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2015: Akpabio’s Exco Endorsement: The Humiliation of Udom Emmanuel

3 Mar

2015: Akpabio’s Exco Endorsement: The Humiliation of Udom Emmanuel

The much hyped Akpabio’s support for his SSG, Mr. Udom Emmanuel suffered a major setback on Monday, February 24, 2015 when Akpabio’s bid to rubber stamp his anointing in the State Exco hit the rock. A very dependable source in the state executive council told Weekend Insight that the governor had in a well rehearsed action plan, prompted Mr. Don Etim, his commissioner for Works to arrange for the cabinet to make a formal endorsement of Udom as the sole candidate of his government for the position.
The state Executive Council after their deliberations settled for three, instead of the preferred wholesale endorsement for Udom. The three that scaled the huddle include Udom Emmanuel, Effiong Abia and Ekpenyong Ntekim. All the commissioners and Special Advisers to the Governor signed the endorsement document, with the exception of Mr. Bassey Albert, the commissioner for Finance, said to be also interested in the governorship position. Our source said that Mr. Bassey Albert Akpan failed to make it to the venue of the meeting, thus ensuring that he withstood the likely pressure on him to endorse the document.
Soon after the idea of endorsement leaked to members, those not in support of the SSG were said to have gone to work to scuttle the arrangement. Cashing in on the rift between Akpabio’s relation, Mr. Emem Akpabio and the SSG, those opposed to Udom made a frantic effort to align with Emem Akpabio, who moved swiftly.
Major Annang leaders, especially the traditional institutions were contacted and they came up with the reason why an Ibibio would not be the right choice at the moment. The leadership of Ati-Annang, Nto Afe Annang, were mobilized to pile pressure on the governor to ensure that an Oron Man emerges. They cautioned Akpabio on the need to ensure that the Annang ethnic group moves as a block to support an Oron in the collective interest of the minorities in the state. They insisted that an Ibibio would not ensure the type of equity that is being propagated at the moment, adding that their best interest would be served by an Oron candidature, which would ensure that all the major ethnic groups in the state had tasted power. They reasoned further that a minority rule would further ensure that ethnic equality is maintained in the state, which would in turn ensure that when next power moves back to Ikot Ekpene, there would be no agitation for the Ibibios of Ikono/Ini to upstage them.
Their argument sounded good to an Akpabio that was already confused on the growing discontent about the marketability of Udom Emmanuel, whom many consider as an outsider in the political scene.
Our source pointed out that the resolve of the governor on Udom had been weakened over time. He noted that despite the attempt of the SSG to put words into the mouth of Akpabio at his thanksgiving service at ONNA when the governor was about to make his speech, the governor took his time to evade the prompt. He said that Akpabio was merely reacting to the unfavourable repot coming from the field among those already appointed to sell the SSG in the various local government areas.
Our source, who craved for anonymity equally drew Weekend Insight’s attention to the recent PDP award ceremony in Ukana, where it took the crowd shouting for Udom to make his speech, before the SSG was recognized to speak. He said that the Akpabio Family had already lost interest in Udom, and that accounted for the cold war between the man and Sir Emem Akpabio. He further revealed that Udom himself was already getting fed up with the whole political play. He was said to have complained to close associates of the amount of money already being spent on the project, without the promised assistance from the state.
Akpabio’s latest move has continued to generate interest in the polity. Some question the propriety of cabinet members signing endorsement for people still serving in government, when last year the governor told the world that he sacked his former SSG because “he was defending the constitution” against declaration by serving cabinet members.

E.X.P.O.S.ED! 2015 Election: Udom Takes Fetish Oath (Mbiam) To Protect Akpabio After Exit

15 Feb

By Usen Anietie.

Udom Emmanuel in a cult regalia ready to take a fetish oath (mbiam)

Udom Emmanuel in a cult regalia ready to take a fetish oath (mbiam)

Report has emerged that the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, Mr Udom Emmanuel was last week forced to take a local fetish oath known as mbiam to protect the Akwa Ibom State governor Chief Godswill Akpabio  from  prosecution, ranging from money laundry, political murders and abduction after his exit in May 29, 2015. The oath which was allegedly administered in Akpabio’s country home, Ukana in Essien Udom Local Government Area.

One of the witnesses who preferred anonymity said the ritual which took place in night inside Akpabio’s compound was witnessed by few members of the governor’s loyalist. “Of course, you know that the governor is hell-bent on installing someone whom he can trust and such trust must come from oath-taking. It is not a new issue. It is common with politicians not only in this state; such should not surprise you.” The witness said.

He revealed that the chief priest who administered the oath was brought from another state and his face was painted with charcoal and wore red garment may be to conceal his identity to avoid anyone to contact him thereafter.   He added that not only the SSG alone was given the oath; other five cabinet members equally took the oath with pledge of allegiance to support the SSG for gubernatorial seat. And that there was a concoction which went round for all who pledged the loyalty of working to ensure that the SSG becomes the governor. The concoction was a mixture of human blood, olive oil, raw animal parts and other things that do not worth for print.

The source maintained the main reason for administering the oath was based on the premise that Akpabio is scared of any judicial commission which might be set up to investigate the high scale of fraud, political assassination and kidnapping which Akpabio’s government has gained notoriety for. He expressed fear that the political killings and kidnapping which preceded the Akwa Ibom State general election in 2011 might be re-enacted to scare any opposing force against Akpabio wish.

“You see, the governor is concerned that after his departure, some of his for aids may turn to work against his interest. He therefore, wants to ensure that, he keeps someone whom he can trust, control and possibly gives the hands to govern the state by proxy for at least three to four years after his exit. Of course, you know he is desperate about that. That’s why he kicks out any body that he suspects might work strongly against his wish or interest. And don’t be surprised to see the resurgence of political kidnapping and killing taking place in the state again…” The informant ventured.

2015 Election: “We’ll resist imposition of governorship in Akwa Ibom” -Uyo Traditional Council

6 Jan



Also speaking at the occasion, the Clan Head of Offot Ukwa, Etebom Silvanus Okon, described Prof. King as a respectful son who deemed it necessary to visit his fathers first before embarking on his mission to become governor.
Etebom Okon who expressed happiness that Prof. King is an in-law of Uyo people urged him to go about his campaigns depending on God, saying only God gives power.
He said the Uyo Traditional Council support his aspiration while urging Prof King not to engage in blackmail and violence.
According to the traditional ruler, the people of Uyo will support a free and fair election warning that any attempt to impose a governorship candidate on the people of Uyo will fail.
He said: “We will not sit here and allow anybody impose a governor on us. We will look at all our sons and daughters from Ibibio land and then when we find and aspirant with the right qualities for the office of governor, we will support him.”
He explained that imposition of a governorship aspirant will lead to mortgaging the destinies of the people.
His words: “What this imposition means is that if governor puts his successor on the seat, the successor will take all matters of the state to him before anything is done.
“It means that before a commissioners’ list is approved, the beneficiary of the ex-governor’s so called kindness will take the list to him and only those who the ex-governor wants will be appointed. How will people’s rights be protected in this situation.”
Etebom Okon expressed dissatisfaction that the traditional institution has been badly treated and that monarchs were no longer willing to allow anyone shortchange the destinies of over four million Akwa Ibom people on the altar of selfishness.

Two female senators declare 2015 governorship ambition

12 Dec

By Kathlene Ekpeyoung

Helen EsueneAisha HassanTwo female Senators -Messrs Helen Esuene (PDP Akwa Ibom South) and Aisha Al-Hassan (PDP Taraba North)- on Wednesday declared their ambition to contest the 2015 governorship election in their respective states.

They declared their intention at a joint news conference held at the National Assembly.

The Senators said they had decided to throw their hats into the race in their different states to complement the efforts men had been making over the years in the same capacity.

They also pledged to  ”bring about more impactful governance on citizens of the states as far as genuine development was concerned.”

Esuene said, “We are not saying we are better than men that have been occupying these positions over the years in the two states and infact across the 36 states of the federation.

“We are only saying as responsible women, we shall be less distracted in office like any of the men that had served in that capacity with attendant highly focused and development-driven governance.

“Our efforts would no doubt take our states to greater heights in all ramifications.

Al-Hassan, who attributed their successes in the Senate as female lawmakers to the Almighty God and the press,  solicited for more support from the press on their ambitions.

Kathlene Ekpeyoung
Lagos, Nigeria

Akwa Ibom State Politics: Godswill Akpabio’s Strategy for 2015 Election

13 Oct

By Thompson Essien

Udom Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom State New SSG

Udom Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom State New SSG

Godswill Akpabio is laying the ground-work for his successor. It’s no longer a secret that he wants a politically unknown person (Udom Emmanuel) to succeed him. But what Akpabio has never discussed in public is who will be the running-mate of Udom Emmanuel.

Reliable sources have confirmed that in the wee hours of October 9, 2013, a meeting was held at the residence of Emem Akpabio. Among those in attendance were all members of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly (AKSHA) of Annang extraction and all the Annang Local Chairmen.

Reports have confirmed that a fresh oath (mbiam) was administered to all the attendees by the Chief Whip of AKSHA—-Elder Emmanuel Akpan. The oath commanded them to pledge allegiance to the Udom Emmanuel in order to frustrate the emergence of a stronger Ibibio candidate from Uyo, or anywhere else.

At the meeting, the attendees, who were all indigenes of Annang, were persuaded to inform people in their respective Wards to support the emergence of an Annang person as the next Deputy Governor of AKS because, according to them, the Annangs cannot afford to be out of power for eight (8) years.

It was immediately decided that Emmanuel Enoidem, who was also at the meeting, should be supported as a running mate or a Deputy to Udom Emmanuel.

At the end of the meeting, each of the attendees was given N2.5 million. It has also been confirmed that very soon, a similar meeting of all the PDP Wards in the entire State will be convened.

Essien writes from Portland, Oregon
Follow-up Notes:
Nobody is mudslinging Udom. Ibibio people have learned a lesson; we are not going to allow any mad man to impose on us another square peg in a round hole. We cannot afford Akpabio coming to kill Ibibio people and then turn around to thumb his chest that it is an Ibibio person who is the governor.

It may interest you to know that Ibibio people are working behind the scene to bring one of its own, who will be a consensus candidate of the Ibibio, chosen by the Ibibio, to represent the Ibibio.

Akpabio is an Annang man, let him go and chose one of his own people to come and contest for the governorship. Ibibio people do not want and do not appreciate his patronizing attitude.

Akpabio can go to hell. At the appropriate time, Ibibio will foist its own candidate and when the right time comes, every Ibibio people will rally around whoever he or she may be. When there is a united strength, money becomes trivial. If money could have been a surety for attaining the governorship, Umana Okon Umana would never have parted company with Satan Akpabio.

No we are talking about collective strength of the people. When there is an existence of such strength, no individual can break through. Remember, Akwa Ibom State is too big for Akpabio and I think the time has come to let Akpabio realize this fact.

Mr. Udom has done no wrong? Well, let that be regarded as entitled opinion.

But there is an old adage which says that show me your friend and I can easily tell who you are.

When Akpabio was killing, kidnapping, and assassinating the Ibibio what did Udom say? When Akpabio was laundering Akwa Ibom State money, was it not Udom who used his position at Zenith Bank to facilitate all the transactions for Akpabio?

Udom Emmanuel is Akpabio’s stooge. Who wants a stooge as a governor?

2015 – DON’T RUN, Abubakar Baraje led NEW PDP tells Jonathan

25 Sep


The Abubakar Baraje led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan not to seek re-election in 2015.

The faction said it decided to advise Jonathan after reviewing the state of the nation and the pulse of Nigerians on his ambition to contest the poll, saying doing so would be against the interest of the country and its people.


In a statement issued on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Chukwuemeka Eze, the party noted that the President has given enough clue of his intention to run, even although he has not declared it openly.


“The latest of such clues came on Sunday in New York, United States. Speaking at a luncheon with Nigerian professionals in the U.S, President Jonathan insisted that he is eligible to contest in 2015 as we have a constitution that makes a provision for a maximum of eight years for anyone who wants to become a president or a governor,” the faction said.


Baraje observed that the President had made a similar statement in April 2012, in an affidavit in response to a suit instituted at an Abuja High Court by a PDP chieftain, Cyriacus Njoku, seeking to stop him from contesting the 2015 presidential election.


“We are worried that Mr. President is intent on running despite his earlier promise not to do so and in spite of the wise counsel of well-meaning Nigerians, including respected elder statesmen.

The faction reminded Jonathan of a statement he made in Ankara, Turkey in February 2011, during an interactive session with Nigerians and diplomats working in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU).


The statement quoted Jonathan thus: “I would have loved that the Nigerians in Diaspora vote this year (2011) but to be frank with you, that is going to be difficult now. Presently, the law does not allow the voting outside Nigeria and so this year Nigerians in Diaspora will not vote but I will work towards it by 2015 even though I will not be running for election.”

It also quoted the President to have said further, “Four years is enough for anyone in power to make significant improvement and if I can’t improve on power within this period, it then means I cannot do anything even if I am there for the next four years.”


The faction said there was no way the President could deny his own statements at this point in time, since he failed to deny the statements over the past two years.


“How does Mr. President want Nigerians and the entire world to see him for this volte face? Why can’t he keep his words as a man of honour instead of allowing himself to be misled by selfish advisers to go back on his words, thereby overheating the polity,” the statement added.

2015 Election: ”The Next Governor Will Come Fom Eket Senatorial District” Gov Akpabio

5 Sep


By Essien UbongImage

  Governor Godswill Akpabio yesterday on Akwa Ibom State (AKBC) Radio and  TV   officially  declared that for equity and fairness to reign in the tripod state of Akwa  Ibom, the next Governor of the state will no doubt come from Eket Senatorial District (ESD). The governor stressed that all the parts of Akwa Ibom State are stakeholders and it was unfair to jettison one part of the state when comes to political power play in the state. 

”Akwa Ibom State has three senatorial district of which Uyo has produced a governor and I am a governor from Ikot Ekpene senatorial District, therefore we need to be fair with action to ensure unity in prevailed in our dear state and make the other senatorial district got it fair share as a stakeholder and potential contributor for the sustainability of growth and peace which we are very well noted for…” Akpabio emphasized.

About two weeks ago in far away Washington DC, where the Akwa Ibom State Association of Nigeria (AKISAN) organized it international convention, the governor had declared that it will wish his successor to come Eket Senatorial District . Akpabio is not resting in his oars with his strong view and call to ensure that his successor to the coveted Hilltop Mansion comes from the ESD. 


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