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2019: Akwa Ibom student group endorses Buhari, Ekere

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The National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students (NAAKISS) has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 election.

The group made known its endorsement of Mr Buhari during an event on Saturday in Uyo to mark the International Students’ Day.

The group, which praised Mr Buhari for his administration’s anti-corruption fight and the “reformation agenda”, also endorsed Nsima Ekere, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom.

The president of NAAKISS at the Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osura, Chapter, Daramfon Odiong, moved a motion for the endorsement of Mr Buhari as “our candidate”, while the president of the University of Uyo (Uniuyo) chapter of the association, Ime Hanson, moved a motion for the endorsement of Mr Ekere.

NAAKISS has been having a running battle with the state government over the non-payment of bursary to students of Akwa Ibom origin studying in tertiary institutions across the country.

The student body in November last year organised a peaceful protest in Uyo against the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, for allegedly “refusing to show interest in their welfare.”

During the last Saturday event, Mr Odiong said Mr Emmanuel’s administration has made “little or no impact” on education, despite the “huge” money the state government receives monthly from the federation account.

He said apart from the bursary, the students from the state were no longer getting scholarships and grants from the state government.

“We the entire students of Akwa Ibom State origin choose to use this medium to ask these questions: How much is bursary? How much is Christmas carol (which is organised annually by the state government)?
“How much is the cost of political rallies?

“We have been ignored but our voices must be heard,” said Mr Odiong, as the large crowd of students who gathered at the private event centre in the city for the ceremony cheered on – clapping and shouting.

President Buhari’s aide, Ita Enang, and Mr Ekere’s running mate, Amadu Atai, were among the dignitaries present at the event.

After the event, the president of NAAKISS, Uniuyo chapter, Mr Hanson, told PREMIUM TIMES the last time students in the state received bursary, grants, and scholarships from the state government was in 2014 when Godswill Akpabio was governor.

“Since Governor Udom Emmanuel came into office, law students and medical students have not received the grants they used to get from the state government,” he said.
The student leader said they have confidence in Mr Ekere’s ability to take care of students’ welfare if he is elected governor in the forthcoming election.

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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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Uncovered: PDP Nat’l Legal Adviser, Enoidem Funding Etim Ekpo Militants

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Fresh details have emerged over the complicity of PDP National Legal Adviser, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem and Governor Udom Emmanuel over the killings that rocked Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun LGAs for over three years and the recent secret regrouping of the boys for political purposes.

Security sources investigating the circumstances surrounding the modus operandi and funding revealed how Enoidem procured arms for the militants in the build-up to the 2015 elections and patronised the boys including ‘Iso Akpafid’ and ‘Overcomer’.

“We’ve been quite curious about how they get funds looking at the sophisticated weapons used. Investigations has been quite shocking, unfortunately the Governor is helping the sponsors to evade Justice because of his re-election bid”.

Queried if Enoidem has any link with militants, the source who preferred to speak on anonymity confirmed to Akwa Ibom INFO that “he (Enoidem) has a lot of questions to answer”. “You recently saw him at the thanksgiving service of ‘Overcomer’ and the recent four operational vehicles donated the boys under the guise of empowerment.

One of the repentant militants who confided in our reporter confirmed that the N300million released by Governor Udom Emmanuel to Enoidem for the botched amnesty exercise was a mere cover-up. “The money is meant to service the boys because of the forthcoming elections”, he added.

Recall that this newspaper had disclosed a security report alleging that Enoidem regrouping repentant killers and recruiting boys from neighbouring states to come to Akwa Ibom.

“Apart from the militants that have been granted amnesty, information at our disposal shows that he has gone to Ogoni to recruit external militants for the forthcoming polls as well as acquiring weapons to match”.

Our reporter reliably learnt that there is palpable tension over Enoidem’s desperation and plot with killers, fearing that it could lead to a resurgence of killings within communities that are now enjoying relative peace.

In a related development, stakeholders of Etim Ekpo have called on security agencies and relevant bodies to as a matter of urgency act on these findings and take all necessary and legitimate action to stop these illegalities which they claimed poses a direct and ominous threat to peace and stability of the area.

Efforts to reach Enoidem for comments were not successful prior to the publication of this story.

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Akpabio Campaign Media Committee Fires Back at Udoma Ekarika, describes Outburst as Infantile

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The Media Committee of the Senator Godswill Akpabio Campaign Organisation has reacted to the verbal outburst of Dr. Udoma Ekarika during an interview on Comfort FM.

In a statement obtained by Akwa Ibom INFO, the media committee described Udoma’s vituperations as “moral condescension, infantile behavior and pettiness of some persons who posture as leaders in our society”.

Read Full Press Statement below:

PRESS STATEMENT

DR. UDOMA EKARIKA’S INFANTILE AND PROVOCATIVE ONSLAUGHT AGAINST DISTINGUISHED SENATOR GODSWILL OBOT AKPABIO, CON

The Godswill Akpabio Campaign Organization is concerned about the moral condescension, infantile behavior and pettiness of some persons who posture as leaders in our society.

The latest of such moral aberration among others is their lending of selves as hirelings to government sponsored programmes on the electronic media to mount orchestrated vituperations against perceived enemies of government, the PDP and Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Because of the filthy lucre that accrues to this reprehensible undertaking, these morally decrepit characters throw caution to the wind in the wanton bid to impress their paymaster being Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Governor Emmanuel’s latest infamous generosity has also given fillip to the destruction of the moral fabric of our once revered Elders and Leaders as they today fall over one another to be chosen to play the despicable role of government LIAR.

This was the obvious scenario in the case of Dr. Udoma Bob Ekarika, who once served in two respective Ministries in the State as Commissioner and proceeded therefrom to aspire to the exalted office of the executive governor of the State where he was roundly rejected by the people in preference to His Excellency, Senator Godswill Akpabio, during the primaries.

Dr. Udoma Ekarika was on a government sponsored radio programme, “Dakkada Akwa Ibom”, for his lucre but decided to use the platform to hurl unwarranted attacks on Senator Akpabio.

It is sad and most unfortunate that after his defeat by Senator Godswill Akpabio in the primaries of December 14, 2006, Ekarika, an Elder of a church still carries his hate for Akpabio as a trophy of pride and shamelessly advertises this moral weakness in a medium like radio.

It is also sad to note that the axiom that it is God that gives power to whoever He pleases does not cut any ice with him, even as an Elder of the church and has prevented him from acknowledging that Akpabio’s ascension as Governor was an Act of God, not man, otherwise the advantage of his relationship with the then sitting Governor as his Father in-law, was sufficient to grant him the throne. But God’s ways are not man’s ways.

It is the considered belief of Godswill Akpabio Campaign Organization that if Udoma Ekarika were a faithful Christian, he would have appreciated God in this context, swallowed the bitter pill of defeat and proceed to live with his brother, Senator Akpabio in peace. That way, he would have freed himself from harbouring the laughable assumption that he can beat Godswill Akpabio any day in an election.

Aristotle once noted that “high-minded men do not bear grudges”. This instructive message does not apply to Dr. Udoma Ekarika, who still smarting from the defeat at the 2006 primaries obviously harbours deep-seated- hatred,animosity and resentment towards the Distinguished Senator and latches unto any opportunity to vent his anger and behaving like a petulant child that lost a wrestling bout in the village square.

It is this inherent weakness that has not allowed him to see anything good in Godswill Akpabio and the administration he presided over which recorded unprecedented strides that placed the State on National and Global orbit until recently nor make him realize that our Principal is way above his league.

The Godswill Akpabio Campaign Organization takes exception to Dr Udoma’s unwarranted vituperations, calumniation and senseless characterization of Senator Akpabio as evil on radio and wishes to warn that any such indiscretion against the Distinguished Senator shall not be taken lightly. What is more evil than constantly beating a spouse to stupor at the least or no provocation; an infamous ‘hobby’ of Dr. Udoma Ekarika?

The Campaign Organization wishes to inform supporters of His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel that since Senator Godswill Akpabio is not on the governorship ballot but only supporting a candidate as his inalienable right, he should not be the butt of their attacks as such would not enhance the already dwindling electoral fortunes of their Principal.

We wish to state that the lining up of cheap hirelings like John Asikpo, Anny Asikpo, Enefiok Ekefre, Sampson Akpan and Dr. Udoma Ekarika on various government sponsored radio programmes to daily cast aspersions and impugn the character of Senator Akpabio would remain a counter-productive venture as the personality in question had long acquitted himself creditably before Akwa Ibom and the Nigerian people.

Furthermore, we wish to note that the fly by night Elders and Leaders who make themselves available for hire for the kind of despicable role the aforementioned are playing would only succeed in bringing odium upon themselves like the ones above and history would record them as the real enemies of the people.

We wish to urge that the ongoing campaigns be made issue based and those who wish to lend themselves to hire should dwell on selling the governor’s achievements rather than engage in the hurling of barbaric invectives on distinguished personalities

We call on all and sundry to know that election is a contest that must produce a winner and a loser with Akwa Ibom remaining our collective heritage. Let the upcoming election not break our bond of brotherhood. We appeal to everyone to ensure peaceful campaigns and conduct during the elections while upholding the conviction that a better and peaceful Akwa Ibom is what we all deserve.

Signed:
MEDIA/PUBLICITY COMMITTEE
GODSWILL AKPABIO CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION

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Defection: Over 1,000 Enoidem supporters dump PDP for APC in Etim Ekpo

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Over 1,000 supporters of former commissioner and PDP National Legal Adviser, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem in the People’s Democratic Party, Etim Ekpo Ward 1, have dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress, APC at a rally held at the ward centre.

Former Etim Ekpo Transition Committee Chairman and renowned women leader, Obongawan Obonodo Uko accused PDP leaders in the area of making efforts to stop them from defecting to APC, said the decampees decided to dump the PDP because the party under Udom Emmanuel has failed to provide purposeful governance to the people of the state.

Reacting to the recent insults hurled at Senator Godswill Akpabio and his wife by Emmanuel Enoidem, she added: “Today is not a day for much talk, I am here to plead with Etim Ekpo elders to forgive Emmanuel Enoidem for insulting Mrs Unoama Akpabio. It was Unoama who convinced Senator Godswill Akpabio to upgrade and buy a car for Enoidem to replace the old 504 given to him by Inibehe Okori. Enoidem spoke with the influence of tramadol and cocaine”.

She welcomed the APC flagbearer and Member Representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon and other leaders of the party to the area and reiterated that Ward 1 will be the first ward in Etim Ekpo that will return APC.

Receiving the former PDP members, Etim Ekpo APC Chapter Chairman, Pastor Edidiong Idio stated that the people of Ward 1 have nothing to show adding that the Etim Ekpo has suffered under the leadership of Emmanuel Enoidem. “During the administration of Senator Godswill Akpabio, Enoidem pocketted monies meant for compensation of owners of structures along Afaha Obong-Etim Ekpo Road. Today marks the end of one man politics and political usurping in Etim Ekpo”.

Member Representing Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Gabriel Toby commended the former decampees for their courage to dump the PDP and assured of a level playing field for all members and noted that their defection to APC marks APC’s victory in the 2019 general elections.

Also speaking, APC flagbearer for Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency, Barr. Chris Okorie described their defection as the “final crack down” of PDP in Ward 1, promising that “we will show the world that we own Etim Ekpo” in the coming elections.

Responding, Ekon expressed confidence that the wind of change had reached Etim Ekpo Ward 1 will end the reign of Keke Napep politics and vowed that APC will sweep Etim Ekpo in the coming elections.

“I did not come for campaign, I came to receive defectors but let me put it on record that Governor Udom Emmanuel should stop believing that Emmanuel Enoidem will deliver Etim Ekpo for him in the forthcoming elections. Even if the Governor gives Enoidem N1Billion, Udom will loose in Etim Ekpo.”

He vowed that Etim Ekpo will be rescued from those he described as ‘selfish godfathers and council of elders’ in 2019 and urged the people to support APC stressing that the party is set for a total transformation of the state from bad governance by the PDP.

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