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Abak re-affirm unflinching support for Emmanuel Ekon

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In an extraordinary meeting held yesterday in Abak, supporters of Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon across the eleven wards of Abak reaffirmed their support for the member representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika federal constituency in the green chamber of the National Assembly Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon.

The supporters under the aegis of Emmanuel Ekon support group international said that morally justified in supporting him. In their statement, “there is no way we will not have thrown our support behind a man who has performed exceedingly well in that discharge of the core mandate given to him by the people of the constituency”.

International Coordinator, Mr. Emmanuel Ibok

Speaking at the meeting, the international coordinator of the organization Mr. Emmanuel Ibok who presided over the meeting informed members that the lawmaker is a man with a large heart, a man that has his constituents at heart. According to the coordinator, “the determination and zeal to change the stories of young people in particular in the constituency is triggered by his sincere love for his people” In his speech, he took the members through Memory Lane from 1999. The atmosphere of the meeting was highly charged with ovation as the coordinator comprehensively and meticulously enumerated the achievements of the lawmaker in six years. He challenged that if anyone from 1999-2011 has achieved half of what Rt Hon Emmanuel Ekon has achieved should come out with his score card.

He further stressed that supporters of Rt Hon Emmanuel Ekon should not involve themselves in politics of blackmail and character assassination that has taken over the center stage of politics these days.

While calling on every member to be actively involve in the political happening in their different wards, he encouraged that the only way their impact will be felt in 2019 is for all the members to become mobilizers of voters. He admonished that even if the organization has one million membership strength, and that it would be of no effect without voter’s card. He therefore asked all members to obtain their voter’s card and to mobilize people in their respective communities to go out and register.

After a lengthy deliberation, the organization passed a vote of confidence on Rt Hon Emmanuel Ekon on his effective and efficient representation in the National Assembly. They also thrown their support behind the re-election of His Excellency Deacon Udom Emmanuel as the governor of Akwa Ibom State comes 2019.

A vote of confidence was also passed on the Senate minority leader, Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio. The acknowledged his leadership roles as the leader of the People Democratic Party in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The organization lauded the performance of the Senate minority leader as seen during the just concluded commissioning of over 70 constituency projects across the senatorial district. They reiterated that their support for the re-election of the senator in 2019 is intact.

The organization observed a minute silence in honour of their departed patron late Mr. Charles Ekon who was led to rest on the 15th February, 2019  at his home town Iwuken Etim Ekpo local government area.

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APC is sick

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Melaye stated this while speaking on Channels TV programme on Friday.

The lawmaker, who is a member of the APC, said the party is “suffering from what I call a dreadful continental abnormality.”

This comes after one week, when he hinted that he might defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Melaye said he does not have a problem with the party, “but my party may have a problem with Nigerians, because of the way it is presently being run.

“I will not run away from the fact that the APC is sick. And it’s not only sick but is equally suffering from what I call a dreadful continental abnormality.

There is a need for amelioration. There is no doubt the APC is sick.”

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Ukanafun Crisis: Unyime Idem in fresh scandal over release of wanted Kingpin

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As indigenes of Ukanafun Local Government Area crave for an end to the regime of enduring insecurity in the area, youths of the area have risen in protest against the CEO of Idems Ultimate Group, Mr Unyime Idem, who is alleged to have been involved in the release of a detained crime suspect Mr. Aniedi Okon Udosen (AKA Spirro), decrying that patronage from some stakeholders to criminal elements was aggravating the already deplorable security situation in the area.

Restating their resolve to rid the area of untoward characters, the youths gave a 14 day ultimatum for the re-arrest of the said Aniedi Okon Udosen, a.k.a Spirro, from Ikot Akpa Nkuk, who until recently was in detention for his alleged role in the Urua Akpan Eshiet carnage and other criminal acts that have negatively affected the area’s economic fortunes and mutual coexistence.

The angry youths, who converged in Ikot Akpan Nkuk, the Local Government Headquarters, according to our source, voiced their displeasure against the role of Unyime Idem, a businessman and aspirant to the Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency, whom they noted is alleged to have facilitated Spirro’s release from detention without reasonable explanation. Here the good people of Ukanafun have began to question the credibility of the aspirant.

Expressing their dissatisfaction with Unyime Idem’s alleged role in the said release of the crime kingpin, the youths decried that so much has been lost to the reign of terror and thus has beclouded the area and turned it into a relic of somnolence and despondency. They urged the well meaning citizens of Ukanafun to challenge the monster of insecurity headlong, rather than act in pretence or patronage.

Querying why Idem, a renowned telecommunications entrepreneur would identify with a character like Spirro, an ally of the slain kidnap kingpin, Akaninyene Jumbo (Iso Akpafid) whose nefarious activities have led to the series of violent crimes that have seen to the killings of innocent indigenes of the area, the youths frowned at his insensitivity to Ukanafun’s growing security challenges.

Referring to his National Assembly aspiration as self-serving, the people recounted how the business mogul relocated his family from Ukanafun, abandoning them to their fate while criminal activities in the area assumed heightened levels, only to return to facilitate a suspect’s release, to boost his political fortunes.

Trouble, according to our findings started when Aniedi Udosen (Spirro) upon his return from detention, went round threatening those suspected to have volunteered information that led to his arrest, boasting to be enjoying Unyime Idem’s protection and support, after which he proceeded to a church known as Glorious Parish Liberty Ministry at Park lane, for a thanksgiving service, on Sunday.

Mr. Udosen, alleged to be the leader of a recently banned cult organization in the state, known as the Iceland group, may have assured the National Assembly hopeful the support and protection by his group, during the upcoming election. This lends credence to the suspicion that some politicians were benefiting from the unrest.

Corroborating the position of youths of the area, members of the Ukanafun chapter of Akwa Ibom Professional Commercial motorcyclists Association (APCOMA) who recently mobilized support for Unyime Idem’s National Assembly aspiration, also protested against the release of Spirro, whom they noted has made life unbearable for them.

Led by the chapter Chairman of APCOMA in the area, Mr. Edidiong Friday Iwuo, the group announced their withdrawal of an earlier support to Idem, burning some of his campaign materials including banners, stickers and t-shirts, while promising to mobilize their members to support any aspirant that will have the people’s welfare at heart.

Announcing that the decision to withdraw their support from Idem was in solidarity with colleagues who have lost their lives and means of livelihood to the reign of insecurity, members of APCOMA decried the business mogul’s involvement in Spirro’s release, describing his disposition to such patronage as taking sides with people who have wrought havoc in the area.

They called on the security agencies not to relent in their bid to rid Ukanafun and its environs of criminal elements, regardless of statuses of those found culpable, declaring their resolve to mobilize indigenes of the area against perpetrators of various crimes, so as to enhance the return of peace to the troubled area.

Summarily, as residents perceive a more virulent security lapse lurking with the release of Mr. Udosen, the entire members of APCOMA and the youths of Ukanafun, in one accord, have pledged their lives to the hands of Mr. Idem, whom they swear will hold responsible in case of subsequent security misdemeanour in the area!

Efforts by Akwa Ibom INFO to get reaction from Mr. Idem were unsuccessful as at the time of filling this report.

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APC fixes new date for Ekiti Governorship primaries

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced new date for Ekiti State governorship primaries.

The spokesman of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi, told newsmen on Tuesday that the primary election will hold on Friday May 11th, 2018.

Abdullahi, said the primary will still be conducted by the Governor Tanko Al- Makura led Committee, the only exception being the substitution of secretary of the committee.

AKWA IBOM INFO recalls that the primary election, which held on Saturday was suspended indefinitely over violence that erupted on alleged fraud being perpetrated by a particular aspirant.

They smashed ballot boxes and prevented delegates from voting.

Only delegates from four local government areas had concluded their voting. It was the turn of the fifth council when the violence erupted.

Trouble started at about 5.30pm when some agents raised observations about how the process was being allegedly compromised, accusing men of the Department of State Services (DSS) of dictating to delegates who they should vote for.

Police and other security agencies shot sporadically into the air when the situation was escalating into a full blown violence among the camps.

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Fayose’s deputy, Eleka wins Ekiti PDP Governorship primary poll

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Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka has emerged the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election.

Newsmen report that a total of 1,968 delegates were accredited and voted at the primary poll. Out of the total of number of votes, as announced by leader of PDP electoral committee, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Eleka scored 1,190 to defeat the only challenger in the race, a former Minister of Works, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, who scored 771 votes.

Seven of the votes were declared invalid by the electoral committee. Newsmen report that Mr Dayo Adeyeye, who left the venue at about 8p.m, accepted the outcome of the primary election, which he agreed was conducted under free and fair atmosphere.

In his acceptance speech, Eleka thanked the delegates for counting him worthy. He expressed gratitude to Mr Dayo Adeyeye for exhibiting high volume of dexterity and courage throughout the period the pre-primary election. The deputy governor, who praised Gov. Ayo Fayose for standing by him, vowed to defeat the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming July 14 governorship election in the state.

Also reacting, Gov. Fayose promised to embark on meaningful reconciliation by reaching out to aggrieved party leaders, especially the duo of Dayo Adeyeye and Mrs Abiodun Olujimi, so that the PDP in the state can be a united house once again.

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