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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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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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•Say Emmanuel Enoidem is a blackmailer

•He’s PDP National Illegal Adviser -Ekpoudom

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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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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