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2019: AKHA Speaker, Onofiok Luke Flags off Campaign

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Ukpong Ukpong | Uyo

Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Speaker and PDP flagbearer for Etinan Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke, on Sunday officially flag off his campaign in a church service held at Qua Iboe Church, Etinan Town with a pledge to run a people-centric representation.

Luke, accompanied by a spectrum of political heavy weights spanning the Federal Constituency, state and the country, including the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko, who represented the governor, and members of the state executive council, the Chairman Conference of State House of Assembly Speakers and Cross River State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. John Labo and his Abia State Counterpart, Rt. Hon. Chikwendu Kanu, the director general of the campaign organization, Rt. Hon. Anietie Etuk and members of the enlarged group.

The two term legislator took time to highlight his manifesto, pointing out that his aspiration is not borne out of the need to further a personal political agenda, but to manifest a God given agenda which entails security and economic development of Etinan Federal Constituency, galvanizing socioeconomic development of Akwa Ibom state and Nigeria as well as strengthen of legislative institution at all levels.

“In the performance of one of the functions of a legislator, which is representation, I’ll bring the dividends of democracy from the centre back to our men, women, youth, less privileged, physically challenged, religious and traditional institutions.

“I’ll defend the interest of the state, partnering with the continuing governor, Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, from 2019 to 2023, to ensure that peace, security and prosperity enjoyed today because of his peaceful disposition is sustained”.

He also promised to advocate strongly the restructuring of Nigeria and devolution of power from the centre to the federating units where the bulk of responsibilities for the people are situated, noting that where there is sharing of constitutional responsibility between federal and state governments such as in the power sector, great results are achieved as seen in Ibom Power Plant, purchased and installation of brand new power sub stations, which he said has provided the people enhanced power supply.

“Imagine delisting such items from the exclusive legislative list and adding them to concurrent list and creating residual list for the federating units, you’ll see speedy development of the country and the states”.

Speaking further, he pledged to work towards actualizing state police to improve security and policing of the people, ensuring that unemployment is tackled squarely and the delisting of major investments from the exclusive list to enable states invest in them, saying if the state assembly had legislative competence over key sectors of economy, the state executive could have invested in construction of railway to improve transportation in the state.

On his level of preparedness to work for improvement of the lives of Nigerians, the Speaker drew attention to critical issues bothering the country’s telecommunications and media industries, informing the gathering that through research he was already armed with two bills that will impact positively on these key economic sectors, returning power to the people.

“No subscriber should have unwarranted text messages or calls. No telecommunications company should be able to advertise on your phone without your consent. I’m going to advocate the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, so that you are protected.

“With the convergence of media all over the globe, we need a single regulator for broadcasting and telecommunications therefore I will advocate the review of Nigeria Broadcasting Commission Act and Nigeria Communication Commission Act to produce a single regulator that will deliver dividends of democracy to subscribers”.

Luke reassured the people that he is going to the Green Chamber with a history of performance and credibility, adding “I have not used the Office of Member Nsit Ubium State Constituency to build a private empire, the empire I have built over the past seven and half years are the people across the nooks and crannies of Nsit Ubium State Constituency.

“I will continue the same record in Etinan Federal Constituency because I like being known for consistency.”

In his message, Governor Udom Emmanuel who was represented by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Nwoko, commended the Speaker for beginning his campaign with God.

The Governor urged him to ensure a hitch-free campaign that will be issue-based, adding that no matter what others may do, God will always be there to guide the Speaker.

Also speaking, Senator representing Uyo Senatorial District at the red chamber, Obong Bassey Albert, expressed happiness on Barr. Onofiok whom he described as a man of integrity.

The Senator harped on the need to support Governor Udom Emmanuel’s second term, adding that when Uyo and Ikot Ekpene Senatorial Districts took their turn of Governorship slot, there was no interruption, as such, Governor Emmanuel must be supported to return to the Hilltop mansion.

In his goodwill message, the state PDP Chairman whose birthday coincided with the occasion, thanked Barr. Luke for acknowledging God first before setting out for campaign. He noted that, PDP will win at all levels in the forth coming general elections.

Meanwhile, the highpoint of the event was the dedication of Barr. Onofiok Luke’s campaign materials and prayer by clerics for the campaign team.

Present at the flag off were the former governor, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga, the State PDP Publicity Secretary, Barr. Ini Emeobong and spouse, Chi; members of the State House of Assembly led by the House Leader, Rt. Hon. Udo Keirian Akpan as well as members of Legislators Wives Association, LEWA, led by the Speaker’s wife, Dr. Uduak Onofiok Luke.

Also in attendance were clerics, notably Bishop Emma Isong, Apostle John Ekoriko and Pastor Umoh Eno and others who graced the occasion.

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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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Ofonime Honesty | Uyo

•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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