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GOVERNOR EMMANUEL BAGS DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP AWARD FROM NIGERIA’S POLICE BOSS

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GOVERNOR EMMANUEL BAGS DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP AWARD FROM NIGERIA’S POLICE BOSS

Governor Udom Emmanuel has bagged a Distinguish Leadership Award from the Nigeria Police Force, in recognition of his sterling leadership qualities and partnership with security agents to promote and sustain peace in Akwa Ibom State.

The award which took place on Wednesday, during a State Banquet, at Banquet Hall, Government House, Uyo, was presented by the Inspector-General, Usman Baba.

Governor Emmanuel had expressed appreciation to the Nigeria Police Force for the choice of Akwa Ibom to host a 2-day Conference and Retreat for Senior Police Officers, and recognition of the people- oriented projects in the State.

The Governor also made an appeal for the hosting of Nigeria Police Games in 2022, assuring that with the ultra-modern stadium and sports facilities in the State, the games will be a success.

“On behalf of government and the good people of this state, let me express our sincere appreciation to the entire Police hierarchy in this country led by the Inspector General of Police. We see this as a great privilege.

“I whispered to the IGP that if this is just a retreat of CPs and above, I can imagine when you bring the Police games later this year, it means it’s going to be marvelous and I promise him if he brings the Police games here I will give him the three standard stadia we have here in the state.”

The Chief Executive, further described the IGP as a man of capacity and accessible, adding that his leadership in the Force radiates light to Nigeria.

“The entire Akwa is indebted to you, for your show of love, support, benevolence and above all for who you are in Nigeria today”.

The Inspector General of Police Usman Baba, thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for hosting the second edition of the Conference and Retreat for Senior Police Officers.

The IGP also commended Governor Emmanuel for his dedication, hardwork and experience to steer the ship of leadership in the State with tangible results.

The Inspector General of Police, pledged to provide security for Nigerians to go about their businesses and called on other Governor’s to emulate Governor Emmanuel in his module to achieve peace in the state.

“I want other Governors to emulate Governor Udom Emmanuel, so that Nigeria can enjoy peace and tranquility.

“We on our path are ready, willing and able to provide the required security to Nigerians so long as we have tools to work”, he noted.

The IGP assured the state of hosting the Nigeria Police Games 2022, taking advantage of the support the governor granted earlier.

“I have handed the Chairman of Police Games to Governor Emmanuel, who has handed him to his Commissioner for Sports, we will collaborate and leverage on your kind assistance and benevolence to see when we can host the Police Games in Akwa Ibom State”, he assured.

Highpoint of the Gala Night featured, presentation of Distinguish Service Awards by the IGP to critical partners of the Police Force; BUA Group, Innoson Group, The Interim Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Effiong Okon Akwa and
Premier Motors.

Media Unit
Govt House, Uyo
10/02/22

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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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SENIOR STAFF OF VARSITIES ASSEMBLE FOR PASTOR UMO ENO, LAUD GOV EMMANUEL ON PEACE, INDUSTRIALIZATION

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Tertiary Institution Consolidation Alliance (TICA), a socio-political group of senior staff from different tertiary institutions in Akwa Ibom State has drummed support for Pastor Umo Eno’s governorship aspiration.

The group whose main aim is to ensure that the relative peace enjoyed in the State is sustained had a meeting, Wednesday at Ibom e-library, where they jointly expressed their appreciation to Governor Udom Emmanuel for making peace a reality in Akwa Ibom State.

Speaking during the meeting, Comrade (Mrs) Mary Inyang, Chairperson of National Association of Academic Technologists, Uniuyo Branch and Coordinator, Tertiary Institutions Consolidation Alliance (TICA) noted that the group was formed to support peace, development in the State and also to sustain the peace that is already being enjoyed through support for Pastor Umo Eno.

“We have moved together as members of staff of different tertiary institutions to form this group and to stand with the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, who has made it possible for us to be in peace and also to support the incoming Governor”

Also speaking during the meeting, Comrade (Mrs) Anietie Attai Chairperson, Women Labor Committee while commending the Governor for commissioning so many projects in the State including educational infrastructure, said that Tertiary Institution Consolidation Alliance (TICA) was birthed in support of the Government.

She further noted that the group is a coalition of individuals with like-minds from different tertiary institutions that came together to form the body with the common goal of appreciating what the Governor has done so far and to support him to even do more through Pastor Eno, who will make the State to continue to enjoy the relative peace it’s enjoying presently.

Addressing the group, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Research and Documentation, Mr Essien Ndueso, said God’s mercy made him sent a Governor like Mr Emmanuel who has stopped at nothing in ensuring that there is peace in the State.

He said the Governor went further to ensure that Akwa Ibom lost its status as a civil service state, with the establishment of several industries, the latest being the Coconut Oil Factory billed for commissioning.

Mr Ndueso also expressed his support and excitement for the move and commended the group’s decision to throw its full weight on Pastor Umo Eno, adding that the group’s essence of coming together is undeniably defined by sound principles.

“I am elated to be associated with this forum. It is not very common to see a group of people who come together independently without any prompting to come and take the right decisions especially in the Nigeria of today.”

The Governor’s Aide further described Pastor Umo Eno as a man of peace, God-fearing, and sociable who on his own, and without any government funding, was able to establish and manage several thriving businesses.

“Pastor Umo Eno is not someone that is coming to the State to settle any political baggage, he is someone who on his own prowess, was able to establish a business and that business has been able to thrive.

“We need someone who can manage businesses and harness the potentials of our young persons to grow”

On the ongoing strike action that has crippled academic activities in tertiary institutions, Mr Ndueso lamented that those in authorities were paying lip services to education because of lack of interest and joined the call for an end to the impasse.

“I am surprised that recently airline owners threatened a strike action and the federal government hurriedly settled the grey areas and the strike was prevented, whereas lecturers have been ignored while then federal government owned tertiary institutions remain under locks and key.

“This is why we must make sure we look out for leaders with credible antecedents in the ongoing transition exercise, so that the country can be liberated”, he added.

Also present at the meeting were Special Assistant to the Governor on Project Monitoring, Mr Uwemedimo Umanah, Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Mr Aniekeme Finbarr, Special Assistant to the Govenror on ICT, Engr. Solomon Eyo, Nsipmong Ikpoto- NAAT Chairman Akwa Ibom State University, and a host of others.

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