Maintain Peace Movement (MPM), the Uyo Media practitioners noted that it was necessary to sustain the Peace recorded in the state under the present administration ahead the next dispensation of governance.

They therefore called on people of the State to shun inciting comments which would undermine the Movement and rather embrace it and its dictates for progress and development.

The Forum accordingly calls on all the good people and residents of Akwa Ibom State to support the Maintain Peace Movement, as it is only in an atmosphere of peace in the State that our prosperity, economic growth, social development and foreign direct investments drive can thrive.

While charging citizens of the State on the need to know their civic responsibilities, the forum advocated massive participation in the ongoing Voters’ registration exercise, ahead the 2023 elections.

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O Monday, August 9, 2021, Governor Udom Emmanuel played host to a meeting of the PDP Governor’s Forum at the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja. The meeting presided over by the forum’s chairman Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, discussed issues bothering on the unity of the party.

An enlarged meeting of the PDP Governors’ Forum with stakeholders of the party will take place on Tuesday, 10th August, 2021 by 10am at the Wadata House Headquarters of the party.

The Special meeting on Tuesday is expected to have in attendance the following stakeholders: A Committee of PDP made up of:
a. National Working Committee (All)
b. Board of Trustees (7 No.)
c. Forum of Former Governors (3 No.)
d. Forum of Former Ministers (3 No.)
e. Current and Former Presiding Officers and Leaders of the National 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.

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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