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2023: APC SHOULD BE GUIDED BY HISTORY (There can never be politics without history) #PoliticsOfMurdering

24 Mar
Dost thou still bemoan thy fall
And think thy weary self undone?
Think again, O mortal man,
And know that since this world began
Men and stars have fallen low
And living things have ceased to grow
– DENNIS OSADEBAY
 
The year, 2023, is still far, and the politics of that year is still in the embryo, why then should one start beating the drum now? For the first time in my life I have to align with the thought of the Akwa Ibom State PDP Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo who recently issued a statement against the commencement of 2023 campaign by some politicians when the 2019 dispensation is yet to be inaugurated.
 
But then, the Ibibio people say, “NDUNÓÑÑÓ ITEM EFERE ÓFÓN KE OWO MM’ISINNE IKPAÑ”. I would not dare say what I’m going to say here if I’ve not learnt from history, and if I am not bent on seeing that majority of our people, especially those I happen to share a party platform with, benefit from the lessons of history. I have always said, and I am still of the opinion, that POLITICS CANNOT BE PLAYED WELL WITHOUT HISTORY. For example, if a party repeats the mistakes it did in 2019 in 2023 failure is her other name because no miracle can give her victory.
 
I wish APC well, hence I must say this: 8 years ago, the founders and founding members of the “Broom Party” in Akwa Ibom State were ambushed at Ikot Ekpene after series of threats were issued by the likes of Chief Sunny Ibanga (who circumstances and or Providence has brought into the very party he was against). Some of us were killed; some were wounded. Yours truly had to run from Ikot Ekpene to Uyo. In fact, how I did it I can’t recall, but I remember vividly that the bus I boarded was razed to ashes. I witnessed how people were killed. Majority of those who planned and executed the inhuman act are now in the APC, including the beneficiaries of the act. Chief Godswill Akpabio was the beneficiary in chief!
 
The doyen of Nigerian history, Professor Obaro Ikime, in his latest book, titled: “CAN ANYTHING GOOD COME OUT OF HISTORY?”, published in 2018, says “… the historian does not ply this profession in vacuo. He or she does not write for writing sake! He or she writes knowing that what he or she writes is of value to his or her nation….” He goes on to say that “the value of History is, in a sense, eternal. The issues which the historian decides to concentrate on are thrown up by the challenges which confront the society in which he or she lives….” The history I want my party to rely on as we are coasting to 2023 is the mayhem of March 22, 2011, where those in Akwa Ibom State Government then wanted to kill the progressives in their bid to crush opposition in the State. Blood was the feature of Akwa Ibom State and her politics. Kidnapping and assassination were the only HEADLINE NEWS from and or in Akwa Ibom State. From 2007, the Governor then, through the promptings of some so-called men of God who admonished that “a king must kill to maintain his throne”, was akin to Idi Amin of Uganda. There was no peace in Akwa Ibom State. I was always in hiding. Even some of my supposed colleagues did not know me because I needed to disguise to fight that war in the way I can.
 
Should our party, the APC forget this history? Why should they forget that Senator John Udoedehe was almost killed in Ikot Ekpene? Why should they forget that Mrs. Justina Udoedehe was almost killed in her Ikot Inyang hometown in Ikot Ekpene? Should they forget Group Captain Sampson Ewang who was humiliated by some of those who recently swarmed into the party? How can they forget that Mandators (Victor Essiet) almost lost his life for this same cause? In fact, it is still a shock to me because his car was attacked and destroyed by thugs… Don’t they know that a lot of people are in the grave prematurely because of this party? This brazen fight against history in our party, or this pretence to forget history in a hurry, is the reason we keep moving around, and or within, a circle – And we may continue to do so if the Nannies’ meal is again given to the dogs in 2023. The people are watching… They are not fools!
 
At this point, may I use this medium to pray that the soul of those killed in Ikot Ekpene on March 22, 2011, for daring to campaign to free this State from bondage and political ineptitude rest in peace! And may the souls of those killed in Ibiono Ibom, too, two days before that of Ikot Ekpene, also rest in peace. May those killed in that inglorious era rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ… Amen!Image may contain: 2 people, people sittingImage may contain: 1 person, sunglasses, hat and outdoorImage may contain: 1 person, outdoorImage may contain: one or more people and people standing

#WorthyLEGACY OF OBONG VICTOR #ATTAH

2 Aug

 

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Attah received meager N800m monthly allocations and was able to performed the following :

(1)increased workers salaries 3 times in 8yrs.

(2) revamped the moribund champion breweries and privatizated it for the state interest

(3) Constructed a 4 land dual carriage -Edet Akpan avenue,
Atiku Abubakar way,
Nsikak Eduok avenue,
Dualized Udo Udoma avenue,
Dualized Oron road to Airport,
Dualized Nwainba road down to Le Meridian
Dualized Abak road to Ekom Iman junction and constructed a state of the act bridge in Ibakwa,
Rehabited/tarred internal roads and streets in the state capital and other environs

(4) Constructed brand new 4 General hospitals which include that of Abak, INI, Okobo LGA and Orukanam

(5) constructed a low cost housing unit in all the Federal constituencies of Akwa Ibom State

(6) initiated/built Airport, seaport, Science park, State University, Ibaka industrial free trade zone, Ibom Plaza, 4 new world class standard motor parks in Mbiabong, Itam, Ikot Akpe and Nung Oku.

(7) Rehabilitated the Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat to a world class working environment, Rehabilitated all the primary and secondary schools across the state.

(8) Constructed water-board drilling & processing facilities in all the LGAs.

(9) Initiated Rice farms in ONNA, INI and IKONO in corroborating with world bank but unfortunately its now abandoned by succeeding governments .

(10) fought and Achieved a 13% oil derivation benefits for all the 9 states that made up the Niger Delta through the abrogation of onshore/offshore dichotomy.

11) Empowered local contractors/ construction companies, urging them to aspire to become multi Nationals .

12. Built and equipped Akpan Andem Market in Uyo to reduce traffic congestion along Ibom plaza .

13. Built Shelter Afrique Estate and security villages in all the 31 local government areas in the state

14. Built Industrial layout in mbak itam were we have the timber market and other, opened ring roads.

15. trained indigines graduates abroad (some) are now lecturers at AK University.

16. Built Banking layout, established peacpark and Brought Nigeria stock exchange to uyo, akwa savings and loans

17. Built the independent power plant at Ikot Abasi .

18 constructed Internal roads in Nsit Atai,and the Nung Udoe Ikot Oku ubo Eket Road
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Indeed, Arc, (Obong). Victor Bassey Udo Adiaha Attah, is a living legend worthy of emulation.

You can add other achievements

So Uncle Clement Ikpatt, The #ConMan has no Shame?

21 Jul

By Atuekong Paul Bassey

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It is disheartening and unfortunate for a Man who once lived in a comfortable glass house to now throw stones of frustration and bitterness.

Uncle, you wrote that Governor Udom is Controversial and dishonest??? 
Yet he was awarded Integrity and National Service award in the banquet hall of Aso rock presidential villa? Maybe dishonesty also flows in Aso Rock. But talking fact, when a man like Uncle Clement Ikpatt who has an incurable diarrhea of the mouth speaks about dishonesty you can clearly see he is trying to justify the monies he gets from his paymaster

Governor Udom is Uncountable???
Oh really Uncle, did you succeed in running that your ‘Spring Garden’ business kiosk? Seriously, this is why you don’t know what an audited financial statement means.
Has Federal Govt that’s is led by an anti-corruption warrior published a similar document to show how Nigeria’s monies are spent? Has any APC Gov published?

Governor Udom is Youth Unfriendly????
Yet he has trained over 20,000 youths in various skills in just 3years? Empowered and encouraged youths to seek self-discovery in sports? Employed numerous youths through the extended value chain flowing from industrialization; tourism and agriculture endeavors, likewise sending youth for training in Turkey?

Uncle, we understand your pains and readiness to satisfy your NDDC paymaster, but don’t you have an iota of shame?

Group moves against mother who burned daughter with electric iron for stealing N200

7 Jul

Comfort, as she was on Thursday 
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By Itoro BASSEY

A middle-aged woman, Aniedi Etim Akpan, is now talking to members of the Norms Restoration Movement, a group against child abuse, after inflicting serious injuries on her 10-year old daughter, Comfort Usen Okon, for stealing N200, the sum which is less than a dollar.

President of the group, Mr. David John, told Propeller Newspaper, Friday, that investigation had begun into the case, noting that Aniedi’s action was against the rule of law.

John vowed that his organization would do “everything humanly possible” to sanction those responsible for the “ugly and heart touching act”.

Propeller Newspaper gathered on Thursday that Aniedi, an indigene of Ibiaku Itam in Itu local government area of Akwa Ibom State, had plugged an electric iron and pressed the hot surface on Comfort’s body, injuring her on the right leg and face.

The incident was said to have happened immediately after the woman discovered that her money was missing early on Thursday morning.

Aniedi, it was also gathered, left for the Itam market for her trading business after committing the act, leaving the hapless girl to suffer the pains she inflicted on her.

It was the girl’s stepfather who took her to a nearby pharmacy along Calabar/Itu Road for treatment, the place where this reporter met her on the day of the incident.

“She beat me, stripped me naked and dragged me on the floor. The flat stick she uses to cut vegetables was the object she use to hit me on my face and I got injured by my right eye, Comfort said.

“She later plugged the electric iron and pressed it on my face and leg; she did this like four times”, she added.

When this reporter visited the house where Comfort lives with her mother, her step father, whose name could not be ascertained at press time, and a woman who said she was the little girl’s elder sister, said that the missing money was stolen by her, and that she deserved the “punishment”.

The victim, a Primary 5 pupil of RCM Group School, near Itam Itam Police Divisional Headquarters, was still dressed in her school uniform and had not taken breakfast as at 11.30 am on Thursday.

It was this reporter who bought a loaf of bread and a bottle Coca-Cola so that she could eat something before being administered with what the pharmacy attendant called “inflammatory injection” to stop the pain.

Although Comfort denied stealing her mother’s money, she told Propeller Newspaper that anytime money gets missing from her step father’s pocket or in the house, the theft would be attributed to her.

Comfort has an elder sister who is not of the same father as her. Other children who live in the compound had either gone to the market or school at the time this reporter visited.

Shortly after the minor treatment, Comfort willingly led this reporter to her biological father, Usen Okon Etukudoh, a bricklayer who lives just close to where his daughter lives with her mother.

As soon as the girl and this reporter approached her father’s compound at Ikot Ekang Item, very close to Ibiaku Itam, she stopped and pointed out Usen in the group of people who were there.

Usen was visibly angry with seeing injuries on the girl’s face. He said that his daughter had opted to stay with her mother after their separation some years back, but that he would stab his former “wife” with pieces of a broken bottle if anything happens to his daughter.

“Comfort is Aniedi’s second daughter, and the only child she has for me. We were never married. I used to live in her father’s compound as a tenant when her pregnancy occurred ten years ago.

“I have four children now with my current wife. If she comes to live with me, then they will be five altogether. I didn’t ask her to leave my house, she was the one who opted to stay with her mother.

“Whatever wrongdoing that caused her to be treated that way was what she learned from her mother’s house. I have previously warned the woman about this type of maltreatment, I will personally stab her with a broken bottle if something dangerous happens to my child”, Usen said in vernacular.

No one was found at home when this reporter, together with Mr. John of Norms Restoration Movement, visited both houses of Comfort’s parents on Friday morning at exactly 8.45 am. The girl was said to have gone to school at the time.

When the team arrived RCM Group School where neighbours said Comfort would be found, a picture of her taken with a smart mobile phone with the injuries covered with sticking plaster was shown to the headteacher for identification.

After identifying the child, the headteacher led the team to the school’s Primary 5 classroom, but Comfort was absent. It was a promotional examination period. Her classmates said she was also absent on Thursday.

The headteacher, who expressed sadness over Comfort’s condition, said it was not the first time he had noticed injuries and burns on her body.

He said his effort to look into the matter in the past had been unsuccessful because it was only her mother who usually brought her to school.

A request was further made to trace Comforts mother, Aniedi, and the school’s headteacher accepted and released a teacher and Comfort’s friend, the duo who led the team to where her mother trades in the Itam market.

When finally found in one of the shades at the market, Aniedi, after she was shown pictures of Comfort with injuries and plaster on her face, admitted that the girl is her daughter. She appeared unperturbed about the girl’s condition.

The woman who trades in the local gin known as ‘ogogoro’, mixed with herbs, told this reporter that her daughter had been stealing her money several times and that she had to teach her a lesson she would never forget.

Both Aniedi and Usen were served letters of invitation to appear at the Uyo office of Norms Restoration Movement for further findings.

It was observed late on Friday evening that the woman who earlier identified herself as Aniedi’s elder sister also sells ogogoro at the Ikot Ekwere-Itam junction, just by the Motorcycle Park.

one of her customers, unconscious of this reporter’s mission at her marketplace, alleged that Comfort might have been sexually abused in her mother’s compound.

Obong Attah Slams Akpabio …Says Pension Law is Fraudulent.

31 May

 Ex-Gov. Attah attacks Akpabio over scandalous pension law: Says “Publish what you pay me”

Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Victor Attah, has challenged the incumbent, Governor Godswill Akpabio, to publish how much he has paid him (Mr. Attah) and past leaders of the state as pension.

Ex-Governor Attah

This followed claims by Mr. Akpabio that the government had been spending huge resources in taking care of former governors as well as deputy governors and their spouses.

Mr. Attah, who spoke in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Friday, also berated journalists, especially those who recently interviewed the Akwa Ibom state governor, for not asking Mr. Akpabio pertinent questions about his management of the state resources.

He said, “If Godswill Akpabio says he conceived the new law to put a ceiling to the expenses made on previous leaders of the state, somebody should have had the guts to ask him how much he has been paying to the past leaders.

“You journalists are afraid of Godswill Akpabio and that is why you have always shied away from asking some pertinent questions.”

Governor Akpabio, who appeared on a breakfast show on Channels Television earlier in the day had described as laughable, the criticisms that have trailed the new law that would enable him earn over N200 million as pension annually.

Mr. Akpabio said, “It’s a laughable situation that people generate controversy over the pension law. The law has been in existence in Akwa Ibom State. I am the one implementing it.

“I know what I am talking about and because I wear the shoe, I know where it pinches. All the former elected governors and their deputies have been enjoying the pension. The pension was first established in 2000 and was further amended with certain provisions added in 2006.”
While explaining the general principles of the new law, he said, “It’s really not a retroactive law, neither is it a new law. It is an existing law that went through amendment.

He noted that the old law was open-ended in terms of benefits payable to past governors, deputies and their spouses.

He said, “We had a situation where bills from former deputies and their spouses worth N29 million were brought from several hospitals they claimed they went for treatment abroad.

“Because the bill did not specify whether the hospital should be in Nigeria or not, most of what I have seen in the past seven years has been bills from hospitals abroad.”

In the course of implementing the existing law, Mr. Akpabio said some former governors and their deputies have brought bills ranging from $50,000, $70,000, and sometimes $112,000.

He argued that it was against decorum to question the medical bills of past leaders on grounds that there are high, and mentioned an instance where a former leader requested for funds to hire an airline to take his spouse for treatment abroad.

But Mr. Attah, who sounded angry said, “Why don’t you people ask him how much the state has paid to its past leaders? Why don’t you people ask him how much has been paying to Obong Attah and others?
“I don’t like it when journalists always come to ask me about what is wrong in Akwa Ibom State instead of asking Godswill Akpabio.

“He is the one who said he has been paying so much to past governors and wanted to put ceiling on what is paid out to check wastage of public funds. Those who interviewed him should have asked him to mention just how much he has paid so far.

“They didn’t ask him such questions; they didn’t ask him to clarify on the projects he said he has been carrying out in the state.
“I don’t have anything to tell you since you do not have the guts to ask Governor Akpabio to present proofs of what he has been paying to past leaders of the state.

“You journalists should go and look at the law critically and ask him whether Obong Attah has been enjoying any of the benefits provided for in the law.

“You should also ask him whether he built a retirement home for me either in Uyo or Abuja. Ask him to tell you how much he has been paying to Obong Attah as retirement package after I left office.

“These are questions Akpabio should answer and should provide verifiable records to Akwa Ibom people and Nigerians. Journalists should stop asking me questions they should ordinarily ask Governor Godswill Akpabio. I want to enjoy my retirement in peace.”

Mr. Attah said journalists should stop using him as a shield against their inability to confront Governor Akpabio to tell them the truth about what is happening in Akwa Ibom State.

Culled from Premiumtimes

Another Lamentation from AIDN Scammed Victim ~ Patriotism turns to Regret.

11 Mar

By Clayton “Bane” Udoh

“If you think that Akwa Ibom people should just forget about seeking justice the respectful way and continue to be ignored by their rulers (because someone has built highway overpasses), then get ready for even greater shocking behavior. “………

Clement Ikpatt

 

There is a famous story. The crab was telling its kids to walk straight . Then the child replied ,” Mommy could you walk for us to see ?” Then the Mommy crab said, ” Alright and please take a lesson from my example! ” then she began to walk sideways and exclaimed , ” I cannot believe what is happening!” Then walked sideways straight into her hole .

 

Respect is a two way street and being an elder is not a license for wayward behavior. Now that corruption and criminal behavior has become a way of life ,the abuse of power and the institutionalization of sycophancy. Some of us will push the system to equilibrium by refusing  to think like goats.

 

A bird said to the fellow bird ,” As hunters have learnt to shoot without missing ,so have I learnt to fly without perching”  . As elders have decided to sell their souls and abuse their power without conscience ,so have we learnt to call them out without blinking.

 

In Diaspora here there are two schools of thought. Elders are to be respected no matter the despicable behavior they exhibit and there is another in which if elders cannot respect themselves then we shall call them out.

Aniekan Umanah, AKS Info Commissioner

 

However for the uneducated moron ,historically is the crown or position of power a right or privilege? What exactly constitutes the mechanics of power ? Is there a dynamic in which the ruler agrees to rule and the people accept to be ruled ?  Is it a modified form of slavery in which you have no say in the extent of the power being wielded on your behalf ?  The mechanics of power is simple, the people’s acceptance of the ruler is the substrate in which they operate on. Minus that the ruler ceases to be legitimate. Ghaddafi , Mubarak,Nixon and countless rulers thru the ages have realized sadly and too late that their  power is based on the acceptance of the people.

Failure even in ancient times to realize this principle led to the fall of kings and emperors.  Kings like Charles the First were hanged a mile high as an example to the realm on what the abuse of power brings .

 

 

The pre-colonial blueprint for the West African sub-region by our colonial masters was a system that demanded for absolute subservient behavior . This was to ensure a smooth “slavery” of the people for their ruling pleasure. It was passed on to subsequent generations while the  country of origins of the colonial masters were going thru revolutions and upheavals that led to drastic reformation of their societies and their civilizations at large.

Now fast forward to this day and age , the uneducated moron still abides by the mentality passed onto us by our colonial masters which has led to the retrogression of our society based on one rule ” Oga can do no wrong”. Meanwhile in the land of our Colonial Masters the abusive ruler is quickly removed from office.

 

So let the Bat, not question the Hawk on the merits of his flight techniques because afterall the Bat only flies in the night ! Let nobody question a person on what has he done lately for Akwa Ibom State when he/she has done nothing lately for the state also. Thereby creating an atmosphere in which wrong doing cannot be scrutinized and questioned. Thereby creating a pseudo class of “untouchables” . Thereby creating the breakdown of law and order as we see in Nigeria because the whole land is infested with “untouchables” !

 

This principle was understood by the women involved in the 1929 Ikot Abasi riots. The system was betrayed by the Colonial Masters and consort of native chiefs working in tandem to produce an unnecessary burden on the people. The women reacted quickly even if their chiefs thought that the action of the Colonial Masters was ok.

Nowadays based on the utterances of certain individuals on the Internet we have men who are far weaker than these heroic women but they call themselves men. She-men who are swayed by every demonstration of power and administration no matter how negative and damning it is to the social fabric of the society. She-men whose greed is so intense that they do not have the bravery like true moral leaders and true rulers would, to question abnormalities like murder,kidnapping,looting,embezzlement and the defrauding of innocent members of Diaspora by organizations they belonged to (AIDN).

 

Let Bats not question Hawks anymore

 

Clayton “Bane” Udoh

Mesa,AZ

 

Akwa Ibom Global Fraud Network: Another Lamentation.

11 Mar

 

Liberty Voice in an effort and promise to clean-up the A’Ibom government stinky system and deliver our brothers and sisters from the hands of organised banditry under the cover of a notorious fraud  organisation known as Akwa Ibom Diaspora Network (AIDN) which her finances is  oversee by Three Amigos Mr. Clement Ikpatt, Bar. Uduak Ukpe and Mr. Aniekan Umana, one fake lawyer Ata Ikiddeh Those named are close Allies to Akwa Ibom State Gov. Mr. Godswill Obot Akpabio who is the Chief financier and sponsor of the group through the state purse ( taxpayer funds).

 

BELOW IS ANOTHER LAMENTATION FROM A PATRIOTIC AKWA IBOM WOMAN. UNFORTUNATELY HER PATRIOTISM TURNS TO REGRET. read on…

Hon commissioner of information,
Members of global secretariat,
Presidential advisory committee,

I have decided to broaden the list of recipients of this mail to include the above mentioned individuals.
Thanks Mary Umoh for this mail. I was going to send one before I got yours.
I have in the last few days tried to contact Mr Clement Ikpatt, but has been unsuccessful.
I want to use this opportunity to thank AIDN and the Government of Akwa Ibom state for the financial distress they have put me through. I am not a politician, I work my butt off for every penny. Why the government? I was told that as soon the government releases money I will be paid back the credit card charges I made about  eight months ago. A credit card that I have not used for nearly 4 years. I only brought it out as a show of patriotism.
I did this for the love of the government of Akwa Ibom state, and now this.

I am aware that members of the global secretariat had a scheduled visit with the Governor, HE Chief Godswill Akpabio in December. During that meeting, it was brought to the notice of the governor that AIDN was still owing money to certain individuals from the cancelled Germany conference, and the governor said he  gave the sum of 10 million Naira for that. My question is where did 10 million Naira go? Is Clement Ikpatt, Uduak Ukpeh or the Hon.Commisioner of information aware of this?
Shame on the leadership of AIDN for betraying my trust.
I want the global secretariat and the presidential advisory committee to take immediate action and refund the sum of $11,560 being the amount of money I am being owed at this time.

Christy Mkpouto Egwunye.

 

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