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APC WARD CONGRESSES: State Chairman, Sunny Jackson Hails Process

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Commendations have trailed the conduct of Saturday’s Ward Congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State.

The latest encomiums are from chieftains of the party including the State Chairman, Dr. Amadu Attai; former Deputy Speaker of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, Hon. Uwem Udoma; National Commissioner, National Population Commission (NPC) and political leader of Oro, Engr. Benedict Ukpong; and Political leader of Etinan, Otuekong Sunny Jackson.

State Chairman, Dr. Amadu Attai said the successful conduct of the exercise and peace deal struck between principal officers of the party indicates that the APC would win in Akwa Ibom State.

Dr. Attai who stated this in a chat with Midweek Concord in Uyo, commended the peaceful and orderly conduct of the congress and implored members to continue exemplifying positive virtues in their deeds for the sake of the party.

“The ward congresses have proved that APC is ready to capture Akwa Ibom State. I have to commend the principal officers of the party for deciding to come together for the interest of the party. I must also commend our members in the state for conducting themselves lawfully, this bodes well for our party”, Attai noted.

He implored members to seize the advantage of the ongoing voter registration and get their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) which, according to him, would enable them participate actively in the 2019 general elections.

On his part, the National Commissioner of the National Population Commission (NPC), Engr. Benedict Ukpong appreciated party members for coming out in enmasse for the exercise, saying those who had predicted that the congresses would be characterized by violence have been shamed.

“The large turnout of members and the peaceful conduct of the ward congresses are signals to the PDP that we are ready to salvage the state from the brink of collapse,” Ukpong said.

Also speaking, the political leader of Etinan, Chief Sunny Jackson, told Midweek Concord that the fact that members of the party have resolved to work together to build a stronger party in the state, democracy has deepened its tentacles in the state.

“The reconciliation of members of the party is a victory for democracy. We are ready to make giant strides in 2019 and beyond. It behooves on us to sustain the peace entrenched in the party. This is democracy in action”, he explained.

Former Deputy Speaker of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, Hon. Uwem Udoma described the ward congresses as successful, noting that the success was an indication that the APC has matured in Akwa Ibom State.

He commended the national leadership of the party for supporting the party in the state, and particularly thanked the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, for brokering the peace deal.

Udoma called on the people of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District and the entire Akwa Ibom State to pitch tent with the APC.

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Call Ini EmemObong to order, Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District Youths Tell A”Ibom Elders

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The youths of Ikot of under the aegis of The Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District Youths Coalition (IKSDYC) today urge Akwa Ibom State Elders to call State Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ini EmemObong to order over what they term as tantrums and verbal invectives against Senator Godswill Akpabio.

In a communique released to Akwa Ibom INFO after its congress meeting held at the Godswill Akpabio Skills Acquisition Centre, Ikot Ekpene, the youths condemned and warned that in the eventuality that they fail to take heed, they will have no other option than to commence a grand campaign of calumny against their sponsors.

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A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE CONGRESS OF IKOT EKPENE SENATORIAL DISTRICT YOUTHS COALITION HELD ON 24TH MAY, 2019 AT THE GODSWILL AKPABIO SKILLS ACQUISITION CENTRE, IKOT EKPENE LGA, AKWA IBOM STATE

The Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District Youths Coalition (IKSDYC) held its congress today Friday, 24th May, 2019 at the Godswill Akpabio Skills Acquisition Centre, Ikot Ekpene LGA to deliberate on critical issues capable of heating the polity and affecting our democratic co-existence – a path we have chosen to walk on since the inception of our fourth democratic dispensation in 1999. As youth stakeholders who are directly concerned with the matters and overall stability of our senatorial district and state at large, we are duty-bound to respond and have unequivocally resolved as follows:

1. That we place on record, the unflinching solidarity of the youths of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District for keeping faith with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the resounding support demonstrated by voting en-masse for President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), our leader, Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio, Obong Nsima Ekere and other candidates fielded by our party in the last general elections despite series of provocations, wanton intimidations and demonic schemings of a few political desperadoes.

2. That although the conduct and outcome of the election was not what we all hoped for owing to the grand collusion of the electoral umpire and political mercinaries who wish to perpetually enslave our people, we are resolute and confident of reclaiming our legitimate mandates through the honourable courts as justice will be served in our favour.

3. That we note with a deep sense of trepidation, the rash of mudslingings by the State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ini Ememobong – a shameless turncoat and persona non grata, all in attempts to disparage the person of His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON, through wild, fictitious and unsubstantiated allegations since his movement to the All Progressives Congress on August 8th, 2018, an action we staunchly believe was to make life better and more meaningful for our people, especially our youths.

4. That because of our disposition as peace and bridge builders, we had decided to ignore all the tantrums and invectives of Ini Ememobong hoping that he would one day wake up to the reality that leadership comes from God and He alone is at liberty to give power to whom He prefers. But given the recent gale of gutter language strategy which has become a more frequent staple of statements from the PDP henchmen, we are left with no option than to respond to the dog whistles of Mr. Ememobong, a character descending into a denigrating echelon in other to eke out a living.

5. That in an attempt to gloat over the pyrrhic victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general elections – an election that will go down in history as the biggest, most elaborate fraud executed by the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Mr. Ini Ememobong has demonstrated the utter misadventure the publicity secretary role has turned out for him. Not that we detest his right to being a puppet and hatchet man, but condescending to obvious illogicality, falsity and demented fallacies against Senator Godswill Akpabio is totally unacceptable.

6. We have been of the conviction that since the electoral heists were over, the focus of Akwa Ibom people should have shifted to real time business of governance but sadly, the purveyors of mischief have chosen to expand the frontiers of divisiveness, character assassination, industrialization propaganda, ethnic bigotry, monetary inducement which heralded the campaign period, a far departure from the verifiable accomplishments of Senator Godswill Akpabio which remains unparalleled since the creation of the state and earned him the sobriquet “uncommon Transformer” which he is known and fondly addressed across the world.

7. It is worthy of note that one of Senator Godswill Akpabio’s greatest achievements in public life includes but not limited to the discovery, nurturing and development of young people, of which Ini Ememobong is a beneficiary of Senator Akpabio’s magnanimity. We are very certain that Ini Ememobong cannot give a sincere account of his achievements in life from his days in NANS up to his first experience as Personal Assistant to a State Governor and his current political office without crediting at least 80percent to Senator Akpabio, whom he today takes great pleasure in insulting, besmirching and denigrating at the slightest opportunity.

8. We note with great consternation that this perpetual onslaught has been going on unhindered under the watch of the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Obong Paul Ekpo – a man who Senator Godswill Akpabio had to practically ‘breathed life into’, after he was pronounced dead by the very people who now display pretentious loyalty. We are forced to ask: is there no sensible limits to politicking? Is it that the duo (Ini Ememobong and Obong Paul Ekpo) have been struck with chronic amnesia, which is the bane of their insolence and ingratitude? Not that we desire their loyalty to Senator Godswill Akpabio, but we at least demand effective from the release of this communique, that maximum decorum and sanity should not be thrown overboard in a bid to score cheap political points.

9. It is in this light that we urge the concerned Elders of Akwa Ibom State to save Akwa Ibom from a needless imbroglio and urge His Excellency Mr. Udom Emmanuel and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to caution their attack dogs to desist forthwith from insulting Senator Akpabio and creating a chaotic political atmosphere as nobody has the monopoly for mischief. In the eventuality that they fail to take heed, we will have no other option than to commence a grand campaign of calumny against their sponsors but we do not hope to travel through this pathway.

10. In connection to this, we hereby pass a vote of confidence on Senator Godswill Akpabio as the leader of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District and restate our unalloyed loyalty, solidarity and absolute support to continue his laudable strides for the people of Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria at large.

11. Although it seems like an emerging trend that most Publicity Secretaries of ruling political parties at either the State or National level are privileged to be appointed as Commissioner for Information or Minister for Information at the disposition of the Governor or President, such does not come with the level of desperation and infantile display of unmitigated arrogance of Ini Ememobong. As a parting shot, we urge Ini Ememobong to channel his energy towards actualising his fascist agenda of becoming Commissioner for Information and subsequently Mr. Udom Emmanuel’s successor as he claims in different foras. We expect that Mr. Udom Emmanuel will impose him on Akwa Ibom people in 2023 as a fitting reward for a hatchet job, which the people of Akwa Ibom shall vehemently resist.

The communique was endorsed by over 100 eminent leaders of the coalition drawn various parts of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District.

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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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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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