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Threat to Akpabio’s Life: Dr. Ime Umanah Wins Again.

6 Jul

BY NDON ASIAN

The Akwa Ibom State Government found itself at a cross road in the ongoing trial of Dr. Ime Sampson Umanah as Hon. Justice Ifiok Ukana ruled to reject the statement of the first accused person in the trial within trial. This is the second time that the same statement has been ruled upon and marked “rejected” in a second trial within trial.

Akpabio and Ime Umanah.

The first was by the Honourable State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Idongesit Ntem Isua, whose earlier ruling has now been vindicated. Hon. Justice Ukana in a detailed and very well considered ruling captured every argument, evidence led, cross examination and important issues relevant to arriving at the conclusion in the mini-trial. Much of what rendered the case of the state against Ime Umanah and Ikemesit Iyire in the trial within trial hopelessly doomed included evidence of what transpired at the place of arrest of DW 1 (Mr. Ikemesit Iyire) before the departure from Ikot Ekpene to Uyo and inside the bus, which were not challenged nor contradicted.

It is instructive to observe that throughout the trial within trial the state either failed or neglected to have any of the operatives who effected the arrest of the first accused testify as one of its witnesses.

Again, the Court noted that the only version of event which transpired before and after DW1 was taken before the state Director of SSS is that of DW1, concluding that the state failed to cross-examine DW1 in respect of his narration of the event, that is the meeting with the Director. “The prosecution is divided as to whether the two pages of the statement are in the same ink. There is no evidence from the prosecution particularly PW1 (Uche Nwokolo) who said he supervised the taking of the statement that as the statement was being written by DW1 he encountered problem with the writing material he was using.

That evidence should have come from him but he did not offer any such explanation”, the Court pointed out on the issue of different shades of ink on the two pages of the alleged confessional. On the mutilated date on the confessional statement form signed by PW 3 (DSP Moses Eno), the Court had the following to say, “I have looked at the said confessional statement form. Directly after PW3 signature is his rank DSP next to it is the mutilated date. It shows a superimposition of 5 on 3 with 2 in front of 5 to achieve 25.

Thereafter you find a doctoring of 0 to 1 with another 1 in front obviously to change 11 to 10, all to present to this Court 25/10/2010 as against 3/11/2010. I have said that every document speaks for itself. What the confessional statement form has spoken with respect to the date written by PW3 is that it is mutilated, changed from 3/11/2010 to 25/10/2010”. And for the second time PW3 was said not to be a truthful witness. “Using this to assess the evidence of PW3 is without wasting words, is to say that PW3 is not a witness of truth. I cannot believe him”, the Court noted.

On the urge by lead defense counsel, Samuel Ikpo Esq. that the Court should expunge the evidence of Uche Nwokolo from the record of proceedings in the trial within trial, Justice Ukana ruled that “PW1 was listed as a witness in the main trial to that extent he could be accommodated in the trial within a trial. However given his reaction to the statement filed along with the notice of additional evidence on 12/7/2013 where PW1 distanced himself from the statement credited to him PW1 cannot be the person through whom any document considered fit can be admitted as exhibit in the main trial”. In the end the Court held that, “Arising from the totality of the foregoing I hold that the statement of the 1st accused person who is DW1 in this trial which statement is dated 25/10/2010 was not voluntary. It was a product of inducement. If the statement of 25/10/2010 is not voluntary, the confessional statement form cannot validate it and cloth it with a toga of voluntariness given its own problem.

Consequently the statement credited to the 1st accused and dated 25/10/2010 and the confessional statement form shall both be marked rejected”. The ruling has not only laid to rest the controversy which surrounded the statement but has additionally limited the options of the state to four. The state may proceed to appeal in what may certainly amount to an exercise in delay and waste of time or it may continue into the main trial without any exhibit to found a conviction.

The state may also wish, as a face saving measure, to enter a nully prosecui through the Attorney General, to discontinue the case or commence the trial afresh in another Court, but this option may be impossible to explain to Court why there should be no end to litigation. Speaking shortly after the ruling one Daniel Uko from Abak among the many consistent faces that had followed this trial who spoke with Weekly Insight praised the boldness and forthrightness of the Judge whom he described as “very intelligent and acting without fear or favour”. Uko also praised the defense team particularly Samuel Ikpo Esq. and wondered why the government should not read “the handwriting on the wall and save itself from the embarrassment of losing after this many years in court”, to withdraw. The state was represented by Mary Okobo (Mrs) while Samuel Ikpo Esq led a team of seven layers for the defense.

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AKPABIO & THE HUNGRY ABAK BOYS.

6 Jul

By Clayton Udoh.

Godswill Obot Akpabio

Nobody had the guts to oppose Akpabio, everything he said or did was law , so what is his reason for not building one single viable project in Abak?  The people of Abak are so scared that they will thank those that killed their loved ones , so let people like me ask,” WHAT DID AKPABIO BUILD IN ABAK?”Airport ? Seaport? Stadium ? University ? Federal Polytechnic ? Industry?
Now that 2014  has reached the half year mark and we are going to 2015 . Let Godswill Akpabio show me one solid project he did for Abak.
I am fucking pissed off and really really angry. Enugu boys here in Phoenix, Arizona are spending money like water and enjoying their life courtesy of Unoma Akpabio and my question is simple: minus Aniekan Umanah and Enoidem and a few crumb eaters who has Akpabio really empowered in the Abak axis ? By the way Enoidem is not from Abak!
We hear about Onofiok Luke and others he has empowered and lifted up and other numerous Ibibio boys ( interesting that Ibibio has nothing good to say about Akpabio after the fact).
Where are all the Abak boys who use to fight me over rice and crumbs they were given ? They formed fictitious stories about me , photoshopped my pictures and hacked into my email accounts and other private property .  Have they seen now that all I said was correct and Akpabio did nothing for Abak and rather came and took the Senate seat from slugs like you?
All that a tout from Abak understands is money that is given to them to put in their pockets while the rest of the state is being developed .
Some of you God forsaken Abak people even combined with Essien Ndueso and Anieite Ekong and others to try and destroy me . All I am asking  today is a simple question, what was created for Abak? Millennium Hospital?  The new Hilton which is to be built ? E-Library ? Ibom Power Plant?  Le Meridien ?
You thought that it was OK? to run Dr Ime Umanah into exile so show me what was built in Abak!!!!!!!!!!!.
At this point Abak is the laughing stock of Annang.
In a million years ABAK can never dream of taking a Senate seat from Ikot Ekpene-Obot Akara-Essien Udim axis .
When touts represent a place what do we think will happen ? You guys want money right?
Money finishes , project lasts for ages ,so what project did he do in Abak that can employ people like at least the Airport ?
Look my life is good enough , no matter what sycophants like most of you did to destroy me . In the end , I could have said , to hell with Abak” and enjoy my life in the USA. I cannot do that because Abak is my ancestral land and the roots of my origin . However when I think of Abak , it makes me real sad because no Governor has ever executed a Major project in Abak since the inception of Akwa Ibom State.
Nonetheless, how can any person take Abak serious when they will take lunch with the killer of their sons and daughters just for crumb money?
If there is a way , they should kill Idiongo Clayton Udoh for talking nonsense against Governor or kill Dr Ime Umanah and destroy all resistance against Governor, kill them all and then my reply would be,” After you sang and danced for him what major projects did he establish in Abak?”
You guys are ready to die for Akpabio and kill everybody on his behalf and I ask when you kill take that blood and sprinkle it on the major project Akpabio built for Abak.
Tell me it will be an Ibibio governor that will endorse a major project for Abak like the ones in the past have done ? Right?
The wisdom of collecting money to put in your pocket because of hunger is one thing , the wisdom of holding your dignity so that someone does not take you for granted is another!
The next governor who  will be Ibibio will be very busy but nobody will take Abak that is full of sycophancy with political praise and worship seriously.
Abak is yet to have a governor who brought something as close as Alscon that was built in Ikot Abasi to Abak.
In fact thank your God, I am not Akpabio because I would have taken the turn for House of Representative and given it to my Nephew since you guys are such cowards and full to the brim with stupidity.
I am speaking loudly to both the Witches  and wizards in Diaspora and the homefront . The uneducated baboons that have never taken time to study how governments work and therefore want a King or a one party system . After you destroyed all resistance to the present administration like in the proverb called Abak what were you left with?
A government that ignored you because it knew it could get support from you even if they killed all of your most valuable citizens ! They do not even need to lift a finger because you would kill them yourselves !

Clayton “Bane” Udoh
Mesa, Arizona

Assassination and Kidnapping: Akwa Ibom People Vs Gov. Godswill Obot Akpabio.

4 Jul
By Uwem Sam
The Akwa Ibom people are still asking and looking for answers to those murdered, kidnapped and assassinated by Gov. Akpabio and his Government. The public court hold Akpabio as a prime suspect.

Godswill Akpabio, Akwa Ibom State Governor.

Gov. Akpabio government of genocide for about seven years is a story that our grand children will read in Akwa Ibom history book.    Below are just few names that we discovered killed & Kidnapped under the Leadership of Gov.(Mkpo Ndik) Godswill Obot Akpabio. We are told he’s putting plans in place to kill more people come 2015 esp. apposition to his anointed candidate.
1) Abel Daminas children (2) 2008
2) Mr. Ubong Obot (1) 2008 (Ibibio)
3) Mr. Mustag Obot (1) 2009 (Ibibio)
4) Senator Aloysius’ wife (1) 2009 (Ibibio)
5) Chief Nelson Effiong (1) feb. 2009 (okobo)
6) Ita Enyong- Entaco (1) 2009 (ibibio)
7) Apostle Uwa (1) 2009 (ibibio)
8) Nse Ntuen (1) 2009 (Ibibio)
9) Aniefon Aniedi Abasi (1) feb. 2009 (Annang)
10) Mrs. Iniobong Ekpenyong (1) 2009 (Ibibio)
11) Pa. Kevin Edet (1) 2009 (Ibibio)
12) Mrs. Michael Bush (1) 2009 (Ibibio)
13) HOP, Nsit Ubium (1) 2009 (Ibibio)
14) Opulopm Ettes’ Wife (1) 2009 (Ibibio)
15) Russians (2) 2009 (Expatriate)
16) Russian Employees (6) June 3,2007
17) Stemco Staff (6) 2008 (Expatriate)
18) Uwemedimo Archibong (1) feb.2009 (Ibibio)
19) Mrs. Adrina Uko (1) 2009 (Ibibio)
20) Mrs. Anne Enoidem (1) 2009 (Ibibio)
21) Dr. Owen R. Owen (1) June 2009
22) Mrs. Jumbo (1) June 2009 (Ibibio)
23) Pastor Akan Weeks (1) 2009 (Ibibio)
24) Awak Treasurer, o/Akara (1) 2008 (Ibibio)
25) Mr. Ikpe Ukpe (1) 2008 (Ibibio)
26) Mr. Clement Uwemedimo (1) July, 2009 (Ibibio)
27) Mr. Fiokedu Okorie (1) July 2009
28) Miss Edikan Okon Ufot (1) July, 2009 (Ibibio)
29) Daughter of Okon Usoro (1) July, 2009 (Ibibio)
30) Expatraites’Wife(abducted toNturukpum) (1) Mar. 2009
31) Mr. Eseme Essien (1) Sept. 2009 (Ibibio)
32) Eld. Nse Ikpe (1) Sept. 2009 (Ibibio)
33) Jackie Jay (1) Sept. 2009 (Annang)
34) Ediomo Udoko (1) Sept. 2009 (Ibibio)
35) Iniobong Sunny Jackson (1) Sept. 2009 (Ibibio)
36) Adiaha Eka Sunny IBANGA (1) Sept. 2009 (Ibibio)
37) Pst. Jonah Solomon Akpan (1) Oct. 2009 (Ibibio)
38) Mrs. Eshiet –Etinan (1) Nov. 2009 (Ibibio)
39) Mrs. Sunny Daniel (1) Nov. 2009 (Ibibio)
40) Bishop C.O Akpan (1)Dec. 2,2009\ (Ibibio)
41) Mr. Usen –manager, UBA (1) Dec. 2009 (Ibibio)
42) Hon. Hogan Ita (1) 2009 (Ibibio)
43) Mr. Michael Nkono (1) Oct. 2009 (Ibibio)
44) Mrs. Michael Nkono (1) Oct. 2009 (Ibibio)
45) Dr. Uwem Umoh (1) Nov. 2009 (Ibibio)
46) Chief Inyang Eno (1) 2009 (Ibibio)
47) Gen. Edet Akpan (1) Jan.31,2010 (Ibibio)
48) Hon. Mike Dan (Itu) (1) Jan.2010 (Ibibio)
49) Miss. Edikan Udo (1) 2009 (Ibibio)
50) Mr. Ita Onyong (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
51) Mr. John Akpan (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
52) Mr. Okon Mkpong (1)2010 (Ibibio)
53) Paramount Ruler –Okobo (1) 2010 (okobo)
54) Prof. Akaninyene Mendie (1) 2010
55) Chief Obosi- clan head InI LGA (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
56) Prophetess Mercy Inyang (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
57) Prophetess Mercy Effiong (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
58) Mrs. Elizabeth Philip (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
59) Mrs. Godwin Udoaka 1st Bank (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
60) Mrs. Godwin Bassey Eton (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
61) Prof. Imo Ukpong (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
62) Dr. Austin Edet (1) 2010 ( Ibibio)
63) Chief Emmanuel Ntukidem (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
64) Mr. Samuel Inyang-PDP Ini LGA (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
65) 83 yr. old retired civil servant, Mbiabong Ikpe Annang (1) 2010 (Annang)
66) Mrs. Rosey Jack Udota (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
67) Joel Francis- Governors’ driver (1) 2010
68) Anthony Akpanobong (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
69) Barr. Archibong’s wife (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
70) Stemco employees (4) May 5 2010
71) Rev. Ntia I Ntia (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
72) Deacon Sandy NtuenUbok (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
73) Rev. Ime Iyire (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
74) A female church member of Imeh Uyire (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
75) Mrs. Iwakeowo Bassey Essien (1) 2010 (Ibibio)
76) Obong Mike Ene (1) 2009 (Ibibio)
77) Mr. Essien Ewoh (1) 2008 (Ibibio)
78) Late Ntia’s Children (2) 2010 (Ibibio)
79) Dr. Uwah (1) July 2010 (Ibibio)
80) Mrs Comfort Enwang—Sept.2010 (Ibibio)
81) Mrs. Lakshmi Tom Bush –SEPT.2010
82) Mr Enwang’s Personal Assistant— Oct.2010
83) Mr Enwang’s Driver—Oct.2010
84) Mr Mike Eduok —Sept.2010 (Ibibio)
85) Imeh Ekpo (July 2010) (Ibibio)
86) Nsifre Andrew (August 2010)
87) Bishop (Pa) Okon Enyong (Ibibio)
88) Rev. Inno Idiong (Annang)-questionable-Jan.3, 2011(may be staged).
89) Dr Memfin Ekpo (Ibibio) – JAN.16, 2011
90) Elizabeth Jerry Emah (Ibibio)
91) Udo Mma Obot (Ibibio)
92) Chairlady of Onna LGA (Ibibio)
93) Proprietor of Eket Polytechnics
94) John Nta (Onwer of Treasury Island) Feb.11 2011 (Ibibio)
95) Pa Etukudo (Ibibio)
96) Dr. Francis Okon (Oron) — 2009
97) Dr. Inyang Ukot (Ibeno) – 2010
98) Dr. Ofonime Johnson — February 2011
99) Professor Amanam A. Uko — (Vice Chancellor of Obong University)–March 2011
100. Chief Mathias Okonta –Chairman Effiat Council of Chiefs— February 2011
101) Felix Ukpe (Ibibio)
102) Sammy of Nsit Atai (Ibibio)
103. General Edet Akpan (Ibibio)
104. Felix Uko aka Femo. (Ibibio)
105. Obong Albert Ukpanah
106. Sunny Udom
107. Usenobong Akpabio
108. Samuel Efanga
Reported by:
uwem sam
liberty voice
los angeles.

‘I’ll Jail You For Fraud’-Umana Tells Akpabio. ‘Your’re A Dreamer’ – Akpabio Retorts.

23 Feb

UMANA UMANA PROMISES TO SEND AKPABIO TO JAIL COME 2015
    *YOU ARE A PATHETIC DREAMER!!! – AKPABIO.
-The Guide News.

Akpabio & Umana Umana

Akpabio & Umana Umana

A major drama played out between the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Governor Godswill Obot Akpabio and his estranged secretary to the state Government Obong Umana Okon Umana in faraway United States of America.
Our source, a frontline Akwa Ibom son resident in the United States and a member of the Akwa Ibom community resident in the United States hinted that the face-off took place at an enlarged meeting of Akwa Ibom people resident in the United States.
The Guide newspaper gathered from this source that the former secretary to the state Government had learnt of the meeting and saw it as a platform for formally informing Akwa Ibom in the diaspora of his intention to contest the gubernatorial elections in Akwa Ibom state come 2015.
Our source disclosed that when the time had come, ousted secretary to the state Government Obong Umana Umana took to the stage to tell Akwa Ibom people that his decision to contest the election was to redeem Akwa Ibom from the abyss of economic misfortune the present administration has plunged it into, since the assumption of office of the present administration.
Umana said he regretted ever being a part of the administration that had created a history for itself in looting the resources of the state for personal gains. He said he was in the governorship race to seek for the forgiveness of Akwa Ibom people by making them have a taste of what they have not been privileged to enjoy since Governor Godswill Akpabio assumed office in 2007.
“While addressing us, Umana who was looking very sober told us that he had on several occasions persuaded Governor Godswill Akpabio to exercise some restraints in the way he misappropriate funds meant for the general wellbeing of Akwa Ibom people. He told us that he had lost count of the number of times he had persuaded Akpabio not inflate the figures of contracts of major projects to be embarked upon by his administration, as though he was not an indigene of Akwa Ibom state.” Our source explained.
The former SSG is quoted to have said that it was to make Akwa Ibom people have a taste of the state resources that he facilitated the coming of a construction company Nigerpet structures to help provide jobs for the teaming unemployed people in the state.
The Guide Newspaper gathered from our source that it was while the sacked secretary to the state Government, Obong Umana Umana was still speaking that Governor Godswill Akpabio walked into the venue.
When he mounted the podium to speak, Akpabio called on Akwa Ibom people not to be swayed by someone who was going around looking for sympathy after he had turned himself to a thin god and firing people from the Governors Cabinet and other political appointees at will.
Akpabio told Akwa Ibom sons and daughters at the gathering to embark on their personal investigation to discover for themselves the deep-seated havoc perpetrated by the sacked SSG.
“The Governor specifically told us to our utter amazement that 70% of the cabinet reshuffle in his administration happened when Umana has some personal misunderstanding with someone. The Governor said since he was bent in keeping the state united and not seen as someone who was trying to etch out prominent Ibibio sons from his Government, he had to contain the excesses of his estranged SSG.” Our source hinted.
He told the people to ask the former SSG since he was fortunate to be at the event, if he was not given the freehand to nominate people for some political appointment in the present administration.
The Guide Newspaper learnt that it was at this point that the ousted SSG stood up at the event and started shouting “You are a liar!” “You are a liar!” “I will jail you once I become Governor in 2015!”at the Governor while heading toward the podium that Governor Akpabio was standing to address the gathering.
It took the combined efforts of his aides and some prominent Akwa Ibomites at the event to restrain him from reaching the Governor.
Meanwhile, The Governor who appeared unruffled while the former SSG was approaching him was said to be smiling while he kept repeating the words “You are a dreamer!” “If you ever get 100 metres close to the position of the Governor, then know that my name is not Godswill Obot Akpabio!”
Our source said the meeting was hurriedly adjourned as the atmosphere was unfit for further serious deliberations.

2015: Nobody Can Impose Governor On Akwa Ibom – Amb Assam Assam.

17 Feb

Ambassador Assam E. Assam.

Ambassador Assam E. Assam.

Chief Assam Ekanem Assam (SAN) is Nigeria’s Ambassador to Russia and the Republic of Belarus. Before his diplomatic job, he was Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Akwa Ibom State. Assam, now eyeing the governorship seat in 2015, in this interview with BASSEY ANTHONY, speaks on diverse state, national and international issues including the politics of 2015. He insists that nobody, not even the incumbent Governor Godswill Akpabio or President Goodluck Jonathan can impose or install a governor in the state come 2015. Excerpts:

The Nigerian Embassy in Russia, under your administration, last November organised a trade and investment forum in conjunction with the Russian trade and investment community to boost the investment relationship between the two countries. So far, what can you say have been the benefits of that forum to Nigeria in particular?

We are looking forward to the benefits. And it is most likely we are going to have more of such fora. Nigeria has never really had a serious trading relationship with Russia. So, to commence the process of a serious engagement with the Russian trading and investment community both parties have to cultivate it and that is what we are trying to do – to bring both parties to the table and discuss and know each other, not on Facebook or the internet. And we have started seeing a lot of results.

Never in the history of our relationship has there been so much human and investment traffic into the two countries like now and this is as a result of that event.

I know that despite your appointment as Nigeria’s envoy in Russia, you are still much in touch with the unfolding political activities in the country as they have to do with 2015. What is your take on the defection of five Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors and scores of lawmakers to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC)? Do you think it could scuttle PDP’s victory at the polls?

Well, I don’t know whether they (defections) will work against the interest of the PDP or not. That is not for me to say because that is in the future. What I know is that the new national chairman of the PDP is working hard to reconcile various diverse groups and he is also trying to encourage those who defected from the party to return.

The APC has criticised the election timetable recently released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), alleging it was deliberately structured to give the PDP an advantage and that the presidential election should not come before others. What is your opinion?

My take on it is that even if INEC had put the House of Assembly election first, the APC will still complain. They will say that the presidential election should have come first. There is nothing you can do about the opposition. The essence of the opposition is to oppose and that is what it is doing; so don’t worry about it. Everybody is going to contest the election. You have a presidential candidate that is going to contest against my presidential candidate. You have to choose yours and I too will choose mine; everything is even. So, my take on the matter is that I do not want to do the job of INEC. I don’t know what informed its decision and I am not ready to criticise on the basis of emotions and sentiments. INEC has the statutory duty of conducting elections and it has said it is going to conduct the presidential election on a particular day, so be it. All of us should go and get ready for it. It is like students wanting the examiner to set exams for them on a preferred day, contrary to the day the examiner wants the exams taken. It does not make sense.

Governor Godswill Akpabio recently led a delegation of PDP bigwigs in the state to the new national chairman of the PDP where he was quoted to have advised the PDP national chairman, Adamu Mu’azu to disregard some Abuja-based politicians from Akwa Ibom State who claimed they could deliver the state to the PDP. Do you too believe we have Abuja and home-based members of the party or factions of that sort?

If you want to know if we still have Abuja front and Akwa Ibom front, it is better you go and ask the governor who truly said there are metropolitan politicians. I don’t know where the governor got his information because I am not in the country. I am in Moscow. I don’t know who is living in Abuja now or who is living at home. But each

time I come into the country, I look for the governor and they tell me he is in Abuja. So, I don’t know who is living more in Abuja than the governor himself. If there are metropolitan politicians, I think the governor is part of that group because he is not living at home; that I can tell you.

Recently, at a well attended thanksgiving service organised by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Governor Akpabio spoke glowingly about the SSG, thereby confirming rumours that he may be his successor in 2015. Do subscribe to the politics of imposition?

But you know my view on this. I have told everybody again and again that nobody will impose a candidate on the people of Akwa Ibom State. We are too republican for that kind of nonsense. Nobody, not the governor, not even the President will impose any candidate on our people. The people of state will choose their candidate when the time comes. That is why we are saying whether you are metropolitan, village or local politician, let the governor give everybody a level-playing field so that we can determine whether, indeed, there are metropolitan or local politicians. Let the governor not campaign for a candidate because he is not contesting the election. But if he wants to contest let him come out and contest because he cannot be pretending that he is giving everybody a level-playing field when he campaigns for a candidate, and according to you, his body language means the endorsement of a particular aspirant. We should, however, not worry because that is how he has always spoke glowingly about people he has kicked out already.

The governorship seat has been zoned to the Eket Senatorial District for the 2015 election; but there is internal wrangling in the district over which constituency should produce the governor (cuts in…)

The governorship seat has not been zoned to the Eket Senatorial District. The governorship seat has simply rotated to that district. Nobody zoned the governorship seat to that district. There is no internal wrangling. You people are creating artificial politics when there is none. The senatorial district exists; the politics of that senatorial district also exists. If you have a senatorial district that also has its own internal politics then if you say the governorship has rotated to Eket, then the Eket senatorial district has a right now to present candidates for the election. It is not only the Eket senatorial district that will determine who the governor will be. The whole state will vote for the governor. So, what internal wrangling do you think exists?

But, I spoke with a prominent politician from Oron federal constituency who said if Oron does not produce the governor in 2015, he would prefer the governorship seat to go back to the Uyo senatorial district instead of Eket or Ikot Abasi in the Eket senatorial district. What is your opinion on this?

When you spoke with the politician from Oron federal constituency, did you expect him to say somebody from Eket must become governor? Where did they do that plebiscite? When did the Oron people meet to mandate that man you spoke to, whoever he is, to declare that rather than Oron people voting for anybody from the Eket senatorial district they should vote for somebody from Uyo? Where did they meet to say that? Did the man tell you he held the mandate of Oron people to say that? You see, the Eket senatorial district is going to produce the next governor. There are people within the district who have taken native oaths with some people outside the district. They will support those people whether you like it or not. The question is not whether the man in Oron is saying the same as the man in Eket or Ikot Abasi, the issue is, it depends on the political interest. What interest do you have? Do you think that an Eket, Ikot Abasi man whose sister is married to a governorship aspirant in Uyo will not support that aspirant? No, he will. I know the so-called prominent people from the various constituencies in Eket Senatorial District, including my own who are supporting the governorship aspirants from Uyo, But do those people speak for the senatorial district? That is the question. So when they say instead of Oron it should be Uyo, I mean that does not make sense.

What is your economic blueprint for Akwa Ibom State if elected as governor in 2015?

When I launch my campaign I will publish my manifesto to show the approach of the government I will lead in the areas of industry, agriculture, education, health and all that. So, taking one bit of it at this moment will not make much impact because as against what obtains now, I am not likely to come to government with the anger Governor Akpabio came with.

I am likely to come very well prepared and more organised with a proper programme for implementation so that if I build a road that road will achieve a particular purpose – not for the purpose of self-aggrandisement. My programme will be well explained in the manifesto. But I want to say that the trade and investment forum in Moscow is not a one-stop shop. It is a well planned thing. We are undertaking another one in June this year. I may not be there but it is all planned out that every year we must have an investment forum until we are able to actualise a marginal response to the entreaties of Nigeria to Russian investments. So, it is not going to be a thing that will be done one time and it is finished. We are doing it regularly in Moscow.

There is this impression that since you relocated to Russia as an ambassador, you have lost touch with your people and that you don’t relate with the grassroots. Won’t this affect your governorship ambition?

Well, I don’t know what losing touch means. That was the thought and essence of recommending me for ambassadorial appointment by the governor – that I should go there so that I could lose touch with the grassroots. But, unfortunately for him, I have not lost touch with the grassroots. I am rather closer to the grassroots. This insinuation frightens the people who thought I would lose touch. You are talking to me now in Nigeria, not in Moscow. I am here. And I do come home once in a while when it is necessary for the purpose of my job. And when I come to Nigeria I have the opportunity of visiting my home and I do meet with politicians. I am in touch with them. And when I can’t meet with them I ask them to come to Moscow and they come and listen to me and I talk to them. So, I am in touch. I read literally all the 85 newspapers published in Akwa Ibom State and I know what is happening. I do also contribute my thoughts on the state and nation issues. I recently granted an interview which was quite well read according to the sources I have spoken to. So I am in touch with the grassroots. I am a politician who is interested in contesting the

governorship election. So, I won’t tell you everything I do.

There is also the belief in many quarters that you are not youth-friendly and that the youths will not be accommodated in your administration if you become governor. How true is this?

Well, it depends on what youth-friendliness means. I have looked at the dictionary and I have not seen a phrase called ‘youth-friendly.’ So, I don’t know what they mean by it. But I have met some of the people who made the statement and they said what they mean is that I do not patronise secret cults and that I am not a member of the secret cults. Well, at my age I don’t need to be a member of a secret cult and I would not be a member of a secret cult and I will not patronise cultism.

Whoever is making that allegation is doing me a favour. But, if it is been friendly with young people, I can say I am very friendly with young people. I married at when I was 24 years old, and I had my first daughter when I was 25 years old. So, when I was 50 my daughter was already 25. And, I have been growing up with them. I am not like some people who married at 40 and they have a 10-year old first child at 50. I have grown up with my children and their friends. Anybody who knows me knows that my house is always filled up with young people at any particular time because of my children. So, if being ‘youth-friendly’ means cultism, they may be right because I don’t patronise cultism and I will never patronise it.

But if they mean being friendly with young people, then I can say I am very friendly with young people. The accusation that I am not youth-friendly came from my governor. He said the reason he couldn’t support me is because I am not youth-friendly. The question I will like to ask my governor is: Is he youth-friendly? How can the governor be youth-friendly and the youths are not employed? How can the governor be youth-friendly when literally 10 per cent of our youths are involved in crime, abducting people; armed robbery and all sorts of crime and then the governor is youth-friendly. And these children are there involved in all these crimes? How is he ensuring that these children are re-integrated into the society? So, I am not happy that anybody can make that kind of statement. If you have to make a comment about me, it is better you make a comment that sounds reasonable and intelligent.

What is your vision for a new Akwa Ibom State?

I don’t know whether there will be a new Akwa Ibom State or an old one. But I know that I have a document from which I intend to publish my views on how I would like to leave the state when I complete my tenure. Perhaps, that will be my vision. I don’t like all these catch-phrases like ‘Vision for a new Akwa Ibom.’ What is wrong with the old one? It is just a matter of telling stories to allow the system remain the same. But there are three issues that bother me. We have no health programme in Akwa Ibom State. We have no educational programme in the state, and we have no youth employment scheme. These are the things that bother me and these are the things I want to face. How do I ensure that children who have gone to school and have no employment are employed? And they must have quality education and

quality health. Our children are dying on the streets. Our women are delivering children on the vestries of churches because of lack of confidence in our medical sector. Our people are going to native doctors because there is no healthcare in the state. Not even the uncommon healthcare can solve the problem. We don’t have uncommon healthcare; uncommon education we don’t have.

But, what of the free and compulsory education programme of the Governor Akpabio’s administration?

When you have a teacher to 2,000 students? I don’t know how free and compulsory that type of education is.

What footprints do you want to leave behind as a politician?

I don’t have footprints for now.  I am still outside. When I step into the office of governor I would know the footprints I will leave behind.

-Daily Newswatch

Controversy rocks Abak-5 Gen Assembly over The Nation Newspaper Advert – As signatories distance selves, allege forgery • They are talking nonsense – Info Commissioner

13 Jan

   *Aniekan Umana is a forgery kingpin, a liar.

Written by  Aniefiok MACAULEY.

Controversy rocks Abak-5 General Assembly over The Nation Newspaper advertorial  -	As signatories distance selves, allege forgery •	They are talking nonsense – Info Commissioner

At least two persons purported  to have written their names or signatures to the advertorial by a faction of Abak-5 General Assembly placed on The Nation’s newspaper of December 26 2013 conceding the 2015 Ikot Ekpene senatorial seat to Governor Godswill Akpabio have alleged


fraudulent usage of their names and signatures on the document.

Those who reacted while speaking with The Radar denied knowledge of the publication, saying that they were never contacted and neither did they append their names/signatures nor authorised anyone to use such in any document in that regard.

Speaking with The Radar on telephone, Atuekong Wilson Inyang whose name had appeared on the publication denied ever signing or authorising anyone in his behalf to either write his name or append his signature on a document he knew nothing about.

Asked to state his position on the ongoing debate on the zoning of the senatorial seat of Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district in which the governor is interested in, Inyang maintained that he is a firm believer in justice and on the side of the people that Abak-5 should be allowed to produce the next senator in 2015.

On his part, another politician whose name also appeared on the list of signatories in the publication, Obong Edem Obot expressed dismay over the unauthorised use of his name on the document. He said that he had taken the issue up with the masterminds of the publication and has decided to allow it lie low, after extracting apologies from them.

Corroborating the positions of the duo in a interview, the former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Uwem Udoma alleged that the signatories and names on the advertorial were either forged from the list of meeting attendance with Governor on November 21, 2013, at the lodge in Uyo, adding that some of the signatories informed him (Udoma) that a sitting commissioner paid them N200, 000 each to append their names and signatures on the said document.

According to him “It is their deceitful nature. If you look at those signatures, Obong Edem Obot did not append his signature on that document. I spoke with him and Atuekong Wilson Inyang from Ika Local Government Area did not also sign the document.”

Speaking further he disclosed “The said publication was doctored by a sitting commissioner in Akwa Ibom State Government and N200, 000 was paid to each signatory in that document. It is an open secret. They are used to using attendance register to release communiqués in the past and they are still doing it.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Aniekan Umanah when contacted for comment, said “I personally read the advertorial and signed it but I don’t know of others. Those who said their names or signatures were forged are talking nonsense.

“The Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District Assembly has endorsed the governor for senate, the Abak federal constituency has also endorsed the governor for the senate and there is no going back on that decision. In 2015, we are sure the governor will be in the Red Chambers as a senator representing the senatorial district

Aniekan Umanah, Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information

Aniekan Umanah, Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information

BREAKING NEWS: Akpabio moves to stall Effiong Bob/Umana Umana reconciliation with 5billion Naira

19 Dec
–        Offers Effiong Bob 5billion to support Udom Emmanuel
–        Vows peace will not stand
By Ubong Nteyoho
 

Gov. Akpabio

Gov. Akpabio

Following last week’s open reconciliation between Mr Umana Okon Umana and Sen. Effiong Bob in Nsit Ubium, Governor Godswill Akpabio has offered Bob the sum of 5billion Naira to support Udom Emmanuel for the 2015 governorship. This paper gathered on good authority that Senator Bob was invited to the Akwa Ibom lodge in Abuja to be offered the money by Akpabio who became frantic after the unexpected reconciliation by the Nsit Ubium-born politicians.

Akpabio who political pundits say has been feeling safe with the frosty relationship between Umana and Bob is said to have become angry and felt frustrated when he received the news that the two men have reconciled.
Umana and Bob have been at loggerheads for over three years. The ill-feeling between the two political gladiators in Nsit Ubium was further heightened following Umana Umana’s alleged role in thwarting the third term ambition of Senator Bob. Umana is said to have favoured the candidature of Senator Ita Enang for the Senatorial District. The two men have since not seen eye-to-eye.
It would be recalled that during his second constituency briefing last week Friday, the member representing Nsirt Ubium State Constituency, Barrister Onofiok Luke, had called for peace between the two men.
Apparently embittered by the long-lasting hostilities between both men, Barr Luke, just before commencing the briefing, entreated Umana and Bob to make peace. The occasion turned dramatic when the lawmaker requested Bishop Isaiah Isong to seat between both men and mediate them to make peace. The eventual making of peace was greeted with wild excitement by the various political groups, youths and women who were present at the briefing.
Umana is one of those who have indicated interest in running for the governorship seat of the state in 2015. His ambition was clearly rejected by Akpabio. Umana was sacked by the governor in July this year after his six years sojourn in the Akpabio government as Secretary to State Government. Following the falling out, Akpabio had drawn Senator Bob close in order to create a formidable home-base opposition to Umana in Nsit Ubium and in Uyo Senatorial District.
The governor who has since become rattled by the reconciliation, called Senator Bob to offer him the 5billion Naira in order to keep him in check against 2015, and to be sure he remains one of his handy allies to fight Umana and all that will oppose Udom Emmanuel.
Our source who works in the Akwa Ibom lodge in Abuja disclosed in strict confidence: “I can tell you on good authority that Governor Akpabio has offered to ‘buy’ the Senator with the sum of 5billion Naira to support Udom Emmanuel come 2015. He is panicked by the reconciliatory move and has vowed to see to it that peace does not exist between both men.”
The governor is also said to be very bitter with Hon. Onofiok Luke for causing peace to return between both men. Luke had worked as personal assistant to the governor before proceeding to represent Nsit Ubium in the State House of Assembly.
It was gathered that in the bid to cause disaffection between the men, Akpabio attempted to blackmail Hon. Luke to Senator Bob, telling the Senator that Onofiok Luke will never support him. He went further to curse Onofiok Luke and said God will punish him for brokering the peace.
“If he (Onofiok Luke) hasn’t been previously loyal, is it today that he will be loyal? He will remain loyal to Umana Umana”, Akpabio is quoted to have told Senator Bob.
It was learnt just before going to press that Akpabio, after getting winds that his conversation and the deal he struck with Senator Bob had leaked, hired men of the State Security Service (SSS) to immediately overhaul his Abuja lodge in search of bugging devices. He accused his aides of bugging his office. The governor has felt very unsafe in the lodge and has vowed never to sleep there again.
“He is suspecting us. He says the place (lodge) has been bugged by his aides”, our source hinted yesterday.
It was gathered that after the 5billion Naira deal had been struck, the governor is said to have gone ahead to boast to some of his closest allies that he has bought Effiong Bob over with 5billion Naira. He assured them that with the 5billion Naira offer, the doors have been eternally shut against true reconciliation between Bob and Umana.
But when the information of the deal broke among top government functionaries in the state, Senator Bob, was visibly angry and embarrassed. Our impeccable source also hinted that the governor, following the leakage of the deal, went to Senator Bob’s house in Abuja this evening to tender apologies to him and promised to mop up the mess.
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