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Ndanti Ekuh in the legislative Chamber: A prayer point for Uyo State Constituency



Suffice it to say that hardship and means of survival has coated the mindset of many on what legislative representation is, forcing them to believe that legislative representation is simply an employment opportunity and a means of livelihood. They subject aspiration for legislative representation to an application for employment with the sole aim of earning a living. Little do they know that legislative representation, if poorly represented, can stall or jeopardize development and the future of entire Constituency and its constituents.

It must be understood that if it was possible to build a legislative chamber that could accommodate the entire Constituents, then there wouldn’t have been anything like representative. But since it is not possible to have the entire Constituents sit in a legislative chamber for legislative business, a Constituency, therefore, must have to choose among themselves one person to stand in for them as their representative. This imply that the representative is the voice of the entire Constituents. Once he says yes, it means the entire Constituents are saying yes, once he says no, it means the entire Constituents are saying no, if he remains silent in the legislative chambers for lack of competent to deliberate, it means the entire Constituents are silent, when he stays away from plenary fraternizing in drinking palour and hotels to eat, drink and ‘tatatatatata’ in the name of being in the ‘Street’ while plenary is ongoing, it also means that’s what the entire Constituents subject themselves to. This therefore is the reason a Constituency must look beyond any sentiment in choosing who represents them in the legislative chamber.

Constituencies must not reduce their Representation in the legislature to a mere political compensation or poverty alleviation programme. It is ridiculous and embarrassing to reduce legislative representation to ‘street rascality’ and slot for thuggery and confraternity. From the word go and from the days of Late Nyong Essien Akpan who was the first representative of Old Calabar Province in the Legislative Council in Lagos and later 1st President of Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, Eastern Region, Nigeria, representation was base on ability to stand in outstandingly and speak for the entire Constituents. Nyong Essien was found fit to sit (on behalf of his Constituents) with the best at the table on which Nigeria’s nationalism was being deliberated because he was fearless, vocal, persistent, broad minded and nationalistic in his approach, a complete replica of what Ikono Clan born Elder Ndanti Ekuh is, hence, was able to intellectually fought for the enhancement of the traditional institutions of his people. This should therefore top the premise upon which Uyo State Constituency must base their choice of representive in the upcoming 2023 State House of Assembly election and the prayer point for all Constituents of Uyo State Constituency as they commiserate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ should be that God should grant them the grace to produce Elder Ndanti Ekuh as their representative in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly come 2023.

Like Nyong Essien, Elder Ndanti Ekuh’s boldness and vocal quality garnished with his journalism background have been proven over time such as in 2016 when he seized the slightest opportunity he had during a Media Chat marking the 29th Anniversary of Akwa Ibom State with the State Governor to make case for the entire people of Ikono Clan which resulted in the Governor’s instance directive for the construction of Roads in Ikono Clan captured in the Completion Agenda as 29th Anniversary Road. The reason for delay of the execution of the road project will however remain a story for another day. That’s the vocal and advocacy qualities Uyo State will enjoy from Ndanti Ekuh in the floor of the legislative Chamber.

Elder Ndanti Ekuh, long before his appointment as the Special Assistant to the Governor on Research and Documentation, had recorded an excellent strides in his journalism profession which impacted hundreds of lives within and outside Uyo. Having rose through the ranks of journalism profession over a decade, from page planner to news reporter, from Editorial Board secretary to Features Editor, from Sunday Editor to Editor-in-Chief and climaxing as the Chairman/CEO of the New Detail World Company Limited, publishers of Daily Detail Newspaper and owners of Detail TV, Ekuh has empowered and employed many within and outside Akwa Ibom State. With the Presidential endorsement he secured for Daily Detail Newspaper circulated across the country, he employed dozens of people, empowered many and assisted hundreds of students in both secondary and tertiary institution with payment of school fees, WAEC Fees, JAMB forms, project assistance etc within Ikono Clan and across the entire Uyo.

Ekuh’s impact in Ikono Clan and his people oriented disposition signals a new dawn in Ikono Clan and a clear departure from the usual. With his developmental ideology and love for his community and his people, he made history as he hosted the first ever Ikono Clan Youth Summit organized by his advocacy group, Think Ekuh Initiative – TEI where thousands of youths in Ikono Clan gathered to reason as true and patriotic sons and daughters of Ikono, chatting a new course for the development of Ikono Clan. With a football tournament wrapped with cash prize, trophy and medals to mark the summit, Ekuh foisted unity and love in Ikono Clan.

Back home, his kinsmen has defiled the notion of “a Prophet is without honour in his home” because of the illustrious and sterling impact their son has made in his village and family. Similarly, Ikono Clan Traditional Rulers Council has felt the impact of Elder Ndanti Ekuh in many ways and unanimously described him as the “little David of Ikono Clan”. Just like biblical David, he has the voice, he has the boldness, he has the Love for his community, he has a human heart, he understands the plight of his Constituency, he knows the shortcomings and the many mistakes that dwarfed his Community and his Constituency as well as approach to effecting a positive change. These are the representive attributes Uyo State Constituency can not afford to miss, hence, the massive Support he enjoys from home front to his clan and from the entire Uyo State Constituency and beyond.

Away from Ikono Clan, his popular mantra – FOR THE LOVE OF UYO has been realistically practicalized by Elder Ndanti Ekuh. His love for Uyo birth his sponsorship of Essay Competition with the theme – “For the Love of Uyo” with winners bagging cash prize and certificates. His love for Uyo was felt when he donated Signpost, party Flags and other insignia to the Uyo PDP Chapter Office. His love for Uyo was instrumental to the donation of building materials to the Uyo Local Government Council in Support for the construction of the administrative block built and commission by the Executive Chairman, Dr. Uwemedimo Udo during his first hundred days in office.

Ekuh’s humility, accessibility, respect and Godly life outstandingly shape his leadership quality as a born and certified Leader with UNESCO authorized certification in Leadership and a trained Transformational Leadership expert of Leadimpact University, Colorado, United States of America as well as a certified Member of Institute of Corperate Leadership and Mentorship.

A representative in the likes of Elder Ekuh will not only be a prayer answered for Ikono Clan, he will also be a complementing factor for the prevailing peace, unity and Love in Uyo State Constituency, hence should remain the number one prayer point for the entire people of Uyo State Constituency as we mark the 2022 Easter.

Being a noiseless catalyst in the Completion Agenda team of Governor Udom Emmanuel, Elder Ndanti Ekuh is versed with Governor Udom Emmanuel’s vision for Akwa Ibom State and will therefore be a perfect consolidation agent from Uyo State Constituency that will help interpret and harness the consolidation agenda of the successive government for an excellent legislative backing in the 8th Assembly of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly come 2023. Therefore let’s make ‘Ekuh for Uyo 2023’ a prayer point ahead of the PDP Primaries; Let’s pray for Elder Ndanti Ekuh as the next House of Assembly Member Representing Uyo State Constituency.

(c) Team Ekuh for Uyo 2023

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




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: .

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



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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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

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