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2019: Abak APC Leaders Denounce Zoning, Says its Unconstitutional

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• We did not Reject Ekon – LGA Party Chairman

Contrary to a publication trending in the media on a purported zoning or rotation arrangement, the leaders and stakeholders of APC in Abak Local Government Chapter have described such as unconstitutional and a figment of the author’s imagination.

In a communique signed and made available to Akwa Ibom INFO, the Leaders and Stakeholders of Abak APC Chapter condemn strongly, the clandestine zoning, indiscriminate rotation and indirect “anointments” of certain aspirants in the party without due processes and insisted on a level playing field for all APC aspirants in all positions to test their popularity at the ballots.

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A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE LEADERS AND STAKEHOLDERS OF THE ALL PROGESSIVES CONGRESS, ABAK LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAPTER

Our attention has been drawn to a publication credited to certain political merchants, we are compelled to respond to these actions and utterances which we consider inimical to the unity of our great party and the overall stability of Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency. We therefore rise to declare that:

We are the duly elected officers and stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress, Abak Chapter, charged with the responsibility of administering the affairs of the party in line with the regulations and constitution of our party,

We have carefully followed the half-truths, mischief about a non-existent rotation arrangement and purported rejection of the lawmaker representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency by some elements whose primitive penchant remains the handling of lies and distortions to fit their narrow political narrative. We wish to state unequivocally that such petty assertions in question did not emanate from Abak APC Leaders and remains therefore, a mere figment of the author’s imaginations,

As leaders and stakeholders rooted in democracy and the values of our great party, we respect the wish of any aspirant to their democratic choice to stand in a free and fair elections both at the party primaries or general elections but shall never be a party to electoral monkey tricks, left alone the rejection of our son and experienced lawmaker like Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon, whose defection alongside Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio and other prominent leaders has strengthened and repositioned our party for electoral victory,

We debunk the attempt by these political actors and hereby re-affirm that there is no such thing as zoning or rotation in APC, a positioned reiterated recently by our State Caucus Chairman, Atuekong Don Etiebiet. We also condemn in strongest terms, what we consider a grand plot to humiliate eminent political leaders through a deliberate concoction of unwarranted propaganda and by large, the undue intimidation, threat and harassment meted-out to party stalwarts and supporters of certain aspirants in the build-up to the forthcoming party primaries,

We have also noticed serial efforts by a few desperate politicians to arrogate undeserving powers in pursuit of their petty political narrative and to promote parochial interest, demonstrating utter disregard for our party and disallow some aspirants from consulting party leaders particularly, as it regards the re-election bid of lawmakers, which does not breach any known democratic norm enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,

We believe that the 2019 contest would be won on the basis of a superior program of action; upon parade of superior will, competence, knowledge, exposure and experience; in good conscience driven by godly principles and upon the endorsement and support of the people. It will neither be won through intimidation, shortcuts nor reliance on few self-seeking personalities,

We wish to insist that natural justice, equity, fair play and democratic norms must take their natural course as we step closer to the APC primaries and subsequently, the elections thereof. We equally demand a level playing field for all APC aspirants in all positions to test their popularity at the ballots,

We condemn strongly, the clandestine zoning, indiscriminate rotation and indirect “anointments” of certain aspirants in the party without due processes and without any regard to laid down procedures and respect for party leadership and discipline,

We are fully aware that the desperations are just emerging and as events unfold, these characters will clearly adopt further mischief to advance this nefarious project. It is on this basis that we condemn this very unpatriotic, selfishly patronizing posture of the declarants. No amount of white wash or media propaganda of a few protagonists can change the resolve of the masses and mainstream politicians whose interests is that of the larger society from sending these characters where they belong; the dungeon of history.

Present at the meeting were LGA Party Chairman, Mr. Mfon Ukpe, Prince Uwemedimo Essien, Obong Ofonime George, Prince Akaninyene Kennedy, Hon. Augustine Edem, Hon. Godwin Mense Umonyem, Bernice Umoh, Saviour Emmanuel Ibanga; LGA Chapter Women Leader, Mrs Glory Effiong Umanah, all Ward Leaders and stakeholders of Abak APC Chapter.

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Be ready for defeat, stop crying wolf, Akpabio replies A’Ibom PDP Elders

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Former Senate Minority Leader and Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, Senator Godswill Akpabio has asked Akwa Ibom PDP Elders and Stakeholders to be ready for defeat and stop crying wolf.

In a press statement made available to Akwa Ibom INFO by his Special Assistant on Media, Anietie Ekong, the Senator berated so-called Elders for calling a press conference to spew lies and falsehood and make a crude attempt to blackmail President Muhammadu Buhari, all in the name of politics.

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The attention of the former Senate Minority Leader and Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, Senator Godswill Akpabio has been drawn to some spurious, baseless and unfounded statements credited to some self-acclaimed Akwa Ibom Elders and Stakeholders on the forth-coming election.

It beats our imagination that the so-called Elders could call a press conference to spew lies and falsehood and make a crude attempt to blackmail President Muhammadu Buhari, all in the name of politics. But it follows a familiar pattern of crying wolf since the defection of Senator Akpabio to the All Progressives Congress (APC.)

It is most nonsensical and idiotic for anyone to claim that Senator Akpabio held a meeting with unnamed security agencies in the state and informed them that Mr President has given permission for him to “kill and maim all opponents and that nothing will happen to any officer who carries out the instruction.”

For the records, Senator Akpabio never held any such meeting with anyone as alleged. On what basis would he hold such a meeting when he is neither a Governor nor the head of any security agency? In any case Nigerians know that security agencies have chains of command and can therefore not take orders from private persons.

President Buhari is a responsible leader who is committed to the well being of all Nigerians and could not have given any instructions on innocent Nigerians to be maimed and killed. It is most irresponsible politics to drag in the name of the President. This false accusation against the President is most disgusting and repugnant to good conscience and national interest.

It is obvious that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is playing the victim complex because of the impending defeat that awaits them in the forth-coming elections in Akwa Ibom State. Their strategy of crying wolf is a pretext to blackmail security agencies, distract them and procure leverage to bring thugs to operate during the elections.

It is instructive that during the botched Presidential and National Assembly elections, security agencies apprehended over 400 armed thugs, who confessed when they were paraded at the State Police Headquarters that they were hired by PDP chieftains to snatch ballot boxes and intimidate voters.

Our suspicion is that this latest antics by the PDP Elders may be another attempt to cow, blackmail and distract security agents as we have reliably gathered that they have planned to bring in more thugs during elections. They are particularly angry that Mr President has directed security agencies to deal ruthlessly with thugs and ballot box snatchers so they seek to divert public attention and that of vigilant security agents while preparing grounds for the execution of their nefarious plot.

Having campaigned vigorously in every nook and cranny of Akwa Ibom State and with the enthusiasm shown by Akwa Ibom people, Senator Akpabio is very confident of victory for his party. The APC as a party in Akwa Ibom State is ready for free, fair and peaceful elections despite the boasts of these same PDP Elders that they have enough money to compromise every state institution. Those who have chosen to remain professional in their line of duties or refused to be pocketed by them risk being blackmailed by them as they have done.

Senator Akpabio calls on all members and supporters of the APC to remain vigilant and conduct themselves peacefully and go out to exercise their civic duty without fear of intimidation as the President has deployed enough security for their protection before, during and after the elections. The wailing of these self-acclaimed Elders cannot stop their impending defeat at the polls.

Anietie Ekong
Special Assistant (Media) to Senator Godswill Akpabio

February 21, 2019

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PDP plotting electoral violence in Abak, Etim Ekpo, Ika Federal Constituency – APC Leaders

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•Say Emmanuel Enoidem is a blackmailer

•He’s PDP National Illegal Adviser -Ekpoudom

Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abak -Etim Ekpo -Ika Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State have raised alarm over an alleged plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to perpetrate violence during the rescheduled general elections in the area.

Addressing a press conference in Abak, Wednesday, the APC leaders said an earlier press conference held in Abak at the instance of Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem, PDP’s National Legal Adviser, “was just a diversionary tactic intended to cover up a well-perfected plot to destabilize the conduct of a peaceful elections in the Federal Constituency.”

The APC press statement read by Hon. Innocent Idiong, former Chairman, Abak Local Government Council, described as misleading and disheartening, PDP’s allegation of planned assassination of some of its members as well as claims that APC members and candidates are stockpiling arms and ammunitions ahead of the elections.

“We are upset that after importing thugs to come and unleash mayhem on the good people of Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency and having failed in that mission, PDP is now turning around to point accusing fingers at our leaders”, they declared.

The APC stakeholders alleged that on the eve of last Saturday’s postponed elections, thugs were brought in by PDP and camped in different locations in the federal constituency.

“In Abak, we can without mincing words mention the following persons without apology and the roles each and every one of them played to actualize this evil machination.
They include, Mr. Ben Ebong, who was in charge of arranging for arms and ammunition which he conveniently distributed to different places on the eve of election, the Secretary of Abak Council, Mr. Ubong Udofia, Mr. Ekerette Inyang, Ekerette Benson, Nnamso Inyang and Iboro Sunday Brown. We also have it on good authority that Ubong Atai Ekpo, Nsemeke Isaiah and Udo George Ekara received ammunitions.

“While we were busy carrying out door to door consultations, the PDP leaders were preparing thugs and harbouring them in places like Enechris Entertainment Center and Lily Homes. The likes of Umoh Ata Umoh, Unwana Ibokette, Boniface Etuk, Papa Inyang, Hon. Friday Iwok, Paul Usanga used their homes to accommodate the thugs.

“Similar exercise was also repeated in Ika and Etim Ekpo Local Government Areas and we challenge them to deny the roles played by the following people: Hon. Uduot Jack, Hon. Udeme Eduo, Hon. Akan Eyo, Barister Utibe Nwoko, Barrister Uwemedimo Nwoko, Hon. Saviour Enyiekere, Hon. Mfon Idung”, the press statement stated.

While calling on Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem to desist from blackmailing APC, the party leaders claimed that he and his accomplices have resorted to “blackmail of innocent people to justify the huge amount of money they have extorted from Governor Udom Emmanuel.”

“Having failed to corrupt police investigations into the killings in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area in concert with the state government, Barrister Enoidem is now resorting to every means available to destroy our leaders. There is a pending case of assassination attempt of Hon. Imo Ibokette by Ukpom Traditional Rulers Council against Barrister Enoidem and another one from Utit Annang Traditional Rulers. He is yet to come clean on those cases and many others.

“Two weeks ago, the convoy of the Honourable Member Representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency was attacked at the venue of a meeting initiated for peace to return to Ikpe Annang village in Etim Ekpo.

“Midway into the meeting, which had the Village Heads of Iwukem and Ikpe Annang together with a former House of Assembly member, Hon. Akanimo Edet, an indigene of Ikpe Annang in attendance, known hit men of Barrister Enoidem invaded the venue and threatened to ‘waste’ him and eminent personalities if they refuse to leave the place immediately. They managed to escape when they started to attack them”, part of the press statement reads.

The party leaders called on their members to remain law abiding and committed to electing all candidates of the APC in the forthcoming elections.

In a brief remark, DIG Udom Ekpoudom Rtd., said the APC remains unfazed by the antics of the PDP and Barr. Enoidem, adding that security agents will curb any security threat during the elections.
He labelled Enoidem as ‘PDP’s National Illegal Adviser’, saying his ‘illegal advices to the PDP and criminal records are everywhere.’

APC leaders in the federal constituency that attended the media briefing include: Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon, Hon. Uwem Udoma, Rt. Hon. Akanimo Edet, Hon. Gabriel Toby,
DIG Udom Ekpoudom (Rtd.), Barr. Chris Okorie, Hon. Richard Ebong, Hon. Jack Mboho and Hon. Innocent Idiong.

Others are: Hon. Emmanuel Udosen, Barr. Victor Nkanang, Mrs. Victoria Mel, Lady Nene Umanah, Hon. Koko Abia, Mr. Itemuwem Eyo and Hon. Joseph Ikpaisong.

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A’Ibom SSG, Emmanuel Ekuwem Colluding with INEC to Buy Votes in Mbo

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News reports reaching Akwa Ibom INFO indicates that Secretary the Akwa Ibom Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem is currently involved in vote buying scandal in Mbo Local Government.

According to sources who wouldn’t want their identity to be revealed because of the sensitivity of the matter, Ekuwem is paying N20,000 for each PVC.

Although Akwa Ibom INFO could not independently verify, the sources added that Ekuwem may have also colluded with the technical department of INEC to obtain card readers which is reportedly lodged at the residence of a known PDP stalwart within the area.

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Buhari returns to South East as Next Level train arrives Abia, Imo

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday departed Abuja for Abia and Imo to deliver the All Progressives Congress (APC) Next Level message to the people of the states.

Buhari and members of the Presidential Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had on Jan. 24 visited Anambra and Enugu states in continuation of the nationwide re-election campaign.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the presidential jet conveying the president and members of his entourage took off for Owerri airport, Imo state, from the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 9.20a.m.

NAN reports that the APC campaign train is expected to move to commercial city of Aba, Abia, where President Buhari and other APC chieftains would address rally before returning to Owerri, Imo state, for similar function.

The National Working Committee of the APC had on Monday announced the removal of Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, as the state coordinator of the party’s campaign council.

Okorocha, who is an APC senatorial candidate in the Feb. 16 elections, had vowed to work for his son-in-law, the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, against the APC candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

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