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LEAKED: Sensing Re-election Loss, Governor Udom Launches ‘Final’ Propaganda Onslaught Against Senator Akpabio

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Sensing an embarrassing re-election loss, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has perfected a final propaganda onslaught in a bid to humiliate and dent Senator Godswill Akpabio’s image ahead of the APC Presidential Campaign flag-off by President Muhummadu Buhari in Akwa Ibom State.

A member of the crack-team who is sympathetic to the Senator disclosed on anonymity that the plan was hatched at the instance of the governor after the recent invasion of State House of Assembly with armed thugs and botched attempt by his wife to stop First Lady, Aisha Buhari from visiting the state last weekend.

“You are aware of the numerous failed plots by the Governor to frame up and humiliate Senator Godswill Akpabio having realised that Akwa Ibom people have rejected his second term bid unequivocally. The Governor has now released N5million to renowned newspapers to trump spurious allegations, publish damaging stories to malign the image of the Senator and his administration which is widely considered the best since the creation of the state. I cannot be part of such plans”, the source added.

This medium can also authoritatively report that as part of the plan, the Governor has assembled and bankrolled a team of Lagos-based lawyers and professional associates to flood the media with unfounded petitions to facilitate the character defamation of the Senator.

“The Governor has fully commenced a major onslaught since the PDP in Akwa Ibom State is finally stuck with a very unpopular and rejected Gubernatorial candidate, who can no longer command the support of Akwa Ibom people coupled with his increasing woes since the defection of Senator Akpabio. Udom as a last resort is playing dirty, his foot soldiers advised him not to go down like that without a fight”, another source disclosed.

Further investigations by Akwa Ibom INFO shows that the latest attempt is another regurgitation of ‘old tales’. The EFCC has investigated various petitions against the Senator and found nothing incriminating against him.

Recall that Barrister Leo Ekpenyong, whose law firm petitioned the Senator to EFCC, voluntarily withdrew the spurious petitions upon discovery that they were fuelled by disgruntled politicians and ethnic jingoists in Akwa Ibom State. “So as it is, Senator Akpabio after thorough investigations, does not have any case with the EFCC,” he said.

“Governor Udom is aware of the political reality that Akwa Ibom State has turned APC with the defection of Senator Akpabio. The dynamics of the Governor’s re-election has changed from a good chance to a very, very difficult chance with the resolve of Akwa Ibom people to vote him out. Akwa Ibom people will vote en-masse for President Buhari, Senator Akpabio, Obong Nsima Ekere and all candidates of APC in the forthcoming general elections”.

Efforts to reach the Governor’s spokesperson, Mr. Ekerette Udoh for comments were unsuccessful prior to publication of this story.

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‘Do not listen’ to Udom – Akwa Ibom People Beg Senator Akpabio

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A section of Akwa Ibom residents have expressed reservations over the sudden posture of Governor Udom Emmanuel towards his predecessor, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

The social media on Sunday, was awash with pictures of Governor Udom Emmanuel exchanging pleasantries and whispering to
his ex-benefactor, Senator Godswill Akpabio at the Diocesan New Year Prayer and Fasting Assembly 2019 of the Catholic Diocese of Uyo held at Cardinal Ekanem Seminary Grounds, Dominic Utuk Avenue, Uyo.

Reacting to the development, facebook users have called on Senator Godswill Akpabio not to listen to Udom’s friendly gimmicks. “We do not know what he whispered to Senator, we are urging him not to listen to Udom’s lies. We’re waiting for March 2nd, Akwa Ibom people will reply all the invectives that Udom has poured on Akpabio”.

Another facebook user, Victy Peter said “Governor Udom’s gesture is coming too late. After hurling insults and paying mercenaries to humiliate Senator Akpabio, Udom should not deceive Akwa Ibom people with his friendly gesture. Maybe, he should postpone them till after the elections, we’re confident Udom will loose”.

Further investigations by Akwa Ibom INFO reveals that Udom is embarking on a mission of reconciliation because he is afraid of being ridiculed by Obong Nsima Ekere in the forthcoming polls. “The Governor is surrounded by mercantile politicians, he knows that he will not be re-elected but you know he cannot walk-away without putting up a fight”, another user added.

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Pastor Charis, Uma Ukpai, Nathaniel Bassey, Ors for Restoration Convention 2019

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Pastor Charis Essienobong, Senior Pastor and Founder, Restoration Grace Ministries will speak at the Restoration Convention 2019, with the theme: “Alive Again”.

The yearly event, which begins from Monday, January 14 to Sunday, January 20, will feature ministrations by Pastor Nathaniel Bassey, Prospa Ochimana, Pastor Ity Charis, The Classical Choir and The Restored Voices Choir, among others.

According to the organiser of the convention, Pastor Charis Essienobong, “this year’s theme alongside the pastor’s restoration conference is targeted at bringing to life anything that is dead around, within the life of believers and God is ready to release fresh light for His people.”

Other ministers of the gospel expected at the event include Pastor (Mrs) Idy Charis, Rev (Dr) Uma Ukpai, Bishop (Dr) John Ekong of the New Ark of Covenant Ministries and the Founder and Presiding Bishop of Victory Life Ministries International, Bishop Mike Bamidele.

The week-long power-packed event will be rounded off with Super Celebration Service on Sunday, January 20, 2018 from 8am at the church auditorium.

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Yuletide: Emmanuel Ekon Floods Federal Constituency with 4,000 Bags of Rice

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• Senator Udoedehe dissolves parallel excos

In an uncommon move that has never been heard of any from a federal lawmaker, Chairman House Committee on Local Content and Member Representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon has commenced distribution of 4,000 bags of rice, cash gift and other festive items worth millions of Naira.

Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon

Speaking at the flag-off of the exercise in Etim Ekpo and Ika Local Government Area which was graced and supported with various donations by APC State Chairman, Hon. Ini Okopido, Atuekong Inibehe Okori, DIG Udom Ekpoudom and wife, Member Representing Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency, Hon. Gabriel Toby and APC flagbearer for Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency, Barr. Chris Okorie, party leaders, stalwarts and faithfuls, the lawmaker announced the donation of 200 bags of rice, cash gift of N500, 000 and a live cow, each to the Local Government Areas.

The frontline lawmaker who is also the APC flagbearer for Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency in the forthcoming elections admonished youths to shun violence and desist from being tools in the hands of desperate politicians.

“The forthcoming elections is a choice between Keke Napep empowerment and knowledge. I recently watched a video where the retiring emperor of Etim Ekpo, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem claimed that he sent me to National Assembly to empower youths with motorcycle, not oversight and training of youths. Each of my trainees receive at least N120, 000 monthly which is more than the price of Keke. For Enoidem to say that youths only Keke Napep, it is time for the youths to tell him that the youths of Etim Ekpo are worth than Keke Napep”, he added.

In his remarks, the State Chairman of All Progressive Congress, Hon. Ini Okopido lauded the lawmaker and other dignitaries for their gesture which he said is palliative due to the gross insensitivity of the Udom administration towards the people. “By the time we take over government in 2019, we will continue to place the people at the center of our programmes”, he said.

In a similar vein, former lawmaker representing Abak, Etim Ekpo, Ika Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo commended the lawmaker for taking the welfare of constituents as priority, urging the people to remain steadfast and deliver all candidates of the party in 2019.

Responding, the youth leader of Ika Local Government, Mr. Ufok Abia and women leaders assured the lawmaker of the support of youths. “The youths of Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency have resolved to vote for all candidates of the All Progressives Congress. We simply have no choice, we’re ready to return all our candidates.”

Meanwhile, Senator John Udoedehe has dissolved parallel excos of the party in the area. According to him, “My task in Etim Ekpo is simple and easy. I am here to dissolve is parallel excos and by the powers conferred on me, I hereby dissolve all structures of the party. We have decided to work with the excos recognised by the leadership of the state. Don’t let anyone deceive you with money, APC is taking over Akwa Ibom State. At the moment, we’re no longer talking about winning the state, we’re talking about which local government that is returning the highest number of votes”.

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Business Mogul Lauds Emmanuel Ekon on Human Capacity Development

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CEO of Wissun Motors, Mr. Wisdom Sunday Ubom has commended Chairman House committee on Local Content and member representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon for human capacity development and giant developmental strides.

Mr. Wisdom Ubom

The automobile expert who disclosed this in an interaction with Akwa Ibom INFO lauded the meaningful contributions of the lawmaker especially with the training of over 500 youths in the oil and gas industry, a feat he said has never been achieved in the history of representation in the constituency.

“Ekon has consistently focused on projects and programs that has brought about the grassroots’ development, thus making better the fortunes of the constituency. With his commitment towards empowering the youths in the constituency through various skill acquisition programs, the lawmaker recognises that youths are the future of our great constituency.”

“He has been passionate about youths. Recently he raised a motion on the need to forestall the resurgence of youth restiveness in Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun Local Government Areas in the constituency and called on the Presidential Amnesty Committee to integrate the aggrieved youths for proper training and rehabilitation.”

“We are impressed with the initiative of the lawmaker and that is why we are supporting his re-election bid. The youths of Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency will vote overwhelming for Ekon”, he added.

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