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A MUST READ A BEAUTIFUL STORY OF WITCHES, THE COVEN, AND THE ALLIEN.  A Big Witch, #JudasAkpabio Meets the Witches

19 Aug


By Emmanuel Nicholas

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Only a fool tests the depth of a river with both feet and Knowledge is like a garden: If it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.

The reproach of Akwa rumblesIbom All Progressive Congress, APC is a breathtaking ovum, when you see unfriendly witches forming a common coven. Expect the unthinkable.

As they were trying to manage their deep hate for one another, suddenly an alien demon appeared in their midst from the opposite force, having undue negative antecedent against each of them. What a situation of confusion??

The confusion rumbles their minds and leaves them with so many mind-blowing questions. should we accept him? Should we celebrate him? who knows his mission ? is it to build us or to destroy us? The witches are into lamentations.

In the wake of this confusion, they all keep a smiling face, they began to dance. Their lord says, Bring It On, So You Think You Can Dance, and You Got Served? Well, the dance troops are back, but this time, it’s with witches of APC.

The coloration of their dance steps was too artificial, it xrays the State of their minds. because the dance was not flowing. They tried hard to hide the State of their minds behind dark goggles but their thought is buried with anger which was the modulator of their steps.

The witches celebrate him to obey the Abuja shrine so that they will not be booted out of their various appointed positions.
This confirms the holy words from the Bible that says, when the children of God were gathering, suddenly Satan appeared in their midst, the leprous hand of the witchdoctor is the agony of the witches and the poison of this viperous intruder gives them a sleepless night.

Everyone in this coven is in shock, their media hirelings are most hit , before they were attacking the intruder, calling him looter, Murderer, kidnapper, and assassin.
But just in minutes their National Coven, out of desperation, to continue to dominate their victim, Nigeria, made their accuser a saint.

How will Global Concord be able to tell the allien again that you are the killer of the two Ewet brothers? How would Global post be able to tell him you have looted three trillion from Udom’s Government? How will Guide Newspapers be able to tell his wife, you are a ritualist?,

Solomon Johnny your hands are now tied to the back, by the witches of your own coven, how will you be a dog that will eat his own vomits, I’m waiting to witness that sacrilegious act. Owo Ibibio esinama Ndudue .

I want to see my friend Thomas Tomas writing one full page of an article, recording the uncommon transformation, now he is the New leader of his Party. My dear Thomas, I dont envy your contradictory thoughts.

Men who underestimate the evil of a prostitute, sleep with their two eyes closed on the same bed, but a man of wisdom tarries till morning to save his life and belongings . Get wisdom.

When you are driving a car with a known enemy you will break most times, even when there is no prevailing obstruction ahead. what causes that is the fear of the unknown.

When you’re on your way to sacrifice your brother and you meet him about to sacrifice you. Nsima Ekere and co was planing how they going to probe their allien , now the allien is a member of their coven . who will probe who?

Witch 1 – Nsima Ekere after the rally in Ikot Ekpene met with his group in Ewet housing and told them openly ,the war we were fighting from far, have been brought into our house .

We must brace up , from the Intel from ASO Rock I’m not his favorite , we have to reject him as our leader , we must use a third party in sending Abuja this messages, to ensure we weaken his influence and we are not known to be the one behind it .

Witch 2 Obong Umana OKon Umana gathered his followers, and said , the cobra has found his ways into our waters ,a green snake operating under the disguise of green grass is within our coven.
Oh Umana , Akpan Okon Mmekid ifot essien ,akapa ifot Ufok . how do we fight this battle?

Instead of us to destroy Udom, let us work to destroy our common enemy within us . They say vengeance belongs to God, but let’s retaliate the small ones on earth , when we get to heaven let God judge us all.

The truth of hell is known from the voices of tormented and the prayers of the diviners are known from crookedness of it evil contents.The voices of the witches are true contents of their fears.

One can read the agonies of the witches from their meetings . and the presence of the alien in APC ,. this is a clear case of when men slept, Satan came to sow tears .

Witch 3,.. John Udoedehe, gathers his elects and said, few months ago I told you that all the killers have left PDP to APC in Akwa Ibom State. .You know I’m a member of mountain of fire Church , I saw that vision when I was in my 40 days fasting on the mountain .
Can you people believe me ? Are the killers not in APC now ?

These men whom I was fighting from afar are now with me , se Ekong Mkpatian Ukot ndito-ekammi ?

Witch 4, Ita Awak , I wonder what will be his operandi , a man whom he has tagged so many evil names ,is now his gaurdian Angel . Ita who is a known sorcerer and mystic , could not see this abomination approaching his plane , he could not gather divinities to block the allien from having access without premissive code .
Obong Ita Awak I doubt your crystal balls clarity .

The tusk of an elephant feeds the mouth ,but if is cut off how will an elephant survive? The elephant assumes it has the bigest penis but when it sees what dangles between the legs of a horse, he will know , impotence trails his ancestors .

APC witches thought they have seen it all , little did they know , that tusanmi is coming, a negative force that will break them apart was at the door .

Some say the Allien wants to install someone from Esit Ekid , some say he is coming with Oro Agenda and some even say ,his mission is to destroy APC and secure Udom sucesss in 2019.

The divination of a witch doctor is seen as a black magic but the conjurations of the ocult is captured as celestial masturbation. the witches and the allien are in melodrama , a dilema ,so complicated ,an equation a man of mere eyes cannot resolve .

When men are intentional wicked , and hunt for power without CONCIENCE, they mortgage their integrity because of greed .

People blames Satan for their evil greed , let me tell you a paedophile isn’t one because he has no access to women to have sex with, One is a pedophile because they’re attracted to children. Greedy leaders are men of evil assumptions and they want to be worship as demigod.

While we are watching this movie, will evil overcome evil ?

Governor Udom Emmanuel second term is sacrosant .

No man is greater than God.

#Udom2019!!!
#Westandwithudom!!!

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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.

Akpabio’s 2015 Shenanigans: Overrules His EXCO, Eliminates Effiong Abia from Endorsement.

28 Feb

 

*Dangles SSG Position on Bassey Albert 

By Weekly Insight Newspapers

Governor Godswill Akpabio has again dipped deep into his bag of tricks and shenanigans, overruling his executive council barely 24 hours after he had made them sign an unprecedented endorsement document on who should be governor in 2015. On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, Akpabio called another meeting of his Executive council, where he informed them that the three candidates they had endorsed were too many. 

 

He said it was important to further narrow the choice to two candidates to make room for a better choice and a more effective coordination. He told them that Effiong Abia should be delisted leaving the battle for Udom Emmanuel and Ekpenyong Ntekim. As would be expected, there was no challenge to the governor’s decision, though coming just a day after he had led the exco members to select the trio of Udom, Abia and Ntekim.

Our source, a commissioner who attended the meeting said the entire proceeding was dominated by the governor, who continuously boasted that no power anywhere in the world can stop him from having his way as far as the 2015 governorship election was concerned. He said that he had the magic wand to buy over supporters of other aspirants not favoured by the Exco arrangement. He told them that even if it means using the state’s six months allocation to achieve his purpose, he was willing and committed to doing it. He said he has so far commenced the process of buying other aspirants’ supporters with the number of PRADO Jeeps already distributed, adding that more jeeps and millions of naira would be dangled before some of the aggrieved party members.

“His Excellency boasted that with the amount of inroad he has made in Abuja; that not even the national chairman nor the president of the country could stop his choice and urged us not to entertain any fear of defeat”, the commissioner said.

He was said to have pressured his Finance commissioner to drop his governorship ambition and support the preferred candidates. He was promised the office of SSG after the election. This was as a result of the commissioner’s refusal to sign the Monday night endorsement document in a meeting coordinated by Mr. Don Etim, regarded as the “Dean of Commissioner”.

This will be a major blow to supporters of Barr Effiong Abia, who had been upbeat since the signing of the endorsement document that included his name. His upcoming thanksgiving service in Oron next week has received a wide boost following the said endorsement. But one of the supporters of the Mbo-born politician insists that whatever the governor or any person is doing cannot change what God has already kept for Abia.

The elimination of Abia from the list is a surprise move by Akpabio, prompting many to assume that the governor has not still made his final moves. One Edet Amba, who spoke to Weekend Insight, insists that Abia remained the governor’s choice, adding that all the necessary assurances have been extricated from the governor.


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‘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.

Gov. Akpabio’s Hit Man Freed From Prison: Heads Roll in Ministry of Justice.

22 Feb

-Tension as DPP is Replaced
-The Details, Intrigues and Connivance

By Weekly Insight Newspapers.

The visit of the state Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Idongesit Ntem Isua, to Ikot Ikpene prison on January30, 2014 was part of her yearly routine inspection of prison formations in Akwa Ibom State.
On such visits, the Chief Judge usually extends prerogative of mercy to inmates based on the advice of the state Directorate for Public Prosecution (DPP). The Attorney General, through the DPP determines who should be prosecuted, and also who and when to discontinue prosecution based on the assessment of each case. Incidentally, this year’s release has raised serious questions begging for answers.
At Ikot Ekpene Prison on the said date, alongside other inmates who benefited from the prerogative of mercy, were six policemen awaiting trial for alleged murder of one Mr. Efremfon Abel Sunday in the early hours of August 30, 2013 (at about 2am).

Insp Sunny Tigidam, Sgt Ofonmbuk Okon, CPL Ephraim Joel, PC John Odoh, PC Idubor Osagie and PC Kufre Thomas were released because the PDP had declared on their advice papers endorsed by the Chief Judge, that they had no case to answer.
As soon as they stepped out of the confines of the beautiful prison the news went wild, the father of the deceased, Mr. Abel Sunday, got wind of it and raised alarm over the now controversial circumstances which led to their freedom.
Miffed by the turn of events, Mr. Abel Sunday Akpan, a civil servant who had before now been crying for justice, ran back to his counsel, Samuel Ikpo Esq. whose initial petition led to the arrest of the suspects by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Gwadabe, on the orders of the Inspector General of Police.
When confronted, Samuel Ikpo lamented that something must have gone wrong if the state can order the release of suspects whose primary constituency, the Nigeria Police Force, did not hesitate to deal with.
While commending the state commissioner of Police, the I. G Mr. M. D. Abubakar and the entire Nigeria police for dealing with the issue swiftly without attempting to protect the policemen, Ikpo explained that whoever is responsible for their release must explain how he or she arrived at the verdict of ‘no case to answer’ after the Police had tried and dismissed the suspects from the force.
The background story to the murder of Mr. Efremfon Abel Sunday, a driver and the first son in a family of ten children (7girls and 3boys) is as intriguing as it is interesting.
On the eve of August 29, 2013, Mr. Efremfon who was married with a son before his violent death, retired for the night, perhaps without premonition about the death lurking in his house.
This paper was informed that a team of policemen from Abak Division led by Insp. Sunday Tigidam invaded the victim’s residence in Ata Ediene Community at about 2am and forcefully gained entry into Efremfon’s rooms.
Claiming to act on an informant’s tip-off, tough struggle ensued as they attempted to arrest the deceased. At that point, neighbours who spoke to this paper on condition that their names should not be disclosed, alleged that the policemen use anything available including the butt of their guns to hit him all over the body consequent upon which he sustained internal injuries as contained in the autopsy report. They also confirmed that the victim’s manhood was pulled, a claim the pathologist who witnessed the autopsy later corroborated in a lengthy conversation with Weekend Insight.

After a long struggle, which alerted neighbours and relatives, they reportedly succeeded in taking him out of his house alive.
They left with Efremfon in the Toyota Hi-lux pick up van with registration number NPF 5123c driven by PC Kufre Thomas.
The brother to the deceased, Mr. Uwakmfon Abel Sunday shadowed the pick up on a Qlink motorcycle with one of the sister, Ikakke Sunday Abel, on the back. To avoid being noticed, they kept a safe distance while turning off the motorcycle’s headlamp.
On the way to Abak Police Station they allegedly stopped to further vent their anger on him, it was at this point that the brother and sister heard the shout of “they have pulled my manhood” many times before silence.
At Abak Police Station, the corpse of Efremfon was left in the back of the pick up outside, while the policemen who went on the operation entered the office, possibly to confer with superior(s) on how to handle the bad situation. Uwakmfon who had parked his motorcycle away from the station then sneaked in, only to feel his brother was now a lifeless body in the police vehicle outside.
At the mercy hospital Morge, the officers made frantic calls to the person in charge (name withheld) who was not around but assured that his apprentice will be sent to attend to them.
Our findings at Mercy Hospital Mortuary revealed a deliberate attempt by the suspects to cover their tract as they claimed on arrival that the victim was involved in an accident, and that they were merely assisting in evacuating his corpse.
When the morgue attendant demanded the identity of the policemen, Sgt Ofonmbuk Okon demoted himself and gave his name as CPL Okon Akpan which he wrote on a piece of paper to the attendant along with his real phone number[withheld]. It was the number which later gave him and his true identity away.
Again, this paper learnt that they claimed to have come from the state police headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia.
On the strength of the petition dated September 3, 2013 directed to the Inspector General of Police-Mr. M.D. Abubakar, and signed by on Barr. Inimfon Edie in the chambers of Samuel Ikpo and company, Mr. Abubakar had seven days later, in a reply dated Sept. 10, 2013 and signed by one DCP Murtala U. Mani, Principal Staff Officer to the IG, directed the Akwa Ibom State commissioner of police, Mr. U. Gwadabe, to treat the matter.
The policemen were promptly arrested and detained at the state command headquarters as the incident was swiftly investigated. An orderly room trial was conducted and according to several sources at the police headquarters their men were dismissed while their case file was tidied and sent to the DPP for possible prosecution.
By November 11, 2013, the six accused appeared at the Abak magistrate court from where their remand was ordered. However, due to the demolition of the Abak prison building to make way for the new Bridge Constructed by Julius Berger PLC, the inmates including the six accused were transferred to the new Ikot Ekpene prison pending the constitution of a new prison for Abak.
At the AKS Judiciary headquarters, Wellington Bassey Way Uyo, a highly placed source explained that nobody can lay the blame of the suspect’s release on the State Chief Judge Since she lacks the power, on her own, to free anybody from prison custody. The procedure, according to our source who pleaded that his name should not be mentioned, is that the Attorney General as the Chief state prosecutor, through the DPP advices in writing, as in the instant case, about who should be freed and who should not.
Weekend Insight met the Hon. Attorney General, Barr. Ekpenyong Ntekim at the Ministry of Justice headquarters, Idongesit Nkanga secretariat, on Monday February 10, 2014. The Attorney General had promised to speak on the issue the following day at noon.
By the time the whole week ran out without locating the AG, it became clear that the seeming harmless demand on Monday to know if he (the AG) has granted press interview before, may have been a subtle way to point out that he intends to continue the tradition of not responding to enquiries on important state issues, no matter how topical it is.
But our investigations in the ministry of justice uncovered the fact that the embarrassing incident has jolted the top echelon of the ministry. A very dependable source who demanded and extracted assurance that his name will not be disclosed said authoritatively that the Attorney General had on Tuesday February 11, 2014 called for the file and canceled the release advice, ordering the re-arrest of the suspects and their subsequent arraignment within 24 hours, a tall order indeed.
As at the time of filing this report, Weekend Insight could not confirm the arrest or arraignment of any of the suspects. Somehow, recent events in the Ministry of Justice tended to indicate that the issue may claim victims, however remotely connected to the embarrassing incident, they may be.
In fact, as at last Tuesday, there was a minor shake up in the department handling public prosecution as the acting director, was replaced by one Usen.
These changes, our source confided, may not be unconnected to the advice which resulted in freedom for the six accused. The most worrisome aspect of the entire saga is the allegation by Mr. Abel Sunday, who claimed to have reliable information that the wife of one of the suspects sold a parcel of land which proceeds was used in an alleged bribery to secure their freedom.
Counsel to Mr. Abel Sunday, it was learnt, had petitioned the Attorney General on the behavior of the state counsel.
Meanwhile, the village head of Atta Ediene Abak where the Abel’s family hails from Eteidung Okon Thompson Akpan and members of his village council, had harrowing experiences to narrate when this paper visited the Ata Ediene village on Sunday February 16, 2014 as part of the investigation into the murder.
Eteidung Okon Thompson Akpan, who is more than 70 years was arrested alongside other members of his council and detained for more than six days at the state police command headquarters in Uyo.
At Ikot Ikpan Abia, they were brought before the 6 suspects who did not mention any of the arrested members of the village as the source of information which led to the arrest and death of Mr. Efremfon Abel, yet according to them, they were only released on bail after a strongly worded petition addressed to Compol Gwadabe from Nwoko and company, demanding that the police disclose their informant to which they refused.
Apparently their freedom despite the petition, they narrated, was allegedly secured after parting with thousands of naira. The fall out is that the police will now contend with a multimillion naira fundamental rights suit at Abak High Court. The Suit, as stated in the petition signed by one Barr. Utibe Nwoko, also seeks to compel the police to disclose their informant, to save their clients from the wrath of the community. Although the incident which brought the police into the picture was said to have arisen from the community’s electrification project, many respondents to our finding say they did not know him to be a robber, but a very stubborn person.
As the entire situation stands now, even the attempt by the state Ministry of Justice to undo what has already be done may create more legal huddles to surmount.

Larry Esin Replies Thompson Essien: Mrs. Amawo Innocently Misquoted Me.

19 Jan

                                                    Written by Mr. Larry Esin
Ete Thompson,
Larry Esin

Larry Esin

Happy New Year and best wishes. Ete, this is Larry Esin, your friend; I hope you still consider me a friend. Because of my respect for you, I have chosen to write you this personal explanation vis – a – vis the controversy that has arisen over my interview with Mrs. Amawo last year.”

Ete, I assure you that I was misquoted, albeit innocently by Mrs. Amawo. I have known Mrs. Amawo from my days as National Chairman of the PPA, and I never doubted and still do not doubt her professional competency.
When Mrs. Amawo met me that morning of the interview, it was our first meeting in almost three years, and she came that morning not to interview me but to inform me of the birth of her first child after many years of marriage. It was a joyous occasion as you can imagine.
Mrs. Amawo, having spent the last two years as she put it, trying to track me down, decided to seize the opportunity that morning and secure an interview even though she was ill prepared. She did not even have a recorder with her. I pleaded unsuccessfully to reschedule, but Mrs. Amawo would have none of that. Such is the relationship I have with her. At the end, she decided to use the recorder of her small Nokia phone for the interview.
As you would imagine, the interview was interrupted frequently by incoming calls, and each time a call came through Mrs. Amawo had to apologize, pause, answer her call and reset the recorder to continue the interview. It was during one of such interruptions that I was explaining the reason and consequences of my late entry into the 2006/7 governorship race. I said then, that because I entered the race so late “I was accused of running to help my friend Akpabio “, because most people could not understand why anyone in “their right Mind” would enter such a contest barely 30 days to the elections.
I believe that during the recording, and Mrs. Amawo confessed that there were gaps in the recording due to the poor quality of the recording and the intermittent calls that came through during the interview. Unfortunately, I was out of the country in Asia (I flew out the same day of the interview) when Mrs. Amawo was transcribing and she could not reach me to fill in the gaps. She made an innocent but costly mistake in trying to fill in the gaps herself.
You may then want to know what I have done since the story broke. I did contact Mrs. Amawo to express my concern over the consequences of the misrepresentation. We also discussed a cause of action including a press/media statement on the issue. I decided to wait a bit on any cause of action because I did not want to heat up the already tense ethnic squabble in our State. In retrospect that may have been the wrong decision.
As one who seeks to govern Akwa Ibom, I am under no illusion that I will have 100% support of the electorate; neither will I be judged always by the content of my character or my commitment to the cause of a free and just Akwa Ibom, where we all will be treated as equals under the law. I lean my hopes therefore on God almighty who knows the content of each of our hearts and my commitment to the truth.
I would have felt better if all the outburst and attacks I have endured since the story broke had all to do with my capabilities or lack thereof and less to do with a friendship with a fellow Akwaibomites in 2006/7. I have not been part of the administration since its inception and cannot therefore take responsibility for its actions.
My response to Barrister Iyanam’s publication was to inform the world that the majority of us Akwa Ibom people are not ethnic minded, especially when it comes to our politics. I used my personal experience as an example, and the fact that Barrister Iyanam, an Oro man, will not vote for an Oro man simply because they share an ethnic identity.
Ete, you are a man of balanced thinking and void of sentiments, let your conscience guide you. My warm regards to your family Sir and best wishes for the New Year.
Larry Esin
Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

Hon. Onofiok Luke: My Lawmaker of the Year.

8 Jan


By David Augustine.

Hon. Onofiok Luke

Hon. Onofiok Luke

Hon Onofiok Luke: My Lawmaker of the Year By David Augustine This is perhaps the second time in all my journalism years that I am lending myself to pick a person that I think in my judgment has done well in his place of service for the year. The first time was in 2010, when I chose, as my man of the year, Mr. Sam Itauma, a selfless individual, who against all odds made his house home to countless rejected kids, sentenced to life on the streets by an uncaring society. It was that pearl of humanity Itauma that had to risk his life to save children labeled “witches”, by society and left to die in the hands of hunger and vagaries of the elements. He experienced the worst kind of ingratitude by society to his kindheartedness, when he had to run for his life from the hands of people that had the responsibility, in the first place, to save such vulnerable kids. He is still in exile today in far away United States, not because he stole, but because he “caused us embarrassment” by exposing our nakedness. Today is not for Sam. His place is already well assured. Our subject today is a man who took notice of his destiny early in life. He was equally disadvantaged early in life, when he lost his father at a tender age. This disadvantage would have meant many things to many kids of his age, but he had a mission in life to fulfill. He took up courage and gave life the push that cleared a path to who he is evolving into today. Where other children would have recoiled into their shell, he challenged his circumstances with an uncanny spirit of self-resilience.

His mother taught him respect and he is still holding unto it till date, but he taught himself the virtues of courage in the face of danger; he imbibed the ethos of standing up when it mattered most and the heart to question the ubiquitous man-made obstacles that daily harass the youths of his time. While in the University, a law student, he combined the refining effect of legal education with his inherent raw courage to question most of the dehumanizing, but institutionalized policies that see students as less than human. He had the additional garb of linguistic eloquence that stirred the fire of aluta in the students. He became their rallying point; the one who spoke when others were retreating; the guy who knew the students and their concerns on campus. His election as the SUG president was the turning point of this man’s political career. He confronted the system in a way that was alien to both the students and the authorities. He had the power of elocution and could draw diagrams of students’ plights with words.

The face off was long, but he endured. He risked his future and the anguish of a mother who was praying for the day he would be out of school. He paid with his education, but he was a man born to fight. He fought and eventually conquered. That serves as the background to the life of the member representing Nsit Ubium in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon Barr Onofiok Akpan Luke. Hon Luke cut his legislative teeth at the national turf. He was elected the first Speaker of Nigerian Youth Parliament in 2008, a position he held till 2010. His stint as the National Youth Parliament was characterized by a dynamism that ensured a prominence for the parliament that one is not sure, has been sustained by successive speakers. His election into the state house of assembly in 2011 was therefore a fulfillment of his lifelong dream of advocating for the people using the platform of politics. In a polity where leadership recruitment process is skewed to favour the never-do-wells and people of inferior intellect, but blessed with brute force or resonating voices of sycophancy, the likes of Luke making it, was but the hands of God and the inevitability of the star to shine, no matter the condition. The result is that he has left no one in doubt as to his abilities and capabilities as a politician and especially, as a lawmaker.

The inimitable Mr. Umana Okon Umana, in his birthday message to the young lawmaker to mark his 35th birthday in 2013, described him as a rising star. Yes indeed, he has lived up to that epithet. With the quality and indeed the quantity of his contributions in law making, he has shone like a million stars. Last year when the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly had a joint session with their counterpart in Delta state, Luke emerged the center of attention with the shear brilliance and eloquence of his presentations. He clearly became the toast of the joint assembly and the pride of his Akwa Ibom colleagues. He had from inception of his membership of the house delineated his function as a member into three broad areas; law-making, Oversight and Representation. For the two years in the house, he has to his credit five bills, two of which have been passed into law, while three are at various stages of legislative attention. Among those already laws are those for the establishment of an agency for HIV/AIDS control, as well as the law that amended the state’s magistrate courts laws of 2000. Those still pending in the house include the bill for a law to protect the physically challenged from discrimination, and the bill to provide for safety of employees in construction companies and industries in the state. These are purely human interest bills aimed at protecting the most vulnerable segments of our society. In oversight, he has been as active as possible in vital committees of the house, working within the limits of systemic speed bumps, to ensure that government acts in ways and manner that would guarantee good governance. As chairman of the crucial Finance and Appropriations, he has been saddled with the responsibility of allocating funds to power government activities. Again, within the limits of systemic arrangements, he had done a yeoman’s job of that committee. As a creative young man, he introduced for the first time in the state’s legislative history, public hearings on state budgets.

The intention was to give the people an ample opportunity to contribute to the governance and finance administration process of the state government. He reported recently that the outcome of the stakeholders’ public hearing and “collective position on the budget was what informed the House of Assembly’s ultimate approval of about 470 billion naira for the 2013 fiscal year.” With the presentation of the 2014 budget to the house, the Onofiok Luke Finance and Appropriations Committee, again engaged stakeholders, finance ministry officials as well as their counterparts in the ministry of economic development and principal officers of the house, on a one day budget meeting, where their views, criticism, recommendations, were collated to form part of the working tools of the committee.

The public was also briefed by ministry officials on various aspects of the budget. This was an innovative way of making the budget, what one of the stakeholders and chairman of the state Civil Liberties Organization, Barr Clifford Thomas called, “the people’s budget”. The young lawmaker and lover of Nigerian youths, is also actively involved in other areas of the house activities, either as member or vice chairman. Some these committees are, Information, education, public accounts, parliamentary advisory matters, Judiciary, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Public petitions, health, Economic development, youths and sports, security, special projects, monitoring and implementation. In the area of representation, Hon Onofiok Luke has equally proved his mettle. He has been able to attract a number of projects to his constituency, but the queen of his contributions to his people is the introduction of a legislative internship programme for the youths.

Through his The Onofiok Luke Legislative Internship Programme (TOLLIP), 15 Akwa Ibom youths, five from Nsit Ubium and ten from other parts of the state are given the opportunity to learn the rudiments of legislative engagements. It is aimed at giving the youths a close insight into the workings of the legislature, which is the fulcrum of any democracy. He aims to fire the youths up in democratic governance. According to Luke the programme “provides interns the platform to hands-on learning of basic legislative engagements from a close range”. Apart from this, the interns are also exposed to “trainings in community development and volunteerism, entrepreneurship, talent discovery, peace building and conflict resolution”. These are core values that would develop our youths for a greater tomorrow.

Hon Onofiok Luke is a man who understands the language of poverty; the rhythm of want and the agonizing music of going to bed at night in an empty stomach. He is a Christian, whose religious piety tallies with the saintly Mother Theresa (not the imposturous Mother Theresas of this world), who admonished that some people can only see the image of God in the bread you have to offer them. As a leader, he walks the streets and hamlets of his constituency in pain, feeling, as it were, the nudging hunger etched in the sad faces of the deprived. In 2012, he decided to make a difference. He understood that it was practically impossible for him to take care of the entire community, but again, like Mother Theresa, he decided to just “do” for a few. He gave seed money, ranging from N50, 000 to N100, 000 to 40 Nsit Ubium people made up of market women, widows, youths, the handicapped. He also presented 11 cars and two buses to supporters and groups. In 2013, he upped the ante, this time giving out N100, 000 to 170 constituents, made up of 10 widows, 15 other women, 34 men and 91 youths as well as two buses, one each to Traditional Rulers’ Council and students and ten new cars to other supporters. His investments in the lives of these men and women did not come because he had too much on his own, but because of his abiding love for his people. To youths of Akwa Ibom state, Hon Luke is gradually creating an image of the pathfinder, one they could look up to when the chips, as they say, are down. He is a model for youths of Nigeria that have become pawns in the hands of politicians. He says his mind at very critical situations. His recent brush with some elements in the state is a testimony of the awe and selfish jealousy harboured against him by some political hawks. These political predators would stop at nothing to ensure that he is brought down. But he has continued to enjoy the overwhelming support and rabid loyalty of the broadest spectrum of youths in the state.

Perhaps Luke’s boldest political moves for the year 2013 was his audacious effort at reconciling the gladiating duo of Senator Effiong Bob and Mr. Umana Okon Umana, both senior political figures from his constituency. To some, it may appear a token display of political gaming, but to many it was a first step to the desired reconciliation between the two. Luke’s internal strength is often masked by a frail physic. He has the humility that besots him easily to the old and young alike. I remember a visiting friend once asking me if Luke was playing politics or whether he was that humble. The question was elicited by the member’s insistence in always going to meet the visitor in his hotel room, no matter how humble the hotel might appear. Another senior civil servant based in PortHarcourt was humbled when the young man had to rush across a crowded room, barefooted to meet and greet him.

To many, these may mean nothing, but in a clime where when you are with the most infinitesimal speck of political power, you become lord, such humble manners raise questions. But that is the man Luke. He is at home with the rich, the poor and the down-trodden, My man of the year has passed through the rough and tumble of politics; had the best of times; enjoyed the love and adoration of those who are close to him and those who merely know him by reputation. He has displayed statesmanship; a messenger of peace; a political meteor shinning and giving direction to Nigerian youths on the way to follow; a friend even in crisis; a pillar to the helpless and a fearless defender of what is good, righteous and beneficial. He has carved a niche for himself with his high profile legislative presence; his unequalled understanding of the Nigerian political landscape.

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