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Buhari can’t return as president in 2019, Shonibare says

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The zonal leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Supo Shonibare, has ruled out the chances of President Muhammadu Buhari winning the next election. Shonibare, who is the National Vice Chairman (Southwest), said the level of poverty has increased under Buhari’s leadership and that the electorate are already disenchanted with his style of leadership.

Shonibare spoke in Ado Ekiti while inaugurating the State Interim Contact and Mobilisation Committees of the party.He said the party is determined to use the July 14 Ekiti governorship poll as a test case and prelude to the calamity that will befall the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the country in 2019, having allegedly ran the country’s economy aground through bad policies.

“We are determined to take over Ekiti. And I know it will be easy for us because Nigerians are tired of both APC and PDP,” he said.“Nigerians are suffering. No jobs, no industries, no security, nothing is working and they want to hold onto power, this is impossible.

Shonibare urged the members of the committees to run a transparent and open door policy, reminding that it would be an herculean task to take over power from an incumbent governor, Dr. Ayodele Fayose.

Present at the occasion were party National leaders, led by former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran.Former Chairman of the Ekiti Inter-party Advisory Committee (IPAC), Dr Dele Ekunola, is to chair the 14-man State Interim Committee while the former Registrar of the Ekiti State University, Chief M.O. Ogundipe, is to chair the contact and mobilization committee.

Adeniran pleaded with the party to shun discrimination that could rip the party apart, saying working in one spirit would enhance cohesion needed to upstage the APC and PDP in the coming election.

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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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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”.

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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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