Away from the activities of some noisy followers, who feel their stunts can win an election for their principal, the 2019 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State if it ever turns out to be a straight butte between the incumbent Governor Udom Emmanuel and NDDC big boy Nsima Ekwere will be an interesting one.
Both men are noble and their fathers are retired teachers. Above all, they come from Eket senatorial district which is favoured to produce the Governor till 2023. And this is why perhaps reasons camps of both men are the busiest at least for now.
It would however be fool hardy for anyone to assume that other Akwa Ibomites will not stage a surprise. If I argue in that direction, then not many Akwa ibomites and Nigerians will take me serious.
But the issue is that if and when the battle line between Udom Emmanuel and Nsima Ekwere must have been drawn, then it will be a fight to finish. It will be a battle not only for the soul of Akwa Ibom State but for the creation of a record, the protection of pride and the breaking of a jinx.
In the interim, both men are sitting on a jinx that is yet to be broken and the outcome of the 2019 governorship election will either break or continue the jinx. Beginning from the Governor, he hails from ONNA Local Government Area where Clement Isong hailed. From 1979 to 1983 in the then Cross River State, Obong Clement Isong from Awa clan in Onna Local Government Area presided as the Governor. In 1983, he sought a second term, but the minority conspiracy robbed him of victory. Isong was a celebrated banker and a former CBN Governor. Isong’s political history says he was a good Governor. So it therefore goes to suggest that Isong did not fail to get a second term because he did not do well as a Governor. He lost that election because of the conspiracy from the minority ethnic groups that made up the then Cross River State. Donald Etiebet of blessed memory benefitted from that conspiracy. Donald was from Oruk Anam Local Government Area.
With this, those opposing Udom Emmanuel’s second term bid say it is a jinx that Onna doesn’t do a second term. However shallow and ridiculous this argument may sound. It should not be swept under the carpet because of the dynamism and changing nature of politics. One may rightly posit that, that event of 1983 may not see the light of the day in today’s Akwa Ibom especially now that very key political actors from Uyo Senatorial district sees Udom’s second term election beyond 2019.
Those in this school of thought argue also that what happened that year was in then or say old Cross River and not in the present day Akwa Ibom especially when in the present democratic regime Obong Victor Attah from Uyo Federal constituency and Godswill Akpabio of Ikot Ekpene Federal Constituency did eight years of two terms each respectively.
Of course, the chances sited in the above scenario just fired the confidence and chances of pro Udom into a dimension of positives. This goes to suggest that given a fair chance and spot, Udom’s 2nd term ambition may be sealed and delivered. The only seeming predicament being that the Akwa Ibom Governor belongs not to the ruling party. This is seemingly why those who oppose his return in 2019 feel they have the knife and the yam.
But in the midst of all these, Udom sure has his sight on the trophy and with the way and manner he has been going about his services to Akwa Ibom people, he generates much confidence by the day.
For Nsima Ekere, the big boy of NDDC, he has been around for a while and sure knows the implications of not creating an impact in the coming governorship election if he is ever going to contest in 2019. This may be his last contest for Governorship position.
If he joins the guber race for his state, this will not be the first time NDDC big shoddy will be seeking to govern his state after serving in the commission. Onyeama Ugochukwu served in NDDC, Timi Alaibe also served in the commission as MD/CEO both men in their time had hoped to become governors of their respective Abia and Bayelsa States at the end of their tenure. But failed to even pick tickets of their parties PDP as it were. Even when decamping to another party was the option. They didn’t get the seat of their government House.
NDDC hierarchy’s post political history in the south is always replete with failures to clinch the governorship seats for their respective states. The stories of Sam Edem, Udo Mboso, Senator Ewa Henshaw, Timi Alaibe, should not be forgotten in a haste. No matter how stylish they have always tried to be, victory has always eluded them.
This is the jinx the present MD/CEO of NDDC Obong Nsima Ekere will have to break if he is to emerge victorious as the Governor of Akwa Ibom Come 2019. His forebears in NDDC have not always emerge as Governors of their states and in this wise, he comes face to face with the jinx. To set a new record, he has to surmount this barrier.
This barrier however looks on the surface easy when one considers the fact that other top shots of NDDC failed as members of the PDP when the PDP was in charge of power at the federal level. Today, Nsima Ekere belongs to the APC and the APC is in charge of power at the National level. Can the party skew anything and everything to favour him? If they do this and Nsima emerges , then, that will be, apart from breaking the jinx of NDDC top shots failure to succeed in election as governors of their respective states, a reinterpretation of the Barrel.
But then, this does not look quite easy as forces contending for the APC ticket of Akwa Ibom State with some real and others imagined intention are much. For supporters of NUE, the 2019 governorship election offers the best and brightest chance for the Ikot Abasi Ibom NDDC big man and he has to do everything, just everything to claim that seat.
It could be argued that Udom Emmanuel and Nsima Ekere sure have to fight and how the battle pans out remains to be seen. For Governor Emmanuel, he has crossed the Rubicon of primaries as his party, the PDP have since confirmed their determination to send him on a second term. The Governor is sure of the PDP ticket. The case of Nsima Ekere at the party level (the APC) is not yet confirmed. The likes of Udoedehe, Asuquo Okpo, Edet Effretuei, Ita Enang and even NPC man Ben Ukpong are waiting to wrestle the APC ticket with Nsima Ekere. Although odds favour Ekere, in politics, nothing should be taken for granted.
Again, that takes us to another jinx starring Ekere in the face. The jinx of emerging the governorship candidate of his political party. Twice he has sought the ticket of PDP as governorship candidate, twice he has failed to make it or say he has been schemed out. He has to break this jinx by emerging the candidate of his party, APC and come to square up with Udom Emmanuel who is already a sure bet for the PDP guber candidate. Who will break this jinx? May 29, 2019 will tell.
Amaechi Vows To Release Names Of Those Sabotaging Security
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that cabals are frustrating the recently approved $198m maritime security contract.
Amaechi vowed to publicly mention names of saboteurs while speaking at a Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum held in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.
He said “Reason, why vessels will not come to the Eastern ports, is because there is war insurance due to insecurity in the ports here.
“The war insurance means if the goods cost N10,000 in Lagos, it will cost N20,000 here because there is an extra cost on it due to Insecurity issues. Even as a minister, I can’t enter a boat ride from Warri to Port Harcourt due to insecurity issues, but I can move around Lagos at any time of the day.
“I once asked a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, why people from Anambra don’t import from Port Harcourt port, and he said it cost less to import from Lagos and move to Onitsha even with the price they pay on the road. It is cheaper to import from Lagos to Aba, yet Aba to Port Harcourt is a 30-minute drive.
“For shipowners, you need to do a petition to Mr President. The President approved a contract of $195m for maritime security, but there are people in the system sabotaging the contract because it will restore security in the water. I won’t say who they are until it gets out of control. We are still battling for the contract to take place, but if it gets out of place, we will name them publicly, including the security people involved.
“There are people who make billions of Dollars from the insecurity on the water, so they don’t want security on the water because if we secure the water, all their rubbish will go.
“There are businesses which provide the vessel for oil companies in the name of providing security. The moment we secure the water, they are out of jobs?
Prison Officer Brutalizes Son, Injures Him For Playing Football (Graphic)
According to a photographer who shared photos of a teenage boy brutalized by his father, almost went into coma after he sustained a deep injury on his head, just for playing football.
The Nigerian Prisons staff beats his son from 7:00pm till 2:30 am, says report.
See what the photographer/Instagram user wrote..
This happened at Oluwatedo area of Ibadan, Mr Adepoju Biodun is married with three kids,he works with Nigerian prison service Agodi,ibadan.his eldest child is Israel, On 16th February 2018 Israel went to play football and after the football his father beat him from 7:00pm till 2:30am in the early hours of Saturday till he sustained a deep cut on his head with blood everywhere in the house.his the appropriate way to correct or chastise our child. This is beyond chastisement. Israel was beaten to coma before he was later rushed to Don Bosco specialist hospital Ogungbade. I will soon upload the surface area of the deep cut as soon as they open it.his siblings also tolu and praise served severe punishment, they were relieved as soon as Israel was rushed to the hospital. Please share until the appropriate authorities sees this especially Nigerian prisons, UNICEF. #UNICEF #law #crazyfather #ibadan #opayemioludayo
#tolanialli #bayoomoboriowo #michaelomoboriowophotography #ajimobi #florenceajimobi #lawyer #nigerianprison #nigerianprison #freshfm #splashfm #inspirationfm
Beating for your son for playing football? My God.
Someone please remind him how much Neymar is worth per week!!! Kaii
There is another angle to look at this… No father in his right mind would do this to his own son!!! This is a clear case MENTAL ILLNESS/TRUMA probably due to the nature of his work. I am not a psychologist but I know in that in Nigeria we lack the culture of looking out for the signs of mental fatigue amongst our workers in all sector. Military /Paramilitary have no proper way of been evaluated for any form of work trauma. This man could be having or experiencing trauma as the result of the nature of his job. May God help him and his family.
UYO STATE LAWMAKER RESCUES PUPILS AGAIN …DONATES DESKS TO SCHOOL
The member representing Uyo State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Eyo Okon, on Friday, donated 120 desks to the pupils of Government Primary School, Aka Offot, Uyo Local Government Area.
Hon. Monday Eyo who described Education as a bedrock of any society, and for any society to make progress, stated that when the foundation that is the primary level of education is well laid, motivated and properly activated, the child who is at the centre of learning is well prepared, informed and sharpened for the future both mentally and physically.
Headmaster of the School, Mr. Simon Edet Eyo, alongside the Village Head of Aka 1, Eteidung Francis, Hon. Kufre Mendi, while receiving the Lawmaker, commended him for his kind gesture and rapid response to the plight of the pupils within the short notice of time.
PDP RESPONSIBLE FOR FUEL HIKE- Don Etiebet …BLAMES OBJ,JONATHAN FOR OIL SPILLS IN NIGER DELTA
Former Petroleum Minister Chief Don Etiebet says the current fuel crisis in Nigeria is caused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Chief Etiebet the APC leader in Akwa Ibom explained that the petroleum distribution in Nigeria is controlled by PDP members who are causing the fuel hike to project President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure.
Buhari is the substantive Ministet of Petroleum in Nigeria.
“Who are still controlling the petroleum distribution in Nigeria; it is still the original PDP marketers.”
He attributed the fuel hike to the impending elections in the country, saying it is an attempt by the PDP marketers to discredit APC.
“Election time is coming and they are doing all kinds of thing for petrol not to be available, and what do they want? They want increase I petrol price so that they can use that against APC”
Etiebet, who was minister of petroleum under Gen. Sani Abacha attributed all oil spill in the South-South Zone to illegal bunkering.
He said illegal bunkering in Nigeria where sponsored by the previous Government OF Chief Olusegu Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“Many Government in the past even up to the last Government have been supporting illegal bunkering; please quote me, I am the former minister for petroleum and I know the details”
On the proposed reintroduction of onshore/offshore oil dichotomy by the APC restructuring Committee, Dr. Etiebet said there was nothing wrong with the committee report.
“ I believe what the committee meant maybe oil discovered or produced outside that isoba boundary.”
He assured that president buhari has done well for Akwa Ibom with the development programme been seen in all part Akwa Ibom state and urged Akwa Ibom people to rally round him for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019
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By Our Source