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BREAKING: Essien Udim Stakeholders Blast PDP Elders Over AKHA Crisis, Nse Ntuen

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The Political stakeholders of Essien Udim Local Government have lambasted the actions and utterances of PDP Elders over the crisis rocking the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and purported rejection of the new Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Sir) Nse Effiong Ntuen.

Rising from an emergency meeting convened at the instance of the Essien Udim Caucus Chairman, Arc. Ubokutom Nyah, the stakeholders described the communique issued by PDP Elders as mischievous, self-seeking and a recipe for discord in a bid to further mundane political interest.

Expressing their support to the emergence of Rt. Hon. (Sir) Nse Effiong Ntuen as the speaker of the Assembly, the leaders affirmed that the development has strengthened the legislature and wondered why the so-called elders did not condemn the recent invasion of the house by the Governor with the aid of hoodlums.

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A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED ON SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER, 2018 AT THE END OF AN EMERGENCY MEETING OF CAUCUS AND STAKEHOLDERS OF ESSIEN UDIM LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA ON THE CRISIS AT THE AKWA IBOM STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
 
Our attention has been drawn to an advertorial credited to certain political merchants under the aegis of Elders and Stakeholders of PDP in Essien Udim Local Government Area. We are compelled to respond and denounce in all ramifications, deliberations and pronouncements relating to the purported rejection of Rt. Hon. (Sir) Nse Effiong Ntuen, which we consider inimical to the unity, overall stability and integrity of Essien Udim Local Government Area. We therefore rise to declare that:
 
“We condemn in strong terms, the attempt by the so-called Elders and Stakeholders of PDP in Essien Udim to plant the seed of discord in a bid to promote their parochial, self-seeking and mundane political interests against the overall concern of  Essien Udim and Akwa Ibom people.”
 
“The attempt to either politicize the emergence of Rt. Hon. (Sir) Nse Effiong Ntuen as the Honourable Speaker or meddle into the affairs of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly without condemning the illegal invasion of the house by Governor Udom Emmanuel with the aid of miscreants and hoodlums who were armed with dangerous weapons, is nothing but an act of scapegoatism.”
 
“With the suspension of 11 members, leaving the house with 15 members, the emergence of Rt. Hon. (Sir) Nse Effiong Ntuen as the Honourable Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly is no doubt, in compliance with the standing rules of the house and the law.”

“Having carefully followed the half-truths, mischief churned out about the purported rejection of the speaker 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 do not represent the position of Essien Udim stakeholders and remains therefore, a devilish concoction of the sponsors.”

“As leaders and stakeholders rooted in democracy, we respect the wish of any Essien Udim son to their democratic aspirations but shall never be a party to electoral monkey tricks, let alone the rejection of our son and experienced lawmaker like Rt. Hon. Nse Effiong Ntuen, whose emergence as speaker has strengthened and repositioned the place of Akwa Ibom State legislature, bringing to an end, the era of rubber-stamping, impunity and ignominy that characterized the reign of Rt.Hon. Onofiok Luke.”
 
“For the interest of the public who may have been misled, here are the facts: that the former speaker was contemptuous by virtue of the pending court cases when he declared the seats of the lawmakers vacant. Reliable information from the house reveals that the former speaker surreptitiously entered the hallowed chambers of the house from the backdoor, defiling the ethos of the legislature. More so, the mace – the symbol of legislative authority was not used at the purported sitting, a quorum was not formed, and the house since 1999, had never sat for legislative business on Mondays. Therefore, the actions of the former speaker and his cohorts was a formal demonstration of illegality, rascality and ineptitude which has become the landmark of the current administration and befits his impeachment.”
 
“We have also noticed serial efforts by the former speaker and the Governor to disparage and malign the hard-earned personality of our dear son, Distinguished Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio as if he is the apparition hunting their sinking political career and impending defeat at the forthcoming elections. 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 and self-serving posture of the declarants and warn them to desist henceforth. No amount of white wash or media propaganda of a few antagonists can change the resolve of the masses from sending these characters where they belong; the dungeon of history.”
 
“We are particularly embarrassed that instead of working with all stakeholders to sustain the legacies of Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio which heralded massive infrastructural transformation across the state, the acclaimed elders are chanting the endorsement of an administration they have described as ‘promoting security of lives and poverty’. This is not a discovery but a confirmation that is utterly insulting to the people of Essien Udim and Akwa Ibom State at large.”
 
“What can our so-called elders say about the killings of over 500 people in Ukanafun and Etim Ekpo Local Government Areas? What about the permanent curfew that has crippled the mercantile and social life of Ikot Ekpene? What can they say about the abandoned FourPoints by Sheraton located at the heartbeat of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District? What about the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road? What about the abandoned Tropicanna and Ibom Mall? What about the grandeur of incompetence, noisemaking and all motion without movement? Should these not be the real concern of elders? Shamefully, the state of affairs of a state renowned for receiving the highest monthly federal allocation is not as encouraging as the talents and potentials of the people this state merit – a life of stateliness, conceit and real democracy is still a dream for the overwhelming Akwa Ibom people.”

“We are deeply concerned about the infrastructural decline particularly in Essien Udim and Akwa Ibom State in general, since the inception of Governor Udom Emmanuel led-administration coupled with inactions, gross display of overzealousness by certain political actors who are bereft of the workings of democracy.”

“Matters bothering on the deployment or redeployment of the Commissioner of Police to a state is an exclusive preserve of the Nigeria Police Force, and they should be allowed to exercise their constitutional responsibility without needless interferences from any quarters including the elders and political parties. Therefore, the ongoing desperate calls from politicians for the redeployment of the present State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Musa Kimo is tactless and totally unacceptable.”
 
“We wish to insist that natural justice, equity, fair play and democratic norms must take their natural course as we step closer to the general elections. We equally charge Governor Udom Emmanuel to call himself and his acolytes to deescalate the emerging preference for impunity and other acts that is undermining the peace and stability of our dear state.”
 
“We believe that the 2019 contest would be won on the basis of 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. We wish to conclude that our collective verdict and response to these antics will be availed through our votes on February 16thand March, 2nd, 2019 respectively.”

Stakeholders present at the meeting include: Elder Friday Udo, Former Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government, Sir Etekamba Umoren, Atuekong (Dr) Chris Akpan, Obong Godwin Afangideh, Sir (Barr) Ibanga Akpabio, Hon. (Barr) Godwin Akang, Rt. Hon. (Barr) Paulinus Idio, Elder Ekpenyong Ekrikpo, Hon. Joseph Tombere, Hon. Ndifreke Idung, Mr. Patrick Usen, Mr. Andrew Anthony Udoh, Hon. (Leader) Oscar Udom, Obong Anthony Umoren Idung, Hon. Raphael Udoma, Mr. Paul Paul Ibara, Abom Ephraim Okon, Hon. Emmanuel Inyangetor, Hon. Emmanuel Isidore Udoh, Otuekong Hon. Uduak Udo, Mr. Godwin Etokakpan, Mr. Ime Unanam and Elder Thomas B. Inyang.

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Pastor Charis, Reverend Emem Jacob, others for Restoration Congress 2019

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Senior Pastor and Founder, Restoration Grace Assembly, Pastor Charis Essienobong is to speak at the Restoration Congress 2019, with the theme: “Arise and Shine”.

Other ministers of the gospel expected at the event include Pastor (Mrs). Idy Charis and the General Overseer of Christian Fellowship, Nigeria, Reverend Emem Jacob.

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According to the organiser of the congress, Pastor Charis Essienobong, “this year’s theme is targeted at uprooting every occupation of stagnation in the lives of believers and God is ready to release fresh light for the rising of Kingdom giants.”

The yearly event, which begins from Thursday, August 22 to Sunday, August 25, will also feature ministrations by Pastor Ity Charis, The Classical Choir and The Restored Voices Choir, among others. The event will be rounded off with Super Celebration Service on Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 8am at the Living Water House, 2 Nkpoette Effanga Crescent, Off Nsikak Eduok Avenue,  Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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Uyo Set to Host International Conference on Relationship and Marriage

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The capital city of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria is set to host an international conference on relationship and marriage on Saturday 17th, 2019 at the EMERALD EVENT CENTRE, Edet Akpan Avenue (four lanes) Uyo.

The conference theme: “Stepping Stone To A Successful Relationship and Marriage”. The event aims at bringing together people from different backgrounds and with various experiences to discuss pertinent issues affecting Nigerian families and the impact it has on the social and economic development.

The conference Host and Founder of BEMAMOL GRACEHEARTS, Lady Bernice Umoh said the one-day conference will bring together at least 1,000 participants from across the country and with a post television broadcast to over 10 million homes.

“The conference will enlighten participants on how to maintain happy and productive families as it addresses core challenges affecting modern relationships such as domestic violence, drug abuse, indiscriminate sex and the impact of social media on families,”.

Lady Bernice said the conference is been organised in the face of the rising number of divorce and sucide cases across the world and the negative impact it has on children and the society at large.

Briefing the press on the upcoming event at Walt Bridge Hotel in Uyo, Lady Bernice said participants will get an opportunity to interact with both national and international experts who will provide them with long lasting solutions to marital challenges.

She also expressed appreciation to well meaning prominent personalities who has committed their financial resources to ensure free admission of participant who largely cut across tertiary students, corpers and newly wedded couples.

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Tribunal Chides PDP Nat’l Legal Adviser, Emmanuel Enoidem Over Misconduct

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By AmanamHillary Umo-Udofia

A mild drama ensued on Thursday at the National/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, when People’s Democratic Party National Legal Adviser, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem was disgraced by the tribunal Chairman for gross misconduct and contempt of court.

The three-man panel led by Justice W. O. Akanbi at the resumed sitting of the tribunal dismissed an application brought by Assam Assam (SAN) counsel to Hon. David Lawrence for extension of time to reply the petition filed by Hon. Charles Sunday Ebongho and the All Progressives Congress against the declaration of Hon. David Lawrence as the winner of Eket State Constituency in the just concluded elections.

Shortly after the tribunal gave its ruling and struck out the first respondent from being a party to the petition, Enoidem who did not announce his appearance at the tribunal confronted the panel that the ruling was inappropriate. Angered over the development, the tribunal Chairman ordered him to sit down as he does not have the power to speak over the matter. “Who are you?” The Chairman queried. “This Honourable tribunal does not recognise you”, he further added.

Counsel to the first respondent Assam Assam (SAN), thereafter intervened and apologised for the actions of the PDP National scribe. Apparently embarrassed by his conduct, Enoidem apologised to the tribunal.

Drama started again when the tribunal called on the second petition filed by Hon. Kufre Akpabio and the All Progressives Congress against Hon. Pat Ifon, Peoples Democratic Party and INEC as first, second and third respondents respectively, Enoidem announced that he was holding brief for counsel to 1st Respondent, Solomon Umoh (SAN).

Enoidem immediately claimed that the petitioners were not interested in prosecuting the case to the amazement of the panel and other parties. Chairman of the Panel fumed and called on counsel to the second and third respondents to speak about the case, which they answered in the affirmative that the petitioners were diligent in their prosecution of the matter.

The chairman then queried Enoidem, that he should have consulted with other parties since he is appearing for the first time. “This tribunal is embarrassed with your behaviour, you should have consulted with your learned colleagues before making such contemptuous claims. It is totally unacceptable”, the chairman added.

Enoidem again apologised for the second gaffe before the tribunal adjourned the matter for the next sitting.

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Uniuyo bans Use of Wristwatches during Exams

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The Management of the University of Uyo has banned the use of wristwatches by students in examination.

In a statement released by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) Prof. Enoidem Usoro, students are now prohibited from wearing wristwatches to examination halls; and the ban takes effect from the 1st semester 2018/2019 Examinations.

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