Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Soni Udom tipped to replace Moses Ekpo as Deputy Governor

2019 Akwa Ibom Deputy Governor Seat- Soni Udom tipped to replace Moses Ekpo
Ahead of next year’s general elections, there are strong indications that Mr. Soni Udom is being lined up as possible replacement for Mr. Moses Ekpo.

Soni Udom, who recently defected from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) is being tipped as the man that will stabilise the boat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abak 5 where he hails from.

Those who made a strong case for the former APC stalwart, in a chat with our reporter, were of the view that he will use his political strength and goodwill to sway votes from the camp of the opposition APC where he was a rallying force until his defection to the ruling PDP in the state.

The stakeholders of Abak 5, THE INK learnt, maintained that Soni Udom will use his experience and political clout to mobilise support for the Peoples Democratic Party in next year’s polls.

Since Soni Udom is from Abak 5, it is believed that his choice will not raise eyebrows given that the current occupier of the seat, Mr. Moses Ekpo is from the same area.

The Ink gathered from competent sources that Mr. Moses Ekpo may be dropped as running mate to Governor Udom Emmanuel as the 2019 polls gathers momentum.

AKHA 2019: Eket TRC consent, bless Ekanem Willie

Akwa Ibom 2019- Monarchs Pray For House Of Assembly Hopeful In Eket - THEKILLERPUNCHNEWS
The Eket Traditional Rulers Council (ETRC) has unanimously given their consent to identify with the aspiration of Hon. Ekanem Willie to represent Eket in the legislature in 2019.

The council presided by Edidem E.C.D. Abia, Attah Ekid Afid and paramount ruler of the area, described him as a suitable material for the position, who understand the responsibilities of a law maker and will therefore be a worthy representative and spokesman of the constituency in 2019.

According to him, Ekanem will adequately represent the yearnings and collective interest of the community in view of his experience in governance and as a grassroots based political administrator.

Abia noted, a legislators level of representation determines the volume of projects and funds allocated to his constituency in the appropriation estimates and expenditure profile of the state government.

The Royal Father expressed displeasure at the attitude of elected political office holders on their triennial briefing and empowerment programmes conceived as a campaign avenue for another mandate instead of a feedback mechanism. He finally encouraged him, insisting, he is capable for the envisaged position.

The Clan Head of Afaha, Obong M.D. Uwem in his remarks recalled the pragmatic and intelligent leadership qualities of Ekanem had given him an edge over other contestants for the position.

Youth Development Fund Bill: Civil Society Groups demand audience with Akwa Ibom Governor

Youth Development Fund Bill: Civil Society Groups demand audience with Akwa Ibom Governor

Over 53 NGO’s and civil society organizations under the auspices of the Youth Advocacy Cluster – YAC, is continuing its campaign for the call for public hearing of the Akwa Ibom Ibom Youth Development Fund - #AKYDFBill  sponsored by the Chief Whip of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Emmanuel Bassey, member representing Ini State Constituency

The advocacy campaign started in October 2015, as the bill passed second reading on 27th April, 2017 and was moved to the committee stage under two committees; Committee on Youths, Security and Sports headed by Rt. Hon. Victor Udofia, member representing Ikono State Constituency and Committee on Economic Planning and Development headed by Rt. Hon. (Sir) Udo Kerian, member representing Oruk Anam State Constituency. This was to be later followed by the Public Hearing of the Bill before being passed into law.

Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, and many months have passed making it over one year and the Public Hearing of the Bill is not in sight, despite promises made.

NUJ Boss commends THE INK Newspaper *As he resumes familiarization visit to media establishments

BY JOHN ETUKUDO & UNYIME BASSEY
NUJ Boss commends THE INK Newspaper *As he resumes familiarization visit to media establishments

The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom State Council, Elder Patrick Albert has said that he holds THE INK NEWSPAPER in high esteem. 
The state chairman made this known yesterday (Monday) during a familiarization tour to the INK NEWS PAPER office. 

The state chairman who was accompanied by his aides to the Ink office at Ikot Ekpene Road, Uyo, said that he chose THE INK NEWSPAPER as his first port of call on resumption of the familiarization visit which kicked started months ago.

The NUJ chairman thanked the publisher of THE INK NEWSPAPER, Comrade Nsibiet John for a warmth reception given him and his entourage in his office. He commended the media organization for their style of reportage, which he said is in line with the ethics of the journalism profession. He averred that journalism is one medium that has serviced the entire mankind and encouraged staff of the media house to believe in the profession and put forth excellent reports that will promote its corporate image with adherence to ethical compliance.

The NUJ boss further promised to stand firm to defend all journalists in Akwa Ibom State, adding that the visit offered him opportunity to interact with members of the Union and feel their pulse, as he is poised to be concerned about the welfare of members and work towards their professional growth.

State vs Nsibiet John: Case resumes in court *Trial within trial to be heard, Thursday June 14

The Magistrate Court of Akwa Ibom State will on Thursday, June 14, resume hearing on the case between the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo and Editor of THE INK Newspaper, Comrade Nsibiet John.

The case which is being presided over by Chief Magistrate Martins Johnny was last adjourned a month ago due to the health challenge which was faced by the Editor. 

However, the Editor is hale and hearty, and hearing on the case will resume on Thursday.

Mr. Nsibiet John is currently standing trial on some Count Charges of Sedition and Defamation following a Publication of THE INK Newspaper with the headline: “Moses Ekpo allegedly pockets N250m Monthly as Security Vote.”
The case was first heard on January, 2017

2019: PDP, APC aspirants seek youthful representation

Recently, what was supposed to be a venue for traditional marriage rituals in Oruk Anam, turned out to be a get-together of politicians with no attention to party affiliation.

Among the top dignitaries at the event was a  young, vibrant and public spirited indigene of Ekparakwa -Engr Nsikan Titus Peter, who is the leading PDP Aspirant for 2019 Oruk Anam State constituency seat.

In the picture below, is the oil and gas expert exchanging pleasantries with his counterpart, the 2019 APC Oruk Anam house of Assembly Aspirant- Hon Noah Noah, during a traditional marriage between Mr Abram Duff Otu and Miss
Elizabeth Jeremiah at Inen Ikot Essien in Oruk Anam LGA.

In a comment, Hon Noah while exchanging brotherly pleasantries with Engr Titus, stated that “Party is not supreme but brotherhood is”. Conversing further, the APC Aspirant who also hails from the Oruk political bloc of Oruk Anam LG,  applauded his counterpart in the PDP, for rising against the injustice of political monopoly in the area.

Hon Noah stated that it is high time our Elders steped aside and focus only on advisory roles.  While congratulating President Buhari for singing the ‘not too young to rule bill’ into law, the Oruk Anam Business Mogul expressed satisfaction with the courageous moves of Engr Peter. 

2019 AKHA Seat: Esit Eket Students declare Etang Sole candidate

Students of Esit Eket extraction in the university of Uyo, have unanimously restated their unflinching support and determination to work and actualize the aspiration of Hon. Ibanga Etang to be in the state legislature in 2019 representing Esit Eket/Ibeno state constituency on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

They have equally declared him the sole candidate for the position based on his excellent performance as the executive chairman of Esit Eket Local Government Council between 2012 – 2015.

students under the aegis of concerned Esit Eket Student at University of Uyo led by Mr. Uduak Aduakide said, by this visit, we have formally flag-off intense mobilization and declare our total support to you as the only visionary and accessible candidate that will represent  Esit Eket/Ibeno in the seven assembly.

This resolution according to him, is in the overall interest and collective wellbieng of the elders, women, students and youths of the two councils that constitute the constituency.

Aduakide noted, though legislators assignment and responsibilities  could be challenging with unpredicted economic and new political environment, but as a committed grassroot politician, Etang should remain resolute and focused.

Eket Women visit Akon Eyakenyi *urges her to run for Senate

Women from Eket Local Government Area under the ageis of AKOYAK ladies over the weekend paid a surprise visit to the Chairman of the Governing Board of Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic Ikot Osurua Dr. Mrs. Akon Eyakenyi.

The delegation in their numbers drawn from the different wards of Eket local Government Area was led by Helen Ekanem.

In her remarks she said that the group having studied and access the kind of woman Eyakenyi is, they have no choice than to throw their weight of support behind her.

Helen Ekanem described Eyakenyi as a woman that has over the years demonstrated qualitative capacity adding that the senatorial hopeful is a consummate politician who is down to earth and very accommodating and hence the reasons why they have to adopt her as the candidate for the Eket senate position.

Responding, Dr. Mrs Eyakenyi described the group as a very wonderful and result oriented body. She acknowledged the support the group has been garnering for her even when she was yet to meet with them adding that the reward for the group will soon manifest.

ADP marks 1st Anniversary in Akwa Ibom ... Inaugurates Party Secretariats in 31 LGAs

Barely 12 months of existence as an accredited political party in Nigeria, the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Akwa Ibom state has celebrated her one year of steady growth and expansion with the inauguration of chapter offices in the 31 local government areas of the State.

The celebration which took place at Oko Ita, Ibiono Ibom local government area, home of the pioneer state chairman of the party, witnessed the unveiling of a brand new chapter office of ADP in the area.

In his remark, the State chairman of the party, Mr. Ubong Emmanuel thanked God for the greater height that the party has attained within a short period of time, attributing it to God’s faithfulness, mercies and endorsement of the party.
He promised that ADP would take over power in Ekiti State in the forthcoming gubernatorial election, then spread to the national and state levels in 2019.

Mr. Emmanuel disclosed that the philosophy of the party is to stem the tide of youth restiveness, poverty alleviation, job creation and equal power allocation in Nigeria. He called on the residents of the state to embrace ADP as the credible alternative political party in Nigeria.

Oro People are solidly behind Udom Emmanuel - Akon Eyakenyi

Oro People are solidly behind Udom Emmanuel - Akon Eyakenyi

BY SAMPSON ENYONGEKERE

A Former Minister for Lands and Housing and frontline Senatorial aspirant in Akwa Ibom South (Eket) Senatorial District, Dr. (Mrs) Akon Eyakenyi says the people of Oro ethnic nationality are solidly behind the governor, Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel in his quests to be re-elected by 2019.

Dr. Eyakenyi said this Saturday June 10, at Ibom Hall during the inauguration of the national and chapter executive committee members of the socio-political group, Transformation Initiative for the Empowerment of Ibom People (TIEIP).

The former Minister emphasized that it was false and erroneous the rumours making the round that Oro people are in support of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and will rather vote en mass for the party’s candidate come 2019, in view of the alleged neglect of the Federal Constituency by the PDP led government in the State.

She described the assertion as unfounded, baseless and a blackmail intended to portray the good and peace-loving Oro people in bad light and discouraged those  peddling the rumour to desist forthwith, saying it was inimical to the growth and development of the people and at variance with the collective stand of  her people.

Federal Polytechnic Ukana gets acting rector

Federal Polytechnic Ukana gets acting rector, EMEM PAUL UDOFIA, PhD, CLN, FIPP
 
The Governing Council of the Federal Polytechnic, Ukana, has appointed Dr. Mrs. EmemUdofia as acting Rector for the Polytechnic. This follows the completion of the tenure of the pioneer Rector Prof. BalamaObomanu on the 9th of June, 2018.
 
Until her recent appointment, Dr. Mrs. Udofia was the Polytechnic Librarian. She is to hold office pending the appointment of a substantive Rector for the Polytechnic.
 
In a brief handing over ceremony, the outgone Rector Prof. BalamaObomanu thanked the Management of the Polytechnic for the cooperation given him and expressed optimism that such will be given to the acting Rector.
 
Mrs. Udofia has promised in her acceptance speech thanked the Governing Council for the confidence reposed in her and pledged to work tirelessly to lift the standard of the Polytechnic.
Federal Polytechnic Ukana gets acting rector, EMEM PAUL UDOFIA, PhD, CLN, FIPP

Umana, Nsima in fresh face off over one term agreement

Akwa Ibom Politics: Umana, Nsima in fresh face off over one term agreement
Strong indications has emerged that all is not well between the Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, Obong Nsima Ekere and Obong Umana Okon Umana, Managing Director of Oil and Gas free Trade Zone over the non assurances from the NDDC boss that he will do a single term if elected as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2019.

Our reporter who has following the alleged showdown between the duo, gathered that ObongOkonUmana,and other bigwigs in the APC are gradually becoming frustrated over the non refusal of ObongNsima to convince party stakeholders on the one term agreement.

A source, close to the camp of Obong Nsima who spoke with our reporter over the weekend, alleged that Umana Okon Umana and his cabal have been seriously plotting the failure of NsimaEkere in 2019 because of their fear that Nsima may want to re-contest in 2023 which is expected to be the turn of Uyo Senatorial District to produce the Governor.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Onna road construction: Poor Widow cries out to Udom over imminent collapse of home

Onna road construction: Poor Widow cries out to Udom over imminent collapse of home
A poor widow, Mrs. Amaette Mboso Joshua from Afaha Ubium in Onna local government area has cried out to Governor Emmanuel Udom over the imminent collapse of the house she is living with her family due to the ongoing construction of the Etinan-Ndonoyo road.
Speaking in an interview with the Republican yesterday at her residence in Onna, Amaette pleaded with Governor Emmanuel to save her family from death by paying compensation for their property, which is resting on a cliff to enable them relocate, in the aftermath of a demolition carried out by the contractor handling the project.
The building, of which its foundation is severely damaged, is less than a meter to the drainage being constructed, further exposing it to the danger of being run over by heavy flow of water.
Her words, “Governor Udom Emmanuel, my brother, my son from Awa Iman, please come to our rescue by paying us compensation, so that we can move to a safer place and continue living before this building capsizes.
“This is the house where I gave birth to all my children and trained them. I live in it with my children, two grand children and relatives. It was to be demolished, after it was marked to give way for this road.
But surprisingly while compensation was given for the kitchen, bathroom and three graves, the main building was not paid for.

Nsima Ekere, Udoedehe battle for control of APC in A’Ibom State

Nsima Ekere, Udoedehe battle for control of APC in A’Ibom State
Nsima Ekere, Udoedehe battle for control of APC in Akwa Ibom State

BY KENNETH JUDE
 
As the 2019 general elections draw    near, there is a battle of wits and supremacy between the Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Obong Nsima Ekere and John James Udoedehe.

Both men, THE INK gathered, are battling for the soul of the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State. The duo, it was learnt, are doing all within their power to ensure that one of them controls the party structure in the state ahead of next year’s polls.

While peace have seemingly returned to the party following their peaceful congresses held recently where all the political heavyweights of the party collapsed their factions and interests for the overall interest of the APC in the state, it is believed that both men who are angling for the party’s gubernatorial ticket are bent on taking control of the party structure in order to make their path to clinching the ticket smooth.

Nsima Ekere, a former deputy governor is expected to contest the party’s governorship primary as he seeks to do battle with Governor Udom Emmanuel in next year’s polls. But he faces a stiff opposition from John Udoedehe who enjoys a cult-like followership among key party members in the state. Udoedehe, a former federal minister is believed to be the “king” of opposition in the state having been a member of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) that later fused into the All Progressives Congress (APC). Udoedehe has already declared his intention to contest the 2019 governorship election.

Obong Nsima Ekere was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party until he defected to the All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2015 general elections having fallen out with his then boss, Chief Godswill Akpabio.

As the clock ticks to the party’s governorship primaries, the two gladiators have swung into action, exploring their network of connections both within and outside the state to gather the necessary support needed to sail through at the primary election and call the shots in the party.

For Nsima Ekere, his long term friendship with former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi has reawakened in the light of his ambition to claim the soul of APC in Akwa Ibom State. Amaechi, who is the current Minister of Transportation has always backed Nsima Ekere and it is believed that the man who mobilized massive support that led to the election of President Muhammadu Buhari  has once again thrown his weight behind the governorship aspiration of his friend, Obong Nsima Ekere.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

OKON > EKET PROJECT - A DREAM COME TRUE

OKON > EKET PROJECT - A DREAM COME TRUE

It was celebration galore recently amidst pomp and pageantry when the foremost pressure group in Eket Local Government Area,  OKON > EKET PROJECT  marked her one year anniversary.

Indeed,  joy, enthusiasm rented the air as well as clinking of glasses and thumping of chests for the tortuous journey and the abundant grace to weather the storms so far.

Frankly speaking , the grassroot group has been able to register her presence in the political chessboard of Eket and have left memorable and indelible footprints in the sands of time within a very short time of their existence

The driving force behind the group,  Otuekong Uduak Ekpo Eshiet , the Attah of Ekid Nation also The Apostle and Progenitor of Zoning in Eket went down memory lane on  what led to the coming on board of this vision and mission to the admiration of many political think tanks that graced the momentous occasion.

According to the erudite Engineer and Political Scientist,  Okon>Eket Project came as a child of necessity to champion the cause of continuing to uphold  the enormous Benefits of Geopolitical Zoning of political Powers in Eket LGA. 

He further stated that the Project has been watered,  nurtured and has now crossed the boundaries of making it to stardom and hugging the political headlines of Akwa Ibom State as continuously stated by Gov Udom Emmanuel in his words :
"If Zoning does not favour you , stay away , I want peace in evey part of Akwa Ibom State".

Otuekong Uduak Eshiet also noted with dismay the fast growing and worsening dimension of diabolical oath taking " Mbiam" in politics saying that this is an ill wind that blows no good and as such should be jettisoned and condemned in its entirety.

He sounded it loud and clear that It is now the turn of Okon-Eket Geopolitical Zone to produce the next legislator for the Eket State Constituency seat come 2019 and lauded the kind gestures of their fellow  brothers in the other two Zones who have identified with their cause.

One of the high points was the cutting of the anniversary cake.

Dignitaries from all walks of life graced the occasion among whom were the Group Coordinator,  Obong Inyang Eshiet , Elder Afia Ekpenyong, The Scribe.

Also conspicuous on the line up to add pep to the event were political big wigs of Okon extraction like Hon Thompson Uko , Hon Samuel Ibok , Mr Michael  Uwemedimo,  Mr Victor Isemin and Comrade Oton Okon among others.

Friday, 27 April 2018

WHEN FALSEHOOD BETRAYS

WHEN FALSEHOOD BETRAYS

The easiest way to detect a lie is to ask the liar to repeat himself or herself. The first narrative will be different from the second and the second and first different from the third. That was the case of a story cooked up by some miscreants about Otobong Effiong Bob, Esq. and the issue of mbiam with regard to his aspiration.

One narrative said the chapter chairman of the PDP in Nsit Ubium was the first to swear to the oath. Another one said it was the PDP Ward Chairman for Ubium South 3. And yet another version said the Commissioner for Lands and Town Planning was at the venue. As if those were not enough, they said in another breath that details were loading.

It would have been fair for us to leave it at that and ask the reading public to judge for themselves. But in these political times, most things need explaining.
1. They said the incident took place in the village in Nsit Ubium. The Honourable Commissioner never left Uyo the whole of yesterday April 26, 2018 except when he went to Ukanafun on an official engagement.

2. The PDP Chapter Chairman for Nsit Ubium was busy attending to other party matters and is not a member of the ward they made reference to.

3. We are not aware of any Nsobom Ikopo who is a Ward Chairman in the whole of Nsit Ubium.

4. Neither Otobong Effiong Bob Esq nor Senator Effiong Bob, FCIArb is from Ubium South 3. They do not reside in the state and have no knowledge of what the writers of the story are insinuating.

More importantly, Otobong Effiong Bob Esq. has no reason to administer mbiam on anybody. The reason is that he has consulted widely and his acceptability is overwhelming - amongst the youth, the women and the elders. One does not need diabolical means to win the hearts of the people. His intelligence, exposure, educational attainment and Christian upbringing stand him out of the miscreants and the mediocre.

More than all these Otobong Effiong Bob Esq. has been raised on very high and sound Christian values and principles and so cannot deviate from such path. The idea of mbiam or any diabolical act is an anathema to him.

It is possible that those who brought forth the story have diabolical tendencies. Nsit Ubium people should see them as such and veer away from them.

Perhaps, the sponsors of the mbiam story having found themselves rejected by the people of Nsit Ubium and having failed in their previous attempts are activating this latest effort. They have failed before and failure will continue to dog their path.

We do know that the good people of Nsit Ubium have since made their choice for the Nsit Ubium State Constituency seat come 2019, therefore no blackmail, campaign of calumny or character assassination will change their minds. However, we have to urge the people of Nsit Ubium to remain steadfast and disregard the antics of desperate political jobbers.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

YOU WON'T GO FOR SECOND TERM, PDP TELLS EKET LAWMAKER

Akwa Ibom 2019: Eket Stakeholders Reject David Lawrence Reelection Bid.
YOU WON'T GO FOR SECOND TERM, PDP TELLS EKET LAWMAKER

Inability to carve a niche for himself as an active and committed lawmaker has landed Mr. David Lawrence in the bad books of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Mr. Lawrence who is presently representing Eket State constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly was openly informed by the party Chairman Obong Paul Ekpo that he is among the lawmakers that will not return in 2019.

Our reporter gathered that about a month ago the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Barr Onofiok Luke had taken all members of the Assembly to meet with the Party Chairman Obong Paul Ekpo in his Shelter Afrique residence.

At the meeting, the way forward for the legislature and the party was discussed and the need for a greater synergy was also expatiated.

At the end of the meeting, the Speaker of the Assembly is said to have asked Obong Paul Ekpo saying, Mr. Chairman, please I am sure all of us interested in second term will return?

In response, the party boss was sharp saying No, all of you cannot return.

IBENO BEACH IS VERY SAFE FOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Ibeno Beach Is Very Safe For Recreational Activities
IBENO BEACH IS VERY SAFE FOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

(Charles was only making  distressed statements, says Ibeno Chairman

The Chairman of Ibeno Local Government Area has described as a wild virus spread on Newspapers, Online news platforms and social media platforms against the image of Ibeno beach and the local government area by extension. Special Adviser to the Chairman on Media and Publicity Victor Ibok stated this in a release made available to THE INK reporter in Uyo.

He said, it is often said that "an un replied lie will naturally assume the status of a truth
 Hence, I  write with specific emphasis on the publication found on Pulse.ng (an online news medium) on the 12th April 2018, with the caption " Uyo Skye Bank Manager drowns at Ibeno beach, unfit for fun" .

My concern In the publication, lies in the following statements made by one Charles, identified to be the sibling of the deceased.

According to Charles: " If we had any iota of doubt that the beach was not 100 per cent safe, we would not have gone there. Where we were was sandy".

" I don't believe in mystical power. Maybe an oceanographer may have an explanation for what happened. But that beach is unsafe for any form of recreational activity" .

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Lawmaker betrays Eket people*Disrespects zoning

Eket rejects David Lawrence
Lawmaker betrays Eket people*Disrespects zoning

Betrayal has been a cankerworm that destroys trust, confidence and even our democracy.  It is one element that can lead to conflict if not properly managed by the parties involved.

It is rather unfortunate, sad and disheartening that Mr. David Lawrence, a lawmaker who is supposed to be a bridge-builder and a role model to his people, has allowed desperation, selfishness greed to becloud his sense of representation and reasoning, therefore, making himself a betrayer to the very people he vowed to serve and respect the laid down political zoning arrangements in the area. Thus, the self-styled lawmaker reneged on the pact he had with the people of Eket State Constituency before he was elected to represent them in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

David Lawrence has betrayed the people of Eket state constituency by his decision to go for a second term, which is considered as a blatant display of arrogance and disrespect to the people of Eket and its zoning principles. A scenario, if not properly addressed, may tear the once peaceful and  united people of Eket apart.

It was gathered during a meeting by some political stakeholders in Eket on Wednesday, 18th April, 2018 , that David Lawrence, during his consultation visit to the Clan Head of Okon in 2015 to represent Eket State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, had vowed to serve for one term ( 4 years duration), so that Okon Clan could take their turn in 2019, but today, the reverse is the case, as he has thrown everything within his disposal to impose himself on the people for yet another term, despite the fact that the zoning system does not favour him. A plot that will be vehemently resisted by the good people of Eket. 

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Akwa Ibom CAN Chairman Lacks Attributes Of A Christian - Former Governorship Aspirant

Akwa Ibom CAN Chairman Lacks Attributes Of A Christian - Former Governorship Aspirant
Akwa Ibom CAN Chairman Lacks Attributes Of A Christian - Former Governorship Aspirant

A former 2015 Governorship aspirant in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Ndanti Ekuh has described the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Ndueso Ekwere as a liar, saying that the Can leader lacks the attribute of a core Christian, despite his position as the Chairman of Christian body in the state.

Ekuh stated this while reacting to the recent media report credited to the CAN chairman alleging that he (Rev. Ndueso Ekwere) met an empty treasury when he took over office from the previous Chairman of CAN in the state and that the sum of N100 million donated to the body by the then Governor Akpabio is missing.

Speaking to journalists in a press briefing, Ekuh said Rev. Ekwere can not deny knowledge of what transpired in the immediate past administration of CAN considering the fact that he was a member of the Executive of the body serving as Financial Secretary.

Ekuh who is also the publisher of Daily Detail Newspaper said that findings by him revealed that Ekwere was given a handing over note in which details of how the said money was used as well as the remainder were clearly stated.

According to him, what delayed the building of the proposed Secretariat as revealed by his investigation include non payment of compensation to host community and delay in relocation of the former occupant of the land by the state government.

"Rev. Ekwere is a blatant liar and a disgrace to Christianity, particularly, Qua Iboe Church where he is serving as a minister. How can he claim that as a former Financial Secretary of CAN he was in the State, he doesn't know what transpired in the previous administration of the body? I have made personal findings and discovered that upon his assumption of office, he (Ekwere) was given a handing over note in which a breakdown of all administrative decision and actions were clearly stated.

Friday, 13 April 2018

OBA set to brief constituents

OBA set to brief constituents

Nseobong David

All is now set for the mother of all Constituency briefing by the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North East in the National Assembly, Obong Bassey Albert (OBA).

The Chairman media committee of the event, Elder Patrick Albert made this known while briefing newsmen today in Uyo.

Elder Albert who is also the chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists Akwa Ibom State Council revealed that the Constituency briefing by the Senator which will be a week-long event, will begin on Monday, April 16, 2018 with inspection of projects and other activities, and will climax on Friday 20th April 2018 with the mega Constituency briefing by the Senator at the Uyo Township stadium by 10am.

The Chairman further said that event is not a political bait, as OBA is a Senator that empowers daily, and a stable man who believes so much in the will of God.

He used the occasion to invite all to attend the event and witness as Senator OBA brings the dividends of democracy to the grassroots.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

SABOTAGE: UDOM'S SECOND TERM IS SELFISH, Says Aide

SABOTAGE: UDOM'S SECOND TERM IS SELFISH, Says Aide

It is becoming increasingly interesting that most of the Special Assistants to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State are of the opinion that Mr. Udom Emmanuel will not win a second term.

The latest in that school of thought is the Governor's SA on project monitoring Mr. Raphael Anwanakak who hails from Okobo Local Government Area describing the second term ambition of Udom as Selfish and anti Oron project.

Awanakak openly displayed this in Oron township stadium during the reception of the SSG Mr. Emmanuel Ekuwem and the first ever female President General of Oron nation, Mrs. Janet Amba.

At the event, Awanakak had mobilized youths numbering over fifty with placards with inscriptions, NO Second term for you, we reject your second term and others too unprintable against a man who is his boss.

The Okobo politician who supervised the display of the placard against the Governor told newsmen that the State Chief Executive has not lived up to expectations and will have to be voted out in 2019.

He said ever since he was appointed into office, that the Governor have not deemed it fit to give him a car as is the normal practice. He however wondered why such a man should be supported to win a second term.

Meanwhile, the youths hired by Awanakak however had luck ran out of them when they were accosted and one of them Michael Effiong Bassey from Ataha Oro arrested by security agencies led by a CSO to the Governor Mr. Kalia.

Upon interrogation, Michael Effiong Bassey opened up saying that they were hired by Awanakak.

A search for the Governor's aide could not be successful as the OKOBO born politician had scampered out of sight.

Those who witnessed the incident maintained that security agents who came with the Governor had promised to fish out Awanakak and deal with the situation accordingly.

But the Governor's SA was not two time lucky as he was manhandled by youths of Oron nation at SKYPOINT Hotel when he went to attempt hijacking the money that was given to youths by the Governor.

Eye witness accounts hold that Orman Esin and Victor Antai had directed youths to assemble at the Hotel for the purpose of sharing the funds.

Awanakak is said to have invaded the hotel with his gang and made attempts to run with the money saying Udom cannot come to Oron and give money to Orman Esin and Victor Antai to share when he is in charge.

When youths of the region noticed the trouble caused by Awanakak, a youth leader of the area, Mr. Murphy led others and descended on him, beating Awanakak to a pulp. He was however rescued by Orman Esin and Victor Antai after he was unconscious.

Awanakak was however ferried to Uyo where he was admitted in an undisclosed hospital for treatment.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Guide Newspaper Publisher, Emmanuel Sam under DSS Custody

Guide Newspaper Publisher, Emmanuel Sam under DSS Custody

The publisher of  Guide Newspaper, Emmanuel Sam is currently under the custody of the Akwa Ibo State office of the Department of State Services, DSS, off two lanes.

Speaking with THE INK correspondent at the verge of honouring the invitation, the publisher said reasons for the invitation were unknown but added he was ready to meet them.

Meanwhile, the media community awaits the outcome of the invitation as journalists have urged the DSS to exhibit professionalism in attending to any issue concerning the publisher.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

NKEREUWEM EKANEM SELECTED POLITICAL LEADER OF UBIUM SOUTH

NKEREUWEM EKANEM SELECTED POLITICAL LEADER OF UBIUM SOUTH

NKEREUWEM EKANEM SELECTED POLITICAL LEADER OF UBIUM SOUTH 

Major Political Stakeholders in Ubium South on Wednesday April 5, 2018 selected Engr. Nkereuwem Ekanem as their Political Leader. In a well attended ceremony at the instance of the Hon. Commissioner for Lands and Town Planning, Arc. Ime Ekpo, the stakeholders annulled the charade of Saturday March 31, 2018 which purportedly declared Obong Essien Esema as the Political Leader of the area. 

It would be recalled that Obong Essien Esema had late last month invited people to his family compound for Easter merriment through a text message that read as follows “On behalf of my family, I wish you a very happy Easter that is filled with plenty of love and happiness. **please join me in an Easter merriment on Saturday morning 31st March, 2018: Venue: Esema Compound, Eket-Oron Road, Akai Ubium, Nsit Ubium L.G.A. Happy Easter. ObongUnwana Essien Esema” However, it turned to be an occasion where he presented himself as the Political Leader of Ubium South.

Irked by that development, political stakeholders in Ubium South, including all serving and past political office holders from the zone, PDP Chapter Chairman for Nsit Ubium and other Chapter Officers from the area, all Ward Chairmen and their executive committee members, Councilors representing the three Wards and other political heavyweights from Ubium South, came together to void the self-selection of Obong Essien Esema.

In doing so, the Stakeholders recalled that some time last year the body had selected Engr. Nkereuwem Ekanem to be the Political Leader of the area and wondered why even those at that meeting could form part of the charade of Saturday March 31.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

PDP REJECTS ESSIEN ESEMA AS POLITICAL LEADER

PDP REJECTS ESSIEN ESEMA AS POLITICAL LEADER

The Peoples Democratic Party in Ubium South has rejected SA to the Governor on Petroleum matters, Mr. Essien Esema as the political leader of the region saying the former council chairman lacks the basic capacities to be made the political leader.

The PDP argued also that if Essien Esema should be made the political leader of the area that such should emanate from them and wondered why Obong Inyang Eno the co conspirator of that sham will allow himself to be so used.

In a release signed by the Nsit Ubium Chapter Chairman of the PDP Aniefiok U. Johnny and twelve others made available to THE INK reporter in Nsit Ubium Monday morning, the party resolved that, "the party's Chapter and Ward Executives condemn and reject the purported selection of Obongunwana Essien Edema as political leader of Ubium, that the PDP Chapter and ward Executives also put on hold the planned recognition of Engr. Nkereuwem Ekanem as Ubium South Political leader, that the Party will meet with political stakeholders in Ubium South to decide on how to bring about the political leadership of the area, that in the meantime, Ubium South remains without a political leader, that the Chapter Chairman of PDP in Nsit Ubium, Elder Aniefiok Johnny, shall handle all political matters relating to Ubium South.

Competent sources told THE INK reporter that Esema had invited some stakeholders to his house to celebrate Easter with them and how he turned around to cockily tell the people that he is now the endorsed political leader of Ubium south leaves much to be desired.

It was gathered that Esema had through an SMS invited stakeholders to his grandfather's house for an Easter treat only for him to turn around and announced himself the political leader of the area.

A sample copy of the text message sent by Esema for the meeting obtained by THE INK reporter reads, On behalf of my family, I wish you a very Happy Easter that is filled with plenty of love and happiness.
** Plese join me in an Easter  merriment  on Saturday morning 31st March 2018. Venue: Esema Compound Eket Oron Rd. Akai Ubium, Nsit Ubium LGA. Happy Easter.
Obongunwana Essien Esema.

Sources say, nothing in Esema's invite indicated there was going to be anything like political leadership endorsement and however wondered why the desperateness by Essien Esema for political leadership.

Essien Esema could not be reached for comments when contacted on the development. But sources close to him says, he will fight back

Latest Edition of THE INK NEWSPAPER UYO, AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA

Latest Edition of THE INK NEWSPAPER UYO, AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA

Professor Enefiok Essien celebrates ‘SANSHIP’ in style

Professor Enefiok Essien celebrates ‘SANSHIP’ in style

Professor Enefiok Essien celebrates ‘SANSHIP’ in style
BY ABASIFREKE OBOT

Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Professor Enefiok Essien (SAN), has thanked God for his faithfulness and love shown him.

He stated this last Saturday during the occasion to celebrate his admission as Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

Brother Emmanuel Inyang, in his sermon, said it is a man with the consciousness that his existence and relevance in life is rooted in God that sees reasons and the need to offer appreciation to God. He said: “the only thing God wants from us is a heart of thanks."

Brother Inyang noted that God was the sole and ultimate cause of the gathering. He added that every event was being designed by God at the appointed time, “hence every event witnessed by man is only a display of the wisdom and infallible plans of God for humanity and our role is to appreciate God as His plans unfolds.” He however said that one of the greatest challenges in the world today is that humans are not willing to wait for this appointed time.

"Different people have different timing to achieve their different goals. Professor Essien may not be the most brilliant in the world, but then God decides to favour him," he said.

How politicians frustrated last voter’s registration exercise – AKISIEC Boss

How politicians frustrated last voter’s registration exercise – AKISIEC Boss
BY KENNETH JUDE

The Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission Chairman, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak has made shocking revelations of how some politicians in Akwa Ibom State frustrated the effort of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in ensuring that every citizen of voting age has a voter’s card in the State.

Speaking during the week in Uyo while addressing citizens of the state from Uyo Local Government Area as part of the state-wide voters’ mobilization and sensitization exercise carried out by the commission, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak said some politicians in the state are hoarding thousands of voter’s cards thinking that they can use such cards for their selfish interest during elections.
He lamented that such act disenfranchise the owners of the cards and frustrates the effort of INEC in ensuring that the citizens of voting age are enrolled and given their voter’s cards.

“Some politicians have up to 1000 to 2000 cards in their houses. What are they keeping those cards for? When you hoard other citizens’ card in your house, you are disenfranchising those citizens. If you have 2000 voter’s card in your custody, you are disenfranchised 2000 citizens. So, if you have other citizens’ voter’s cards with you, release those cards to the right owners because they will not be of any use to you and keeping those cards is a criminal offence,” Mr Ikoiwak said.

How politicians frustrated last voter’s registration exercise – AKISIEC Boss

How politicians frustrated last voter’s registration exercise – AKISIEC Boss
BY KENNETH JUDE

The Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission Chairman, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak has made shocking revelations of how some politicians in Akwa Ibom State frustrated the effort of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in ensuring that every citizen of voting age has a voter’s card in the State.

Speaking during the week in Uyo while addressing citizens of the state from Uyo Local Government Area as part of the state-wide voters’ mobilization and sensitization exercise carried out by the commission, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak said some politicians in the state are hoarding thousands of voter’s cards thinking that they can use such cards for their selfish interest during elections.
He lamented that such act disenfranchise the owners of the cards and frustrates the effort of INEC in ensuring that the citizens of voting age are enrolled and given their voter’s cards.

“Some politicians have up to 1000 to 2000 cards in their houses. What are they keeping those cards for? When you hoard other citizens’ card in your house, you are disenfranchising those citizens. If you have 2000 voter’s card in your custody, you are disenfranchised 2000 citizens. So, if you have other citizens’ voter’s cards with you, release those cards to the right owners because they will not be of any use to you and keeping those cards is a criminal offence,” Mr Ikoiwak said.

How politicians frustrated last voter’s registration exercise – AKISIEC Boss

How politicians frustrated last voter’s registration exercise – AKISIEC Boss
BY KENNETH JUDE

The Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission Chairman, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak has made shocking revelations of how some politicians in Akwa Ibom State frustrated the effort of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in ensuring that every citizen of voting age has a voter’s card in the State.

Speaking during the week in Uyo while addressing citizens of the state from Uyo Local Government Area as part of the state-wide voters’ mobilization and sensitization exercise carried out by the commission, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak said some politicians in the state are hoarding thousands of voter’s cards thinking that they can use such cards for their selfish interest during elections.
He lamented that such act disenfranchise the owners of the cards and frustrates the effort of INEC in ensuring that the citizens of voting age are enrolled and given their voter’s cards.

“Some politicians have up to 1000 to 2000 cards in their houses. What are they keeping those cards for? When you hoard other citizens’ card in your house, you are disenfranchising those citizens. If you have 2000 voter’s card in your custody, you are disenfranchised 2000 citizens. So, if you have other citizens’ voter’s cards with you, release those cards to the right owners because they will not be of any use to you and keeping those cards is a criminal offence,” Mr Ikoiwak said.

Akwa Ibom State DPO donates private car to police

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Akwa Ibom State DPO donates private car to police

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