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NOW THAT SCAM-ARTIST ATA IKIDDEH HAS JOINED NDDC MEDIA TEAM…

5 Jul

 

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“Why are you dissipating too much energy on Ata Ikiddeh, he has never been a serious person. He was my classmate at the defunct School of Arts and Science, Uyo. While in at UNICAL too, he was course mate of former Governor Godswill Akpabio. He used to dance breakdance at UNICAL. It was on this strength that he won an award then called Mr. UNICAL.”

That was a message, crispy and clear from a concerned Akwa Ibom son who felt Ata Ikiddeh’s noise was not worth the attention. But then anyone who ignores Ata, does so at his own peril. This is moreso when so many amiable indigenes of the state, like former screen delight,Regina AskiaWilliams who reside outside the country, are yielding towards the emotions raised by his ilk. I remember the build up to the 2011 elections, the same desperation and blackmail were employed by the same guy and the next thing was his strong persistent clamour to take over the media team of the then Governor, His Excellency Godswill Akpabio. It got to a point that Mr Ikiddeh would sent message after another to the Governor on how the Commissioner for Information Aniekan Umanah failed to properly inform the people, and how he waded in to redeem the image of the governor on the social and global media. His pestering was uncontrollable and anyone could just imagine the volume of pressure he mounted on the former Governor, who characteristically refused to succumb to blackmail. Most of the text messages undermining the Aniekan Umanah-led information team were usually forwarded to the subject of the blackmail.Ata Ikiddeh scam artist

For close to two years, between 2009 to 2011, Mr. Ikiddeh was usually seen with a small camcorder, recording projects and posting them on his social media platforms. Perhaps it is instructive to note that in 2009, Ata first came to Uyo with a group of about six diasporans on a fact finding tour, and despite being shown round the entire projects locations in one week, he saw it as a Vista for endless all expense paid trips. Most times even when he got the clips from the information team, he won’t hesitate to forward a message to the former Governor as his personal efforts at salvaging the battered image of the governor. Almost a month would not pass without Ikiddeh arriving the state with his small camera, and the usual text messages to get support. That is the story of a tall bespectacled dude at the tarmac of the newly commissioned airport, with his brown Elizabethan checkered blazers. Although unsolicited, the State government made it a point of duty to always find him handouts. Of course I was the Special Assistant to the Commissioner and had a fair knowledge of most of Ata’s activities. On one occasion, he wrote a passionate letter about his rent expiring in his London apartment, and his children being unable to attend school.

It is obviously not a surprise that he found his way to the doorstep of very humble and listening Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rd.Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke. It takes a broad mind to imagine the pestering and harassment he may have meted on the peaceable number one state lawmaker. This aspect of Ata dates back to 2010 during the ‘Child Witch Saga’ that compelled the state government to intervene and rescue the children from the CRARN home in Eket. It was a very emotional moment, seeing the terrible condition of young children suffering from the ignorance of their parents. My involvement in the evacuation enabled Ata to have access to the process. He said he would like to join and we brought him along. When I received a call from the then Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare Mrs. Eunice Thomas, the following morning, I was shocked to hear that the same Ata in his usual nature had forwarded a text to the Governor on how he narrowly escaped dead while trying to rescue the children from their ‘captors’. He had painted a picture of a war scenario where he was the Rambo that helped wade of the savages that came out with machetes. The commissioner was upset with me, she said it was unfair for the Ata Ikiddeh to go a-lying to the governor. In the true sense of it, there was never a resistance from the center when the government team arrived and it took three trips to evacuate the inmates to the Divine Children’s home, built initially as the security village in Uyo.

Like I had said somewhere else previously, Ata is a lawyer by training, and his mates in the Nigeria Law School include the likes of Senator Godswill Akpabio, Senator Liyel Imoke, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Anyim, Senator Grace Bent, former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Chibudum Nwuche, among other notable Nigerians. He had no history of involvement in media services in any known media establishment or department, neither could he prove he had consulted for any reputable agency or government. These were obviously addendums to his penchant for blackmail, which probably accounted for his appointment as one of the numerous Special Assistants on Projects Monitoring, to the then governor in 2011, as against his crave for the soul of the information machinery. If ever someone exists who would have entrusted Ata Ikiddeh with the job of managing his image, it ought to have been His Excellency Godswill Akpabio. But he got a job of project inspection for all his troubles. It was like, let us find Ata something to do, and save ourselves the troubles of his harassments.

I remember the day I called Ata when he started rolling these spiteful messages on the social media against the Governor, I was in my office and when he received my call, I explained to him that it was not fair for him, a beneficiary of the system to attempt pulling the ladder down. He started explaining to me that he has done his best to get the Commissioner to involve him and that he even got recommendation from the Speaker of the State House of Assembly. After submitting his proposal, the commissioner has failed to send for him, and has not also been picking his calls. It was an absurd thing to hear, that someone could tell me he has resorted to media attacks on the governor because his proposal didn’t meet favourable consideration.

Most people have gone on the social media space, urging the state government to respond to the calculated jaundiced smear campaigns by Ata Ikiddeh and brothers. Like I said, genuine and reasonable people usually ask questions before to conclusions except where there is a malicious intent, like in this case.
Everyone who cares to know, has seen through the various communication media that the Governor of Akwa Ibom state His Excellency Mr Udom Emmanuel has clearly made a bold expression on the health sector of the state. Governor Emmanuel clearly stated that the medical equipment being brought into Akwa Ibom are bought first hand from the manufacturers in the United States of America, and are being shipped in 100 containers to Nigeria. The administration, he echoed resisted the temptation of purchasing equipment from several third world countries to be guaranteed of their quality and durability. So far more than 25 of those containers have been received and deployed for use. The hospitals in Etinan and Ikono have been well equipped and furnished and were commissioned recently by the Vice President Yemi Osibanjo and the Governor respectively. These much information are in the public domain, produced and circulated by Commissioner Charles Udoh. Ata has access to these. Because his interest is in his personal gains than these information, he overlooks them and goes for the jugular of the Commissioner for refusing him his outrageous media consultancy.

Other hospitals like Oron, Okobo, Eket, Oruk Anam, Uruan among others are undergoing renovations and re-equipping. If Ata and his cohorts were sincere, instead of writing and publishing on rag tag sheets, they would review government projects and come down to inspect and access before going to attack the commissioner for information and the media team. I remember the day I personally called him to advise against towing the path of self-destruction, he took it in bad faith, went on the media alleging blackmail.
In summary, it is well to note that Ata disturbed the Speaker of the House of Assembly and out of compassion, the speaker opted to introduce Ata to Charles Udoh. Note, Barr Luke possibly paid his transport fares and lodged him in a hotel, and for Ata, this means that his proposal ought to be accepted at all cost. If Ata Ikiddeh wanted information on the achievements of government, he got it, more than enough. Others get it when they seek. Currently, the state government runs a whole lot of media programmes on the achievements of the governor. Discover Akwa Ibom, Update Akwa Ibom and Akwa Ibom Rising are documentaries that run both on local electronic media and cable TV. There is a feedback mechanism for citizens to access the government spokesman on SMS,whatsapp messages, social media platforms and even the state website. Today, we have a man who benefitted consistently from government for over six years, coming out with a threatening proposal including a clause for hotel bills, flight tickets and other expenses. Didn’t he owned a house in Uyo while working for the state government a year earlier? That is story for another day.

By his own admission, Mr Ata Ikiddeh has joined the media team of Mr. Nsima Ekere, the Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, who is neck deep in the 2019 governorship race against the incumbent governor. He said Charles Udoh refused to give him attention, Mr Ekere picked his call and accepted his offer. Ata has repeatedly expressed his prowess as a media expert, without whom nothing can work in a media team. Methinks he would have set out for work immediately to gain acceptance from the already existent team members of the Nsima Ekere crew who may see him as a gold digger. Don’t get me wrong, no one is against his being accommodated in Mr Nsima Ekere’s media team, but he should promote Ekere and NDDC and stop knocking Governor Emmanuel and his media team. He is expected to bring that media ingenuity and show the world those achievements of NDDC in Akwa Ibom that every other media hireling has unfortunately failed to showcase in the past three years. He should exhibit his media skills at his new duty post and stop crying over the job he couldn’t get at the Hilltop mansion.

(c) Essien Ndueso

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APC is standing on injustice, I am set to leave —Shehu Sani #APCinjustice

21 Jun

I’m Set To Quit APC – Sen. Sani

Sani stated this when he met with his supporters during the Sallah break

The representative of Kaduna Central Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Shehu Sani, has said he is prepared to quit the party owing to injustice.
Sani stated this when he met with his supporters during the Sallah break.
He said the APC was standing on the foundation of injustice and he and other like-minded persons against injustice were at the departure door set to leave the party.
He said: “APC stands on the foundation of injustice as it is to its members.
“It has not treated its members well, it has failed to live up to its promises and pledges of a transparent internal democracy as a party.
“So, for people like me, we are not going to tolerate or endorse injustices of any kind.
“We are talking at the national level, still trying to find a solution to the problem, but if a solution is not found within the next few weeks, you would be told of which party we would be going to.
“I can tell you confidently that our goods are now at the departure lounge of the APC and we are leaving the party because we can’t tolerate the embarrassment, but we are still giving the party time.
“It’s not me that will do it alone, but all people who felt that the party has not treated them well and there was not an attempt to address the issue.
“I have confidence in whatever political party I contest, I am going to win my election.
“I am very much convinced about this.
“Since those that vote you into the office are the masses and the masses have since abandoned the bandwagon of people hiding under the cover and pocket of Buhari and re-election.
“I can confirm to you that we are at the departure lounge and that we are waiting for the train to come and pick us and certainly, we are leaving to the next destination without the fear.”

Gov. #UdomEmmanuel Has So Far Performed Better than 16 Years of Attah and Akpabio, Says SSG Ekuwem

19 Jun

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By David Augustine


The Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem has stated that Governor Udom Emmanuel’s performance in Oro Nation in barely three years on the saddle of governance has surpassed the sixteen years tenure of his predecessors, Obong Victor Attah and Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Dr. Ekwuwem stated this during his meeting with Oro PDP stalwarts, in appreciation of their support and cooperation since his assumption of office as the SSG.

The SSG noted that the Governor is very committed to the development of the State, adding that Oro Nation in particular and indeed, the State, in general, have benefited from the Governor’s development strides and policies.

Interacting with the party’s stalwarts, it was hinted that arrangements are in top gear by the people of Oro Nation, the third largest ethnic group in Akwa Ibom State, to formally endorse Governor Udom Emmanuel as their sole candidate in the 2019 Governorship election.

The hint was dropped through a unanimous motion for the endorsement rally by the Oro PDP stalwarts during the meeting held recently in Uyo.

In his remarks, Dr. Ekuwem thanked his kinsmen for their resolve to reciprocate the love the Governor has for Oro people by planning to organise an endorsement rally in support of Governor Emmanuel’s second term bid come 2019. He appreciated the Governor for his numerous achievements across the state.

According to him, the achievement include political inclusion of Oro in the mainstream of governance as exemplified in his appointment as Secretary to the State Government, the current repair work on old alignment of the Uyo -Oron road, dualization of the new Oron -Uyo road, the ongoing work on the Etebi -Enwang road, remodeling of Iquita General Hospital, Oron and Amamong Okobo, among others infrastructural strides.

“For understandable reasons, we know how the majority of Oro people felt in 2015, but Oro people are very positive. We have since moved forward and therefore this gentleman, His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel is doing a lot to improve the socio-economic lots of where (Oro) we come from. So, we have to encourage and support him”, the SSG stated.

Dr. Ekuwem said the Governor is committed to the realisation of Ibom Deep Seaport and Industrial City in Ibaka, Mbo Local Government Area, describing him as a God-fearing leader.

Speaking separately, Oro stakeholders said they were proud of their son and Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Ekuwem for convening the meeting to reorder the politics of Oro and show a new direction.

SENATOR AKPABIO FIGHTS BACK

12 Jun

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Heated debate on an executive bill, which sought to give ownership and control of the water resources sector to the Federal Government, practically split the Senate along ethnic and regional lines yesterday.

The contentious bill titled: “A Bill for an Act to establish a regulatory framework for the water resources sector in Nigeria, provide for the equitable and sustainable development, management, use and conservation of Nigeria’s surface and groundwater resources and for related matters.”

It has already been processed by Senate Committee on Water Resources which chairman is Senator Mohammed Ubali Shitu (APC, Jigawa State) and was to be considered yesterday on the clause by clause basis before final approval.

But trouble started when Senate Minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, drew the attention of his colleagues to the fact that the bill could deprive people living along riverbanks of their basic livelihood.

Shitu, who had presented his committee’s report on the bill to the Senate earlier, insisted that the Federal Government should be empowered to have absolute control over water banks and resources in Nigeria.

Still opposing the bill, Akpabio who raised issues against Clause 3, warned against making a law that would lead to the Federal Government taking over the landed areas of riverine communities, especially communities where the water bodies dry off.

Akpabio made reference to Lake Chad which water he said used to cover 25,000 kilometres of land but had dried up to about 5,000 kilometres. He said it meant that the community now had 20,000 kilometres for farming and other activities, stressing that it would have been out of the reach of the people if the government had possessed the bank.

Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP, Bayelsa-Central) supported Akpabio, noting that there was a need to define what a bank is.

He also pointed out that the Federal Government was about to take over resources in the states at a time when Nigerians were calling for devolution of power.

The Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe-North), however, countered Akpabio, stating that the lawmaker was arguing in error.

Lawan noted that the clause was in reference to waters like River Benue and River Niger, which flow through several states. He urged the Senate to ignore the issues raised by those opposed to the bill.

Senator Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos East) supported Akpabio’s position declaring that the Nigeria Inland Water Ways Authority (NIWA) was already having an inroad into Lagos State waters.

Senator Ibrahim Gobir (Sokoto) said that the contentious provision was clear and should be adopted.

Senator Binta Masi Garba (Adamawa North) who also said that the clause should be adopted, added: “We should be more Nigerians when we are discussing national issues.”

Senator Solomon Adeola (Lagos West) cautioned that the entire Bill should be reconsidered since it has become controversial.

In a bid to prevent the debate from deteriorating and creating more trouble, Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said that the bill should be referred to an adhoc committee made up of the Water Resources Committee Chairman, Shitu, Deputy Chairman, Bwacha, Chairman of the Senate committee Judiciary, David Umaru, director legal services and Senator Barnabas Gemade, to reconsider the clause and report back in one week.

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“You Are A Failure, You Lack Zeal For Service,” Eket People Tell David Lawrence

24 Nov

 

 

Youths across the three geo-political zones of Eket State Constituency has risen against the Member representing the area in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon David Lawrence in what they termed as his ‘’ lackluster, insensitive and brainless representation’’.david-lawrence
The group, under the aegis of Eket National Youth Forum for Good Governance in a release signed by Iwaad Akpadiaha Udonsek, James Udotai, Mbre Monday, Udo Ekanem, and Glory Okposin among 15 others lambasted the lawmaker for not showing any interest to the plight of those who voted him into office.
They described him as a ‘’Lagos been to’’ and an opportunist who lacks the zeal for service’’, adding that he does not even pick calls put across to him by his constituents having derailed from his campaign promises.
‘’we are disappointed in Hon David Lawrence and we even regret voting out his predecessor Hon Ayang Akanimo Ayang who we have now realized performed better both in lawmaking and oversight functions’’, the stated.
The group said they have concluded plans to begin a recall process to remove him as their representative.
They revealed further that the people of Eket local government area wanted the lawmaker to sponsor a bill in the House for the compulsory establishment of government farms across the 31 local government areas of the State to address the issue of food insecurity but that the ‘’clueless Lawmaker’’ has over the past one year ‘’played hide and seek’’ including not picking calls.
‘’He even deceived market women including the entire people of Eket that he will build an ultramodern daily market for them within six months but unfortunately up till date, no sign of any development’’, they stated.
The group demanded to know the number of persons he has empowered in any form or scholarship he has granted any indigent student of the area.
You Are A Failure, You Lack Zeal For Service, Eket People Tells David Lawrence‘’ instead of representing us effectively, he is busy building mansions in Uyo for himself and family. We are really disappointed in him and we wish to let him know that he has no political future as long as the people of Eket are concerned’’, they said.
The group commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for the ongoing road rehabilitation in Eket.
They maintained that Eket State Constituency seat in the State Assembly was vacant due to the inability of David Lawrence to represent the area effectively in keeping with his campaign promises.

By Assam Abia

2015: Ibibio Elders Again Reports Akpabio To Mu’azu.

18 Jul

-As Concerned Akwa Ibom Citizens Carpet Anietie Ukpe For His Dinigration of Ibibio Elders

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Ibibio Elders Forum has again reported the Akwa Ibom state governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr Adamu Mu’azu, for what they said was the governor’s penchant for unguarded utterances capable of causing problems to the state.
The elders had earlier in an advertorial published in The Nations newspaper edition vol, 9 no 2896 of Thursday July 3, 2014, called attention to statements credited to the state governor, where he was alleged to have told the congregation during the investiture of Bishop Cletus Bassey as an Archbishop. The governor was said to have told the people that “I must produce my successor, no matter what is your feeling and there is nothing anybody can do about it. I don’t mind whose ox is gored”
In that release signed by Sir Dr Okon Akpan Uko and Obong Dr Okon Ekanem, the governor was equally quoted as saying in another occasion that he would deploy the police, army, SSS, and every power at his disposal to ensure that he produces a successor. He was also accused of using the occasion of the burial of the state PDP secretary’s mother’s burial to say that he was going to ensure that certain aspirants would not be allowed to come close to where the PDP primary is going to take place.
In denying the accusations, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Anietie Ukpe accused the two signatories as “men with questionable intentions”. Continuing, Ukpe said that the Ibibio Elders’ Forum was “the campaign organization of a desperate politician”, noting that the grammatical errors in the advertorial by the elders portrayed them as men not capable of speaking for the Ibibios. The CPS said that what the governor said was deliberately distorted to suit preconceived “dubious intentions”
But in addressing the current petition to the national chairman, the elders reiterated their earlier stand and said they stood by every word they credited to the governor. They added that they were pressed to write to the chairman because they identify with his effort to enthrone democratic values and internal democracy in the party. The said that the governor’s utterances if not checked were capable of imperiling the chances of the party in the state.
“We are genuinely worried about the ills that such unguarded utterances portend, because the people are beginning to read strong adverse meanings to them. Most of these statements are unwarranted and constitute a threat to the PDP’s credibility. Therefore, we appeal to all to call Governor Godswill Akpabio to order on time”, the elders wrote.
The appeal to the PDP chairman was signed by notable Ibibio leaders, such as Sir Dr Okon Akpan Uko, Obong Ukpong Dan Umoh, Obong Dr Okon Ekanem, Otuekong Sunny Jackson, Obong Rita Akpan, Obonganwan Imo Isemin, Dr Maurice Ebong, Dr Ita Udosen, Barr Tony Mike Akpan, Edidem Ime Dickson Umoette, Obong B.A. Nyong, Col. Ededet Bassey, and Otuekong Kingsley Ifot

Culled: InsightNews

Enough is Enough; we need a real Governor!

4 Jun
By Clayton Udoh

Akpabio

The son of the Late Assassinated Albert Ukpanah has been picked up by the police. The insinuation made on the young man is that he killed his own father. This is buttressed by the police accusation that he tampered with the scene of the crime .
Here in the USA ,how long would it take for the police to arrive at the scene of the crime ? How long should the young man have left his father lying in his blood in the sand to wait for the arrival of the “Nigerian” police to a crime scene?
In other words this is all nonsense and an attack against that family from the pit of hell.
For crying out loud, this family has gone through enough. I do not have word strong enough  to describe what this looks like and what is happening to the state of morality in this region of Nigeria.
The synopsis is simple; Akwa Ibom State is totally cult infested and the son of Albert Ukpanah is being “squeezed to drop all evidence and information” that may lead to the Father’s killers. You would think that the killing of the Father is enough and that the police should not be used as a vehicle to destroy this family. I fear for the life of the young man in detention and I abhor the present turn of events in Annangland, Akwa Ibom State. 

We need a real Governor who has the power to call his subordinates to order when they are bringing cult tactics against a family. We also need the next Governor to be someone who can deal with the level of infestation of cult dogma and activities in the state.
The “strong” man involved in this case should understand that in killing Albert Ukpanah he has won based on his own standards. Albert Ukpanah uttered some things he did not like about his political aspirations and he killed him. He should not go after the son, he should move on. 
People are so sick that they are blaming Albert Ukpanah for running his mouth and bringing this upon himself. Really ? Instead of the animals realizing that there is a curse on the land when elders are getting killed for money or second terms!!!!

On this very note, I doubt if Udom Emmanuel can operate as the Governor of Akwa Abasi Ibom State! He is not a cult guy and I do not believe he has the spine to deal with these guys that control every level of politics in Akwa Abasi Ibom State. We need someone that can stop this tide of Satanism infesting the state.
Akwa Abasi Ibom State has been sold to Satan and needs to be redeemed. The Killers and Murderers and Kidnappers are the Honorable Alpha and Omega while honest people are the ones hated for their honesty.

The moral compass of the youth has been destroyed and they go after people using character assassination, insults and every tool in the book against those who are telling the truth and asking for change in the system. Their heroes are the new breed of Cult-politicians that give them peanuts out of what they have looted.

That is why I have no pity for the youth in Akwa Abasi Ibom State, for they have chosen what they want the state to be like. A state with No jobs, No opportunity, No Industry, lots of fake motivational Speakers using them as pawns, lots of roads and hotels and stuff they will discover has nothing to do with their own progress as individuals(lots of them will never have cars to drive on those roads or money to sleep in the hotels), Cult-politicians dashing them money and every single person aspiring to become a politician,spending their lives praising and kneeling in front of others for their own livelihood, a land in which you could be killed at the blink of an eye for the sake of a sick person’s ego ! 
Inside this story the Governor’s Super Pension Bill is passed for the joy and praise of the lost youth and lost generation of people who think it is normal to stay at home without a job at the age of thirty; just hustling daily !!!

They insult, blackmail, spite and hold in contempt diaspora because of the manifestation of the greedy ones in our midst. They wish they could harm those  who are outspoken and fighting to stop the corruption that has rendered Akwa Abasi Ibom State an African version of China(Nice Infrastructure full of poor people).

No you tell me, you guys have evolved to the point in which you are killing old men and going after their children and what’s left ?? You guys have evolved into people that laugh at other people’s misfortune based on a total breakdown of law and order and you think, you can escape from such widespread chaos for too long ? 

Mark my words, as the blood spills for whatever excuse(elections, ego, ignorance), so will most of you walk on those hot dry roads of Uncommon Transformation wondering why there are no jobs or opportunities and that’s when God will remind you that you should forget about breakthrough because the land is steeped in people’s blood. Rather go and dance for your friend, the Cult-politician and see if he will give you something for breakfast !

RELEASE ALBERT UKPANAH’S SON
RELEASE ALBERT UKPANAH’S SON
RELEASE ALBERT UKPANAH’S SON

Clayton Bane Udoh, Mesa, Arizona.

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