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Business / A Must Read : A'ibom Commissioner Elected Chairman Cibn.. by Ibomheadlines: 10:18am On Jul 29
A'IBOM STATE COMMISSIONER ELECTED CHAIRMAN CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF BANKERS OF NIGERIA..
... swears in other Exco Members of the Association..

The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) Akwa Ibom State Branch has elected Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, Sir Charles Udoh as its new Chairman

Sir Udoh was elected alongside seven others to pilot the affairs of the branch on Thursday July 29,2022 during the Institute’s 2022 Annual General Meeting/Elections held in the Conference Room of the Central Bank of Nigeria Uyo, Akwa Ibom state

Charles Udoh took over from his predecessor, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpe Michael whose tenure ended yesterday Thursday July 28,2022

While administering the oath of office to the new Chairman, Mrs. Chinenye Onwuka Zonal Coordinator, CIBN South South Zone charged the new leadership to exhibit high professional conduct in discharging their duties. she thanked members for the hitch -free election which produced the new Executives

In his acceptance speech, Sir Udoh extols the contribution of his predecessor in piloting the affairs of institute. He also thanked members for earning their trust and confidence to lead the branch of the institute and pledged together with his Exco members to promote the ideals of the institute at all time in order to move it to greater heights

‘’ I am deeply honoured and grateful to have been elected as the chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the Institute’’. ‘’ I have made a commitment to take the responsibility out of passion and conviction to move the institute to attain greater heights’’

He revealed that his immediate task will be to grow the membership strength of the institute and create more awareness

Sir Udoh who is also the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, Akwa Ibom has banking experience that spans over 30 years.

The outgoing chairman of the branch, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpe Michael while presenting his annual report thanked members, the national body and other stakeholders for the support given him during his tenure. He enjoined members to extend more hands of fellowship and join hands with the Charles Udoh led Executive to move the institute forward

Other members of the executive includes: Mr. Imoowo Ekanem- First Vice Chairman, Ms. Itoro Patrick Sambo,- 2nd Vice Chairman Mr. Emmanuel Olatunji Ojo -General Secretary,Mr. Wisdom Abraham- 1st Assistant Secretary, Mr. Echeta Julian Oluchikwu- Financial Secretary,Mrs. Udeme Okop- Treasurer, Mr. Paul Omojola Oladosu- Auditor

Politics / A Must Read: A'IBOM LAWMAKER Debunk Defection Rumors. by Ibomheadlines: 2:46pm On Jul 05
PRESS STATEMENT

JULY 5, 2022

RE: OBA, SEVEN AKHA MEMBERS TO DEFECT TO YPP NEXT WEEK

My attention has been drawn to a misleading publication on the front page of the Post Newspaper of 6th July, 2022, with the above caption and a rider "defect and get your seat declared vacant - Speaker threatens Lawmakers". The spurious publication which embarrassingly comes with my photograph on the front page, strenuously painted a picture that I, Hon. Anietie Eka, is nursing a defection to a certain Young Progressives Party (YPP).

For the avoidance of doubt, the interest of my constituents and to set the record straight, I state categorically as follows:

1. I am a steadfast Member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and have not at any point nursed or contemplated any defection to the YPP or any party as a matter of fact.

2. I am a core loyalist of His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel and his succession plan and I believe firmly in the capacity of Pastor Umo Eno as the next Governor of our dear state who will sustain the peace and development witnessed in the current administration.

3. It is literally unprofessional and insulting for the publishers of The Post Newspaper to fabricate such childish claims with my photograph, without any confirmation from me or my Office. Just as they are known for, the owners of The Post Newspaper stooped so low by reasoning that I can defect to a party with no single structure in Akwa Ibom State.

4. I urge the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom State Council, to call this group of inexperienced, crude and unskilled monkey writers parading themselves as Journalists to order. Journalism should be based on truth, facts and objectivity, not a tool for blackmail or misinformation, as portrayed by The Post Newspaper.

5. For emphasis sake, the PDP remains my party and the best for Akwa Ibom people. I am loyal to Governor Udom Emmanuel and solidly behind the Governorship aspiration of Pastor Umo Eno who by God's grace and our support, will emerge victorious come 2023.

6. I urge my constituents and indeed the general public to disregard the publication as a tissue of lies and a futile attempt by some junks at tarnishing my reputation.

Signed:

Rt. Hon. Anietie Eka,
Member representing Uyo State Constituency - AKHA

Politics / A Must Read : A'ibom State Governor Meets Councillors by Ibomheadlines: 9:21pm On May 15
GOV EMMANUEL ADVISES WARD COUNCILLORS TO BE AGENTS OF PEACE AT GRASSROOTS LEVEL


Governor Udom Emmanuel has called on Ward Councillors in Akwa Ibom State to be agents of peace and discipline expected of them as leaders given the task of community development

Governor Emmanuel made this known while addressing ward Councillors during a two- day Leadership Retreat, with the theme 'Leadership for Service and Victory' on Sunday, at Ibom Icon Hotel and Golf Resort Uyo.

The Governor said the essence of organizing the retreat for the 368 Ward Councillors in the State has been a fulfilment of his promise to prepare them with requisite leadership skills for an effective interface with the rural communities.


"The reason we pass this knowledge is that you can also use it to build your families because in your homes, families and wards, you are a leader and once you are a leader there are certain things expect of you.

“Some of you lead groups, committee, communities and you must provide leadership at wards, at any level that you have an opportunity you must provide leadership. I want you to see this as an opportunity to lead a good life", the governor stated.

Governor Emmanuel harped on the need for Ward Councillors to inculcate loyalty as an essential leadership virtue which can stand them out in future.

Mr Emmanuel who gave reasons for neglect of the Local Government Areas, principally due to poor funding, however advocated the need for Local Government Areas to access more revenue allocation from the federal government, stressing that adequate funding and attention will serve as a major support to build thY oue rural communities.

"You need to know how much you get as a Local Government, I am one of those who still emphasize that if the grassroot must be built we need to look at the revenue allocation, take more from the center and give it to the grassroot because they are closer to the people so that we can build a stronger society"

The Chief Executive however thanked the facilitators Peculiar People Management ( PPM) in conjunction with Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, for organizing the retreat and also commended the orderliness of the ward Councillors during the retreat.

Earlier in his remarks, Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, described the councilors as leaders in their various wards and urged them not to give themselves to prejudice or allow it influence their official conduct at any time.

Dr. Ekuwem, further enjoined the councillors to be self- confident in themselves and exhibit a high sense of discipline without inferiority complex so as to lead boldly by example.

Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Frank Archibong in his welcome remarks thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for keeping to his promise with the Councillors and called on the 368 councillors who participated to make the retreat count in order to replicate the knowledge gained at the grassroot level.

In a goodwill message, the immediate past Commissioner for Lands, Pastor Umo Eno, commended Governor Emmanuel for organizing the retreat which he noted will build capacity and ideas of the ward leaders and empower them to harness resources towards the development of the rural communities.

Also in a goodwill message, the National Coordinator, Maintain Peace Movement (MPM) Barr. Enoidem, urged councillors to take advantage of the retreat as leaders at their various communities and apply the knowledge gained positively as they have the onerous task to select leaders that will sustain the legacy of the present administration.

The Chairman of ALGON, Engr. Iniobong Robson, thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for keeping to his promise in approving the retreat for Councillors in the state.

One of the resource persons, Dr. Maxwell Ubah, spoke on the importance of leadership and the four principles of leadership, pointing out that leadership has a generational impact and it is about securing the future of the next generation.

Certificate of participation and souvenirs were presented to all ward Councillors.


Media Unit
Govt House,Uyo
15/05/22

Politics / A Must Read : Npdc & Nosl Oil & Gas Exploration Receive A Boost In Akwa Ibom by Ibomheadlines: 1:28pm On Mar 26
NPDC & NOSL OIL & GAS EXPLORATION RECEIVE A BOOST IN AKWA IBOM 

... Exploration work to commence by end of 2022

The Federal Government’s Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Operator and Natural Oilfield Services Limited (NOSL) received a great boost on Friday,25th March 2022, with the recognition of its efforts in Oil and Gas exploration by His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State in the Fields of OML 13, within Eastern Obolo, Onna and Mkpatim Enin LGAs in Akwa Ibom state. 
This Exploration has dawned a new sunshine in boosting the economy of the State as well as that of the Nation. It has opened a gateway of opportunities in the Oil and Gas Industry, to the local communities by significantly unlocking employment opportunities, Empowerment & Development projects and creating a great
growth milestone for the state and a breakthrough for the LGAs.

The State and its citizens are happy to partner a fast-moving company, that will bring employment opportunities and prosperity. 

With high sense of commitment exhibited by different stakeholders in the state, citing project of this magnitude in Eastern Obolo , Onna & Mktaim Enin, will surely bring the biggest success story to Akwa Ibom people and West Africa as a whole.  

Speaking, the Group Managing Director, on Friday, during an inspection of NPDC & NOSL Oil & Gas Exploration in OML-13 site, at Atabrikang Fields, Eastern Obolo Local Government Area, recommitted that OML 13 is determined to play its role in the Oil & Gas industry in Nigeria. He elaborated that the plans to optimise the by-products of Oil fields including Petrochemical, Fertilizers, Polymers plants in future.

He explained that in long run, such endeavours will minimise the import dependency, saving forex exchange of the nation and increase earning by exporting the products to different parts of the world.

According to him , "This project will help in utilizing the resources of the country to bring maximum benefits for one and all. As a pioneer in the Oil business, NPDC is well saddled in the path to make it happen and working relentlessly with Technical & Administrative support of NOSL in one of its biggest onshore oil blocks (OML-13) in the state as well as the Nation. 

"On successful production of the Oil Block the energy requirement of the state will meet substantially and in creating more jobs for Akwa Ibomites."


The Managing Director, NPDC, Ali Zarah, thanked Akwa Ibom State Government for a peaceful atmosphere to operate as a company and assured of bringing development to the community as well as mutual benefits for all.

In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Oil, Mr. Mohit Barot, stated that the company has created over 1000 jobs for youths in the area, carried out numerous corporate social responsibility initiatives in line with their community development plans to include road construction in the community, community halls, education support to students, ICT and on the job training to local community youths, empowerment of women and other life touching projects to improve the economic life of the host community.

He explained that Sterling Oil is active in 18 locations and operational at Eastern Obolo, ONNA and Mkpat Enin local government areas.

“’I thank His Excellency, the State Government, all the stakeholders from the communities for providing this enabling environment which has brought us here today.

‘’We are currently in the advanced stages of completing the onshore facilities for processing and storage of oil. We will have the first oil by end of 2022.

‘’We are here for the development and betterment of Akwa Ibomites but for these, we need a conducive environment that provides opportunity to succeed”’

Akwa Ibom state Governor , Mr . Udom Emmanuel after inspecting the project expressed satisfaction with the pace of work ongoing at the project site executed in partnership with Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) a subsidiary of th

Politics / A Must Read: A'ibom Lawmaker Meets Delegates Ahead Of Pdp Primaries by Ibomheadlines: 12:13am On Mar 23
Guber 2023: Etoi PDP Statutory Delegates Endorse Umo Eno

The gubernatorial aspiration of the Honourable Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Pastor Umo Eno has continued to enjoy widespread adoption and endorsement, as all statutory delegates from Etoi Clan in Uyo Local Government Area, Tuesday, unanimously endorsed him as sole candidate.

In a meeting held at the residence of the Member Representing Uyo State Constituency in Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Anietie Eka, the statutory delegates unanimously endorsed Pastor Umo Eno as their preferred governorship candidate for the party in the forthcoming elections.

Speaking, the Uyo Assemblyman flanked by his wife, Mrs. Mercy Eka reiterate their avowed commitment and support to the Governor's completion agenda assuring that, they were going to lead the compaign for his succession plan.

"This is a time to test your loyalty. Before now, I have already taken a decision that whoever the Governor brought, that's the person I will support because if not for God through Governor Udom Emmanuel and his wife and the political class led by Otuekong Enobong Uwah, I won't have been in the State Assembly today."

On his part, Prince Enebong Enebong who spoke onbehalf of the delegates assured the Lawmaker of 100% votes from Etoi Clan for Pastor Umo Eno adding that, their resolution to support the Governor's succession plan was resolute.

Also speaking, the former Managing Director of Akwa Savings Limited, Mr. Ebong Bassey commended the Lawmaker for organizing the meeting and bringing the delegates of Etoi together to support the Governor's preferred candidate.

Goodwill messages were received by the SA to the Governor on Social Re-orientation, Mr. Ekpeno Gold, Chapter Vice Chairman of PDP, Mrs. Uduak Okon, Leader of Uyo Legislative Council, Hon. Ubong Effiong and selected speakers and they all pledged their total support, loyalty and solidarity to Umo Eno's governorship project

Politics / A Must Read : A'ibom Media Group Berates Sen. Akpan's Campaign Org by Ibomheadlines: 7:08pm On Feb 21
A’IBOM 2023: MEDIA GROUP BERATES SEN.AKPAN’S CAMPAIGN ORG. OVER ALLEGED BLACKMAIL.

A group of media professionals operating under the aegis of Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum (USDMPF) has come hard on the Akwaubokabasi Campaign Organization working for the gubernatorial ambition of Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, accusing the group of using emotional blackmail antics to seek undeserved attention.

Senator Akpan’s Akwaubokabasi campaign group last week raised alarm in the media accusing agents of Akwa ibom state government and Peoples Democratic Party of threatening and intimidating her members and other delegates to the forthcoming elections in order to gain undue advantage over other aspirants in preference for Gov. Emmanuel’s choice.

However, USDMPF in a press statement endorsed by Pastor Michael Okon Head, Publicity & Strategic Communication

Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum tagged:

“Facts And Fictions of Akwaubokabasi Campaign Organization's Allegation of Threat to Public Peace” dismissed the alleged threat and intimidation outcry as misleading and cheap blackmail.

According to the press statement. “Akwaubokabasi Campaign Organization, whose latest hoax is that agents of the Government of Akwa Ibom State and the Peoples Democratic Party are engaging the instrumentality of threat on delegates and members of the party to accord advantage to one of the aspirants does not deserve response from any intelligible mind, owing to its source, illogic and intent.

“The reason is that the source of a testimony determines to a large extent, it’s credibility and objectivity. However, to shield the innocent and vulnerable members of the public, who may not have the capacity to decipher truth from fiction, as typified in this outburst, we in Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum consider it a moral obligation to set the records straight.

“First, the attempt by Akwaubokabasi Campaign Organization to hide behind the cover of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that of the Peoples Democratic Party to masquerade the truth with mendacity and outright falsehood is cheap, blackmailing and to say the least, misleading. For instance, the allegation that party delegates are being threatened and stopped from associating with other aspirants in the party is not only unfounded, but cheap and blackmailing. Playing the victim is an emotional blackmail antics, used by the employer to seek undeserved attention- and in the process cause harm.

The media group asked if it’s not rational, logical and scientifically tenable to make generalizations without any tangible evidence.

“Who did they say was threatened, where, when and by who? In the era of information and communication technology, information is at the disposal of everyone through gadgets and methods such as voice recording and video conversations. Taking cognizance of the above line of argument, it’s safe to say that, the accuser is a victim of his jaundiced thought -process and of hallucinations”.

The group further highlighted, “These array of antics by Akwaubokabasi Campaign Organization cannot be not divorced from the series of threats on the Governor of Akwa Ibom State by imaginary militants to the effect that he should rescind his decision on his preferred successor. We at Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum are hereby call on the Inspector General of Police to investigate this seemingly cult group which has elected to instigate mayhem in the state”.

USDMPF admonish members of the public to discountenance the falsehood propagated by the campaign organization stressing, “ It is our considered opinion that if the organization’s principal has the legitimacy it claims, he should be confident enough to test same at the party’s primaries, rather that dwell in a wild goose chase and conspiracy theories.

Speaking on Governor Udom Emmanuel’s succession agenda, they retorted, “it natural for human beings to

Politics / Eket Senatorial District Media Professionals Writes Ephraim Inyangeyen by Ibomheadlines: 8:32am On Feb 20
PRESS STATEMENT BY ASSOCIATION OF EKET SENATORIAL DISTRICT MEDIA PROFESSIONALS ON THAT VITUPEROUS OUTBURST BY MR EPHRAIM INYANGEYEN: A CALL FOR CAUTION

In line with our avowed commitment to the peace, unity and progress of our beloved state, we hereby wish to sound a note of advice to politicians and their hirelings to refrain from senseless outbursts that could be inflammatory and capable of breaching the peace currently enjoyed in the State. Of particular note is the current video circulated by a former Customs officer, Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen, where he launches spurious allegations against Governor Udom Emmanuel, for the delay in completion of certain roads currently being executed in the State. Ephraim specifically urges blames to be directed to the Governor and the Accountant General of the State, claiming that as Commissioner for Works, he had no hand in financial transactions involving contracts.

This is the most irrational and senseless comment a serving public officer could make against his boss, given the fact that before he was appointed a Commissioner in the State Executive Council, this same man had no known reasonable address in the State capital. Suffice it to say that while he held sway as Commissioner for works, the State saw the worst performance of a public officer in that position. Most roads in his care were either fraudulently poor standard or out rightly abandoned.
With Ephraim as Commissioner for Works, poor handling of compensations and alleged under valuing of properties, hampered the good intentions of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s government in infrastructural expansion. Several court cases and traditional injunctions were the order of the day. It was few months after Ephraim was eased out of the Ministry of Works that major roads started getting serious attention from the new Commissioner. Roads in Oruk Anam, Etinan, Uyo-Ikot Ekpene, Eket, Onna and Oron that appeared impossible, are now nearing completion, and nobody hears any further hue of compensations brouhaha.

Ephraim Inyang's vituperative outburst against the Governor and Government of Akwa Ibom State on video is a public embarrassment. By this show of shame, he has exhibited to the whole world that he was never fit and competent to occupy any sensitive position in government, in line with the Individual Responsibility Principle in a presidential system, which implies that a minister (or cabinet member, in this case) appointed by the president (or Governor in this case) is individually held responsible for any decision made or taken in his department or ministry.

No one wants to stop Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen from attempting to contest for whatever position he seeks, despite his area not being favoured by the zoning arrangements, but in going against the tide, he should not rock the boat and spew wild allegations against the man who picked him up and gave him appointment. In refusing to contest for the Senate seat in Eket Senatorial District Governor Emmanuel chose to behave like Elisha who rejected the gifts from Naaman, while Ephraim , in Gehazi’s style is now trying to covet the very same position his boss had earlier rejected.

If a serving Government Official could open his Mouth this Wide, What he can say when he is no longer in power, can only be imagined. Without sounding judgemental, we are left to ponder on how such an individual who hews betrayal, slander, display of toxicity, arrogance and inciting his people against his brother and benefactor, is in any way fit to hold the mandate of the good people of Eket Senatorial District in the Red Chambers? It is stating the obvious that the people's mandate will be misrepresented and the interest distorted.

We restate our implicit confidence in the leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel, and in Senator Dr. Akon Eyakenyi, who have performed creditably well in their respective assignments to our people. We also throw our weight behind the position of Eket Senatorial District Leaders.

Politics / Permanent Sceretary Is Not A Promotion - A'IBOM STATE GOVERNOR by Ibomheadlines: 7:32am On Feb 18
GOV EMMANUEL TASKS NEW PERMANENT SECRETARIES ON SERVICE DELIVERY, HARPS ON REFORMS IN CIVIL SERVICE

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has sworn in eight new Permanent Secretaries into the state public service, charging them to work hand in hand with Executive Council members in charge of the various Ministries to drive the attainment of his administration's Completion Agenda.

The eight new Permanent Secretaries, with one designated the Auditor General, include, Akparawa James Ndarake Edet, NPOM, Mr. Godwin Jimmy Udoh, Mrs. Regina Isaac Okonko, Mr. Asuquo Selong Edem, Engr. Udosen Ephraim Udo, Mr. Effiong Christopher Nicholas and Mr. Joseph George Esidem, while Mr. Isaiah Robson Ntekim, FCAI, was sworn in as the State Auditor General.


Performing the swearing in at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Uyo, the Governor clarified that the position of Permanent Secretary is not just a rank in the service but a special appointment that requires tested and proven personnel, found worthy in character, experience and capacity.

He also clarified that the office of the Auditor-General has the same status as the office of the Permanent Secretary in the state public service.

He congratulated the new appointees and admonished them not to see themselves as better than others, but to acknowledge God's Grace and favour in their emergence, and encouraging others who have been on the queue for such appointments to be hopeful as new vacancies keep opening.

Tasking the new Permanent Secretaries on service to the people, he said they were coming at a point that they have to pursue the Completion Agenda which, he stressed, was mostly about the people.

He prayed that God will help the new appointees to abide by their oath of office, to place the interest of the people above theirs or any other interest.

In his words, "for people asking if we are swearing in Auditor General or Permanent Secretaries, this Auditor-General has the full status of a Permanent Secretary, so with the power conferred on me, today we are swearing in eight Permanent Secretaries, one of which is the Auditor General of the State".

Furthermore, "Permanent Secretary is not a promotion. It is an appointment. We must test certain skills of yours over the years that will help you dispatch your duties. You must justify why you must be a Permanent Secretary", he added.

He reiterated his goal of creating a fully automated Civil Service by May 29, 2023 to ensure enhanced efficiency and accountability in the management of the state's organisations and assets, and sued for the support of the new Permanent Secretaries.

The governor revealed that his administration has already set up a committee to review some obsolete provisions of the Public Service Rules to allow for best practices place and challenged the new heads of administration to make efforts to bring about innovations that will better the service.

"Please let's see how we can change certain things. Let's do things better and make sure that we are moving towards a society that things are done based on best practices. I don't also like this case of comparison, you can make a difference.

"We have a committee right now that is working on a review of the Public Service Rules to align with what is expected, line with in modern techniques and ethics", Governor Emmanuel stated.

Speaking to newsmen at the end of the event, one of newly sworn-in Permanent Secretaries Mr. James Edet, thanked God for his appointment.

He particularly expressed appreciation to Governor Emmanuel for giving him an opportunity to serve, pledging not to disappoint the people in his assigned responsibilities.

Also reacting, the new State Auditor General, Mr. Isaiah Ntekim, thanked God for the elevation, and promised to do his best not to let down the Governor and the people of the State even as he assured of delivering on his duties.


Media Unit
Govt House, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State

Politics / Uyo Local Government Adopts Pst. Umo Eno by Ibomheadlines: 9:06pm On Feb 16
2023: Uyo Local Government adopts Pastor Umo Eno 

... pledges unalloyed support for Governor Udom Emmanuel 

The Political Leader of Uyo, Prince Enobong Uwah has commended the people of the Local Government for their unanimous adoption of Pastor Umo Eno as their sole Governorship aspirant for the 2023 Polls.

Prince Uwah, who is the Executive Chairman of the Uyo Capital City Development Authority and Secretary of Maintain Peace Movement, MPM, gave the commendation when Uyo leaders and stakeholders gathered at his Shelter Afrique Estate residence on Tuesday,  February 15, 2022, to pass their endorsement on Pastor Umo Eno who emerged as Governor Udom Emmanuel's preferred successor. 

The motion for the adoption of Pastor Umo Eno, the incumbent Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources as the sole Governorship candidate was moved by the member representing Uyo State Constituency, in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly,  AKHA, Rt. Hon. Anietie Eka and seconded by former Deputy Majority leader in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Rev. Barr. Aniedi Ndem.

Eka while moving the motion said the people of Uyo are willing to identify with and support Governor Emmanuel who he said has given direction on his preferred successor. 

Setting the tone, immediate past member representing Uyo State Constituency in the AKHA and current Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission, Rt Hon. Monday Eyo said after giving Akwa Ibom purposeful leadership in the last six years plus, Governor Emmanuel has shown the way that would guarantee a consolidation on his sterling achievements in office and above all sustain the prevailing peace in the State. 

Hon. Eyo said Uyo people came to declare and intimate the Political leader on their position endorsing Pastor Umo Eno.

On his part, Sir Charles Udoh, who serves as Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals said Uyo people appreciate the massive underground drainage project to deflood Uyo and other gully Erosion intervention projects embarked upon by Governor Emmanuel in and around Uyo.

While thanking Governor Emmanuel, Sir Charles Udoh said Uyo people came to demonstrate solidarity and intimate the Political leader on how they intend to get fully involved in ensuring the victory of his preferred successor come 2023.

The Executive Chairman of Uyo, Dr. Uwemedimo Udo in his remarks said the people of Uyo are wholly committed to supporting Governor Udom Emmanuel’s completion agenda and succession plan and as such unequivocally endorse the preferred choice of the Governor being Pastor Umo Eno. 

Dr. Udo said Pastor Umo Eno is a very wise choice given his track record as a very successful entrepreneur who knows how to create jobs and wealth. He expressed confidence that Pastor Eno will sustain the peace in the State and continue to build on the success of Governor Emmanuel. 

Also speaking, Dr. John James Etim, the Commissioner for Power and Petroleum Development, said he is totally in accord with the decision of Uyo to adopt Pastor Eno as their sole candidate for the Governorship and pledged to mobilize the people around the project. 

Other speakers who gave goodwill messages of affirmation included the Uyo Chapter Chairman of PDP, Mr. Enefiok Udofia, Obong Augustine Ikpe, Special Assistant to the Governor on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr. Ime Uwah, Leader of Uyo Local Government Legislative Council, Hon. Ubong Effiong, Chairman, forum of former Chairmen, Chief Clement Ekott and a  Commissioner in the House of Assembly Service Commission, Dr. Roberta Edem.

The enlarged meeting of Uyo had in attendance all 13 out of 14 Councillors of Uyo, all the Supervisory Councillors/Special Advisers serving and former political office holders, women, youth groups, statutory delegates from all the Wards and community leaders.

Politics / A'ibom State Choice Of Successor Is Not A Mark Of Dictatorship by Ibomheadlines: 8:10pm On Feb 15
UDOM'S SUPPORT FOR UMO ENO, NOT A MARK OF DICTATORSHIP - EX MINISTER

- ADVISES AGAINST MEDIA ATTACKS, INSULTS ON THE GOVERNOR

by Mfonobong Ukpong

A former Minister of Lands and Housing, Chief Nduese Essien, says 'the ongoing vilification'' of Governor Udom Emmanuel by aggrieved aspirants was unwarranted, despite the Governor's open support to his Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Pastor Umo Eno for the 2023 Governorship position in the State.

He says Governor Emmanuel has the inalienable right to make a choice as an individual and more so, as a sitting Governor of the state.

In a press briefing held, Tuesday at his Shelter Afrique residence in Uyo, Chief Essien who is also the Political leader of Eket Senatorial district, and a former member of the Federal House of Representatives, Abuja, observed with dismay how the media has been awash with commentaries, insults and 'all sorts of propaganda' from those not favoured by the Governor's position.

Chief Essien maintained that the Governor's choice before the primary election is not the final position in the election, saying all other aspirants and their supporters still have an option of either accepting the Governor's choice or continue to press their luck to be chosen at the next level.

He reminded those aspiring to succeed the Governor to rather go ahead with their consultation and gear up for the Primaries and subsequent election coming ahead, as the PDP would definitely conduct primaries to select a flagbearer for the party, to be followed by a general election to be conducted by INEC, adding that the Governor's decision does not make him a dictator.

"It is unimaginable that a sitting Governor would not be interested in who succeeds him in office.

"His choice at this level does not represent the ''anointing" “imposition” or “insult” to Akwa Ibom State people where there will be Primaries and subsequent election.

"It does not make also make the Governor a “dictator” with other unprintable names”.

"As an active participant in politics since 1979 and an avid student of electioneering processes, I have not seen an election where individuals do not have preferences for aspirants.

"It is the conglomeration of these preferences of individuals that result in the production of a candidate at the primary election of the parties. The candidates of the parties then vie at a general election to produce one person to occupy the office".

Politics / 2023: A'ibom Media Group Petitions Police Ig by Ibomheadlines: 6:22am On Feb 11
2023: AKWA IBOM MEDIA GROUP PETITIONS POLICE IG OVER PLANNED ATTACKS BY MILITANTS SPONSORED BY GUBER ASPIRANTS


Journalists in Akwa Ibom State under the aegies of Eket Federal Constituency Media Professionals, EFCMP have raised alarm over alleged plot by those it refers to as blood tasty desperate power seekers to truncate the prevailing peace being enjoyed in the State.

Recall that the Punch, Nation, Sun Newspapers and some other national dailies had on Thursday 10th february, 2022 carried a news story of threats by a militant group that goes with the name, 'Unyekisong Akwa Ibom' threatening to unleash violence on the state should the Governor fail to withdraw support for Pastor Umo Eno, one of the aspiring Governorship aspirants.

In a statement jointly endorsed on-behalf of the Eket Media Professionals by the Chairman, Jerry Edoho, Secretary, Mfon Bassey and the Publicity Secretary, Edet Edet, the EFCMP wants the police to launch an investigation into the threat with a view to bringing those behind the threats and their sponsors to book.

The group warns that any attempt to disrupt the peace of the state would be strongly resisted by Akwa Ibom people.

The open letter addressed to the IGP reads in part:

"There is no doubt from the content of the threats as captured in that publication, that ‘Unyekisong Akwa Ibom’ and other incubating structures envisaged in this political season is already known to be a political tool that is being wielded by desperate and selfish persons, who think the 2023 gubernatorial seat is the exclusive right of their Federal Constituency.

"Those threats impinge on the collective knowledge of acceptability of the Governor’s preferred choice of successor in Pastor Umo Bassey Eno, across all strata of Akwa Ibom people hence, the reason we issue this swift response.

"The sudden proposition of anarchy on Akwa Ibom to satisfy some selfish power mongers, is archaic, barbaric and calls for an intense security measure to avert this angst on a state with the peace trademark.

"It is an acceptable fact that for the past years, Akwa Ibom people have enjoyed a new narrative of peace and security and the burden of thoughts of reneging into such chaotic system is unthinkable, devastating and unimaginable.

"The tale of this bloodlust desperate power seekers, purposeless leaders with myopic vision, is synonymous with the tales of the gods of destruction in the Greek mythology.

"It could be recalled that the Greek god of destruction (Perses) was worshipped for the devastation and disorder in the land, and such is the intent of the faceless splinter group named Unyekisong, contracted to bring violence and threatening the life of His Excellency and the peace model State, and such act should be vehemently condemned and discountenanced by every Akwa Ibom sons and daughters.

"Akwa Ibom State cannot be on the erstwhile lane of violence and engraved vicissitude, which retracted the pace of growth and development in our State for some time before His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel mounted the saddle of leadership.

"Restoring such days of incivility and barbarism will portray us as people of undiscerning lineage.

"On this note, we make bold to say that the choice of Pastor Umo Bassey Eno as the preferred successor as adopted by the stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party and presented by His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel does not warrant threats from any blood sucking demon.

"We therefore call on the Inspector General of police, Usman Akhali Baba PSC (+), NPM, FDC, who witnessed and testified of the peaceful environment during the recently concluded Police Retreat in Akwa Ibom State, as a matter of urgency, to rise to the occasion and bring every single element behind the issued threat notice, and their sponsors to book.

"No son of Adam has the right to truncate or even attempt to truncate the peaceful coexistence of Akwa Ibom people," they averred.

The media group wanted the perpetrators and the

Politics / A Must Read : My Election Is Between Light And Darkness - Pst. Umo Eno by Ibomheadlines: 10:08pm On Feb 10
PASTOR ENO WANTS SUPPORT FROM FATHERS IN FAITH TO PREVENT AKWA IBOM'S RETURN TO DARK DAYS

Top contender for the 2023 Governorship elections in Akwa Ibom State , Pastor Umo Eno on Thursday, February 10, 2022, visited The Believers Assembly of Nigeria - Uyo, to meet fellow Faith leaders under the aegis of Akwa Ibom Fathers in Faith and other brethren in the ecclesiastical order.

Pastor Eno, himself a serving Gospel minister, said he was happy to "return to his primary constituency, to officially seek their blessings, anointing and ecclesiastical endorsement to become the Governor of Akwa Ibom State".

"I have no altar except the altar of God and I promised that I will sustain the peace we currently enjoy in this state."

He said there was a time people could not do business freely because of insecurity, and urged the support of the church to ensure that enemies of peace are kept at bay.

"If elected as Governor of Akwa Ibom State, by the special grace of God, i will continue preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to all Nations, pray and fast with you, dine with you and rule amongst you.

I will further the course of Christ-centric leadership as initiated by Governor Udom Emmanuel and even raise the bar. So, the Church must be prayerfully ready to wrestle powers with the unbelievers, as my election is going to be a battle between light and darkness".

Earlier in his address, the President, Fathers-in-faith, Prelate Professor Isaiah Isong, thanked God and the Governor for the vision and courage to announce one of their own as his preferred successor and declared heaven's blessings upon him to succeed.

He remarked that the Church was united in faith to give the needed support, prayers and solidarity to Pastor Umo Eno, whom he described as a resourceful and firebrand man of God and God-given leader.

He, however, dispelled rumours of splinter groups in the Faith structure of the State, noting that "there is only one united Fathers-in-faith structure" in the State which, according to him are working concertedly to ensure the victory of furthering peace and development through one of their own at the Hilltop Mansion come 2023.

Politics / Igp Awards A'ibom State Governor With Leadership Award.. by Ibomheadlines: 1:28pm On Feb 10
GOVERNOR EMMANUEL BAGS DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP AWARD FROM NIGERIA'S POLICE BOSS

Governor Udom Emmanuel has bagged a Distinguish Leadership Award from the Nigeria Police Force, in recognition of his sterling leadership qualities and partnership with security agents to promote and sustain peace in Akwa Ibom State.

The award which took place on Wednesday, during a State Banquet, at Banquet Hall, Government House, Uyo, was presented by the Inspector-General, Usman Baba.


Governor Emmanuel had expressed appreciation to the Nigeria Police Force for the choice of Akwa Ibom to host a 2-day Conference and Retreat for Senior Police Officers, and recognition of the people- oriented projects in the State.


The Governor also made an appeal for the hosting of Nigeria Police Games in 2022, assuring that with the ultra-modern stadium and sports facilities in the State, the games will be a success.


"On behalf of government and the good people of this state, let me express our sincere appreciation to the entire Police hierarchy in this country led by the Inspector General of Police. We see this as a great privilege.

"I whispered to the IGP that if this is just a retreat of CPs and above, I can imagine when you bring the Police games later this year, it means it's going to be marvelous and I promise him if he brings the Police games here I will give him the three standard stadia we have here in the state."

The Chief Executive, further described the IGP as a man of capacity and accessible, adding that his leadership in the Force radiates light to Nigeria.

"The entire Akwa is indebted to you, for your show of love, support, benevolence and above all for who you are in Nigeria today".

The Inspector General of Police Usman Baba, thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for hosting the second edition of the Conference and Retreat for Senior Police Officers.

The IGP also commended Governor Emmanuel for his dedication, hardwork and experience to steer the ship of leadership in the State with tangible results.

The Inspector General of Police, pledged to provide security for Nigerians to go about their businesses and called on other Governor's to emulate Governor Emmanuel in his module to achieve peace in the state.

"I want other Governors to emulate Governor Udom Emmanuel, so that Nigeria can enjoy peace and tranquility.

"We on our path are ready, willing and able to provide the required security to Nigerians so long as we have tools to work", he noted.

The IGP assured the state of hosting the Nigeria Police Games 2022, taking advantage of the support the governor granted earlier.

"I have handed the Chairman of Police Games to Governor Emmanuel, who has handed him to his Commissioner for Sports, we will collaborate and leverage on your kind assistance and benevolence to see when we can host the Police Games in Akwa Ibom State", he assured.

Highpoint of the Gala Night featured, presentation of Distinguish Service Awards by the IGP to critical partners of the Police Force; BUA Group, Innoson Group, The Interim Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Effiong Okon Akwa and
Premier Motors.


Media Unit
Govt House, Uyo
10/02/22

Politics / A Must Read : Prelate Mbang Blesses Umo Eno by Ibomheadlines: 4:52pm On Feb 09
PASTOR UMO ENO RECEIVES PAPAL BLESSINGS FROM EX PRELATE MBANG

In continuation of his statewide consultation for the 2023 governorship race, Pastor Umo Eno on Wednesday paid a visit to former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr. Sunday Mbang at his Chapel in Uyo.

Speaking during the visit, the Director General of the Campaigns, Amb. Assam Assam (SAN) said the visit was to seek the face of God and obtain papal prayers from the Spiritual father.

Declaring his intention to the fathers of faith, the frontline governorship aspirant, Pastor Umo Eno intimated the Prelate Emeritus of his desire to contest for the governorship position of the state in 2023.

The Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources noted that the Church is one of the critical stakeholders in project Akwa Ibom especially in the sustenance of peace in the state, admonishing that he has no scores to settle with anyone in the state.

He promised to lead a state free from vendetta and bitterness and to commit time and focus on the enduring economic prosperity of Akwa Ibom State.

Pastor Eno was accompanied on the visit by MPM leadership led by Barr Emmanuel Enoidem, members of the State Executive Council, members of the State House of Assembly, Representatives of the business community, Chairmen of Councils, and opinion leaders in the state.

The visit came with a brief worship service in which Prelate Mbang said it was impossible for him to argue with the choice of Pastor Umo Eno as he had sought audience with the Governor after the unveiling of the Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources.

Drawing reference from the Bible, Prelate Mbang said God has been involved in the appointment, selection or election of leaders both in the Old and New Testament, as he lacks the competence to doubt what God revealed to the Governor, appealing to the people to remain calm and prayerful until God fulfills His will in Akwa Ibom State.

The man of God encouraged other aspirants who may wish to consult him to do so as they are all his children, though Umo Eno has a special place in his heart.

He warned politicians and Akwa Ibom people to be mindful of their actions as everyone will reap what they sow in the build up to the 2023 elections.

Prayers were offered for the peace and prosperity of the state and the success of Pastor Eno's governorship ambition by different priests.

Other clergymen present at the service include Bishop Idem Ikon, Bishop Koko Bassey, Bishop Enobong Essien, Prelate of African Church; Bishop Udofia, and Bishop Udo Ekpenyong, among others.

Politics / A Must Read : Efcc Prosecutes Sen. Bassey Albert by Ibomheadlines: 9:38am On Feb 09
N204M BRIBE:
WE RECEIVED THE VEHICLES FOR OBA’S CAMPAIGN- WITNESSES BEG EFCC

Fresh dimensions have emerged in the ongoing prosecution of Senator Bassey Albert Akpan on six counts of Money Laundering, arising from the allegation that he took possession of six vehicles worth N204 Million, at the instance of one Olajide Omokore, whose companies had contracts with the Government of Chief Godswill Akpabio at the time.

Two witnesses of Senator Bassey Albert claimed to have collected vehicles for him in the alleged money laundering trial by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

In the case brought before Justice Agatha A. Okeke of the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission continued with the cross examination of defence witnesses on Monday, February 7.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had at the last sitting closed its case, while the defendant was ordered to open his defence.

At Monday’s sitting, the defence called two witnesses, Kubiat Etang and Kennedy Ekong, who were cross examined by prosecuting counsel, Attah Ocholi.

The witnesses, under cross examination, claimed they were members of the defendant’s campaign team and that they each received buses for campaign purposes.

However, they were unable to disclose the particulars of the vehicles and also did not state whether they personally took possession of the vehicles.

Asked whether they knew the nature of the transaction between the defendant and one Jide Omokore, the witnesses said ‘no’. They also said they were not privy to the procurement of the vehicles.

Justice Okeke adjourned the case till 10th and 15th February, 2022 for continuation of defence.

EFCC is prosecuting Senator Albert Bassey on six counts of Money Laundering, arising from the allegation that he took possession of six vehicles worth N204 Million, at the instance of one Olajide Omokore, whose companies had contracts with the State Government, at the time.

Investigations revealed that the said vehicles were proceeds of crime and that he committed the offence while he served as Commissioner for Finance, Akwa Ibom State and Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee, in December 2012.

The offence contravenes Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

Politics / A Must Read : On 2023 Uyo State Constituency by Ibomheadlines: 8:43am On Feb 09
ELDER. NDANTI EKUH A SQUARE PEG IN A SQUARE HOLE..

Build up to 2023 election has been more intensed especially now that His Excellency Mr. Udom Emmanuel has announced his preffered choice to succeed him, if such direction were to be infectious for the people of Uyo at the State House of Assembly Elder. Ndanti Ekuh will be our saving grace.

Elder. Ndanti Ekuh can be best described as a square peg in a square hole considering the qualities that makes him the best out of many in the race, although many are joining up on trial while some feel it is a ladder to appointment through compensation knowing too well they lack the merits and credibility to speak for Uyo people at the parliament.

If Leadership is about thinking of what to get for oneself neglecting the purpose of your reason then don't call it efficient representation, leadership and learning are arguably indispensable to each other which serves as a backbone to selflessness but when many vye for a position because it is zoned to their clan and not necessarily that opportunity met preparation then that dream doesnt worth the sleep.

As posited by New York Best selling Author, coach and speaker that "The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” for the reason of this work, adjusting the sail is synonymous to proactivity and objectivity which in turn berths the thirst to dare many voices for the interest of your people.

Uyo Local Government have been blessed with sound and selfless Leaders from the umpteenth time and Elder. Ndanti Ekuh is the best to continue from Rt. Hon. Anietie Eka, already he knows that there is alot on his plate if he must surpass his predecessor from Bill's to Motions and Human capacity development et al .


Having served in many leadership positions in a private firm and in public domain Elder. Ndanti Ekuh is well vested with the tickles of selflessness in public service, he is a feel of jolly, jovial and full of good humour. He is very accessible and intelligently creative.

Supporting Elder. Ndanti Ekuh that is favoured by zoning is a support to efficiency, it is supporting a home breed youth who really understands defining roles of House of Assembly in our Constituency. If not for any reason support him for the Love of Uyo.

- Godwin Edet, a Media Enthusiast writes from Offot Ukwa in Uyo. Local government ...

Politics / Pst. Umo Eno Consults A'ibom Pdp State Chairman.. by Ibomheadlines: 5:45pm On Feb 08
A'Ibom 2023 Governorship: Pst Umo Eno Consults State Party Chairman

... PDP Chair assures delegation of unity, success


Ahead of the 2023 governorship election, the PDP leading aspirant in Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno has consulted the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Aniekan Akpan seeking his support and blessings for success.

Pastor Umo Eno who was accompanied by party bigwigs, said he was at the Chairman's residence to pay homage and appeal for his support ahead of the primaries and election.

He appreciated the Party chairman for receiving his team and for his fatherly role in the party which according to him, kept the party even stronger and more united.

According to him, "I came to handover myself to you and to tell you that I am in the race for the 2023 governorship and to ask for your blessings.

"His Excellency, our Governor has put in so much to take the State to it's present status which must be furthered with creating more jobs by connecting the dots."

Pastor Umo Eno commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for his selfless interest in the development of Akwa Ibom State and for expressing preference in him as his successor and appreciated every member of his team for the confidence and support, assuring that he will not disappoint Akwa Ibom people.

Speaking earlier, the Director General of the Umo Eno Campaign Organization, Chief Assam Assam, SAN, told the party Chairman that he came with a good product for the State which according to him, will further the industrialization agenda of Governor Udom Emmanuel and appealed to the State Party Chairman to accept Pastor Umo Eno and take him as his own in the 2023 governorship election.

Also speaking, the International Coordinator of Maintain Peace Movement, (MPM) Barr Emmanuel Enoidem said, "we as members of the party, partisan members and as members of MPM have come to tell you that we stand by Pastor Umo Eno as our candidate. Pst Umo Eno is a proper product for the party and we will stand by him to ensure victory.

He commended the Party Chairman for being a frontline supporter of MPM and assured him that MPM will stand by him to ensure victory for the party come 2023.

On his part, the political leader of Nsit Ubium, Senator Effiong Bob reminded the Chairman of their earlier discussion stressing that he has withdrawn from the race and appealed that the blessings be transferred to Pastor Umo Eno for success come 2023 governorship.

Responding, the State Party Chairman, Rt Hon (Elder) Aniekan Akpan, welcomed Pastor Umo Eno's delegation and assured that the party is intact, stressing that 2023 victory at the poll is none negotiable. He maintained that irrespective of few dissenting views, the will of God stands sure, stressing that he has received Pastor Umo Eno with open arms.

He thanked the team for the consultation visit and prayed that God will see them through the process.

Politics / A Must Read : A'ibom Ex Info Commissioner Itu/ibiono's Claim On Zoning by Ibomheadlines: 10:45am On Feb 08
GOV EMMANUEL COULD NOT HAVE SHARED ONE SEAT TO ALL THE ASPIRANTS
- Ex Info Commissioner
...Faults Itu/Ibiono's Claims on Zoning

As reactions continue to trail the unveiling of the Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Pastor Umo Eno as Governor Emmanuel's preferred choice for the Hilltop Mansion job come 2023, a former Commissioner for Information in Akwa Ibom State, Prince Chris Abasi Eyo says every other aspirant was hoping to be chosen and blessed by the Governor.

He said however that since the opportunity presented was only one, it would have been practically impossible for every aspirant to have won the blessing of the Governor as he could not have shared the seat to all of them.

Speaking, Monday while featuring on a live radio programme on Comfort FM in Uyo, Prince Abasieyo who is the Chairman of Oro Think Tank said it was very wrong for Itu/Ibiono Ibom indigenes to twist facts in order to lay claims to the 2023 governorship seat.

"There is nothing like micro zoning in Akwa Ibom Governorship race, anyone from the entire Uyo Senatorial District is eminently qualified to succeed Governor Udom Emmanuel in 2023."

"If there was micro zoning, then Oro nation would have had more stake to the seat in 2015", he said, adding that Captain Edet Akpan Archibong of Itu / Ibiono federal constituency had been a governor in the past, while no one from Oron federal constituency had ever tasted the seat.

He said the Governor has not done anything wrong by publicly declaring his support for Pastor Umo Eno and maintained that the endorsement has further provided ample opportunity to test the level of loyalty the Governor enjoys from those who have been openly professing their readiness to support the Governor's completion and succession agenda.

"The Governor has spoken. The Governor is looking at people not coming back to blame him saying he didn't tell me, I've gone so far to spend my fortunes and you are just coming out to tell us now. Almost everybody said they were waiting for the Governor.

"The important thing is that he has not asked the party not to sell the form to anyone else.
The key word there is his own preferred. He's a person. He's an opinion moulder and he has his own conviction".

Recounting his days as a member of the G22, a group of PDP aggrieved governorship aspirants in the 2015 general elections, Prince Abasieyo explained that their anger was because the then Governor failed to intimate them on time about his PREFERRED aspirant, causing them to expend so much money in buying forms and campaigning.

"We formed a group known G22 and wandered into political wilderness, 40 days and 40 nights and we know how it ended.

"The uproar following the endorsement is not unconnected with the fact that we have come a long way getting so used to political gerrymandering and manipulations and body language interpretation.

"And the Governor has come to say this game must be put straight, by giving his direction but human beings find it too difficult to adapt to changes. But with time we will get to this time of straight forwardness, not allowing people to spend their fortunes.

"So many had thought that they would be the anointed". What is happening would lead to a better Akwa Ibom, but i can assure you kingship comes from God. He is the one who makes kings".

"Things must happen for us to properly put people in proper perspectives on who they truly are. An opportunity has come to know whether people who professed loyalty to the Governor were actually doing so as a leap service. This opportunity has come and lucky enough", he added.

Business / Abasi Eyo Makes Radio Debut Today by Ibomheadlines: 8:44am On Feb 07
CHRIS ABASIEYO MAKES A RETURN ON RADIO

Prince Chris Abasieyo is a great historian, a living encyclopedia, and one of the best Orators that have strolled on the shores of Akwa Ibom state.

As an active player in most of the history of the state, Chief Abasieyo has a deep insight and informed perspective on the Akwa Ibom Project.

So what is it about Equity and Justice, zoning and 2023, as far as the Akwa Ibom governorship seat is concerned? What is it about the Governor giving direction ahead of the elections?

The Chairman of Oro Think Tank and former Commissioner for Information will break his long silence today.

Listen to this explosive interview on Comfort 95.1FM by 11am. It promises to be incisive, educative and revealing.

Essien Ndueso
Presenter

Politics / A Must Read : Pst. Umo Eno Records Wide Acceptability by Ibomheadlines: 8:25am On Feb 07
IBIONO IBOM YOUTH LEADERS ADOPT PASTOR ENO FOR 2023 GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION

Youth leaders in Ibiono Ibom local government area, have affirmed support to the candidacy of the Pastor Umo Eno, ahead of the 2023 Governorship race.

They have expressed satisfaction and optimism on the recent emergence of the Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Pastor Umo Eno as Governor Udom Emmanuel's preferred aspirant for the 2023 guber polls.

Rising from a Congress in Okoita the headquarters of the area, the youth leaders noted that Pastor Eno has the requisite qualification and competency to lead the State come 2023.

The youths further met to recognize the leadership intuition and direction of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Matters, Comrade Aniefiok Iwaudofia which it noted brought about peace, tranquility and orderlines among the youths.

They commended Comrade Iwaudofia for aligning with Governor Emmanuel’s succession plan for the State.

The Congress reiterated that Ibiono Ibom LGA which is the vote basket of Akwa Ibom State as evidenced in the last 2019 general elections should be carried along in the build up to the 2023 polls.

The youth Leaders of Ibiono Ibom pledged their undiluted support to Governor Emmanuel and his succession plan of the State.


Those who signed the resolution of the Congress include, Comr. Etébong Ndarake, Chairman, NYCN, Ibiono lbom Chapter, Comr. Blessing Daniel
Chairman, State Youth Caucus, Ibiono Ibom Chapter, Comr. Victor Koffi, Dakkada Coordinator General, Akwa Ibom State & Ibiono Ibom Chapter, Comr. Essien Essien, Chairman, AKwa Ibom Village Youths,
Ibiono Ibom Chapter, as well as Comr. Monday Akpan
Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Christian Youth,
Ibiono Ibom Chapter.

Others included Comr. Aniebiet John
President, Akwa Ibom State Female Youths,
Ibiono Ibom Chapter, Comr. Eyibio Victor
State Rep. NYCN Ibiono Ibom Chapter, Comr. Umana Umana, Supervisor for Youth and Sports
Ibiono Ibom LGA

Politics / A Must Read : Onna Youths Rally Support For A'ibom Next Governor.. by Ibomheadlines: 10:23pm On Feb 05
ONNA Youths rally support for Pst. Umo Eno as Aks next Gov.
...Commend Governor for his visionary leadership


Youths in ONNA Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have declared support for Pastor Umo Eno as the next Governor of Akwa Ibom State come 2023.

They made their position known during a solidarity rally held in ONNA earlier today in support of Governor Udom Emmanuel and in solidarity with Pst. Umo Eno as the "preferred successor"

Addressing the youths, the National Youth Council Chairman, Barr Theodore William said they took the decision following the developmental strides of the Governor and the peace and stability the State has experienced during the last seven years.

William commended the efforts of Mr. Udom Emmanuel's administration on road construction, infrastructure and other projects in the state especially in the education sector.

He said that the youths from ONNA will ensure the victory of the PDP at the poll.

In their separate speeches, youth leaders in the local government area, said the present administration has brought peace, stability, development and therefore deserves the support from the populace.

“Akwa Ibom youth are very happy with this government. The youths and the people of ONNA are behind you in the project to ensure the victory of Pst. Umo Eno in the polls.”

In his remarks, the Chairman of ONNA Local Government Area, Hon (Elder) Iniabasi Ekanem urged the youths to mobilise support for the PDP and resist all acts of intimidation from persons planning to unleash violence on the state as their only strategy to become Governor.

The Chairman, who urged the youths to be peaceful in the process of the campaigns for the election, stressed that election should not be seen as a war but a democratic process of leadership selection.

He noted that the Governor as the Leader of the party in the state has spoken and has given direction for people to follow.

He stressed that Pst. Umo Eno will continue in the developmental efforts of the present administration.

Politics / A Must Read : PRESS RELEASE by Ibomheadlines: 10:30pm On Feb 03
Press Release

Akwa Ibom Unity Front

Planed Itu/Ibiono Ibom Stakeholders Meeting:

An Open Letter to the Paramount Rulers of Ibiono Ibom LGA, HRM, Okuku Dr. Ime Udousoro Inyang and the Paramount Ruler of Itu LGA, HRM Edidem Dr. Edet Akpan Inyang

Your Royal Majesties,

It has come to our notice that you have summoned a meeting of Itu/Ibiono Ibom Stakeholders to be held on Friday, February 4, 2022, at the Palace of the Paramount Ruler of Ibiono Ibom LGA by 2 PM. The meeting according to what we gathered is to incite your subjects to revolt against the adoption of any Governorship aspirants other than those from the Itu/Ibiono Ibom Federal Constituency.

While it is within your prerogative to hold meetings with your subjects to rub minds on sociocultural issues as it affects your domain; it is pertinent to note that venturing into the issue of who should be the PDP Governorship candidate and insisting that the candidate MUST come from your Federal Constituency, is beyond the purview of your mandate, as you are not at liberty to get involved in partisan politics to such extent as a traditional ruler.

Perhaps, if Your Royal Majesties are familiar with the history of Governorship elections in Akwa Ibom State, you would realize that from 1999 till date, election to the office of Governor has ALWAYS been rotated/zoned based on Senatorial Districts, and NOT based on Federal Constituency.

This was the case in 1999 when the position was zoned to Uyo Senatorial District which saw the emergence of Obong Victor Attah from 1999-2007; Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District which saw the emergence of Chief Godswill Akpabio from 2007-2015; and now Eket Senatorial District with His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel on the saddle from 2015 to end on May 29, 2023.

It is crucial to point out that at no time in the history of our State has the Governorship seat been ever zoned based on Federal Constituency. Moreso, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, reserves the exclusive right to abide by its zoning principles which have been her trademark since 1999 by rotating the Governorship seat among the three (3) Senatorial Districts.

Therefore, as far as the 2023 Governorship election is concerned, it has been unanimously zoned to Uyo Senatorial District as the statutory norm of the PDP and any credible Akwa Ibom son or daughter from all the Nine (9) Local Government Areas of Uyo Senatorial District namely: Uyo, Ibesikpo, Nsit Atai, Uruan, Ibiono Ibom, Itu, Etinan, Nsit Ibom, Nsit Ubium are eligible to contest for the office of Governor, taking into consideration that the 2023 Governorship election is not and can never be the sole right of Itu/Ibiono Ibom Federal Constituency as it is being advocated by Your Royal Majesties.

Attempting to stampede the PDP to micro-zone the Governorship seat, again, to Itu/Ibiono Federal Constituency after it has been zoned to Uyo Senatorial District is to shut out and disenfranchise other aspirants from other local government areas within Uyo Senatorial District, which have never been the culture or tradition of the PDP in the state.

The PDP will always provide a level playing field for all aspirants - this the party has done and you must also note that the Governor, His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel reserves the right to adopt, endorse and support WHOSOEVER he so desires and believes will continue to sustain his legacies as a worthy successor for the overall good of the State.

We, therefore, urge you to desist from any act capable of derailing the prevailing peace, unity, and development of Akwa Ibom State and to use your revered offices to do that which unites, rather than divide us as a people and to exercise great caution with the meeting if convened in the interest of peace, stability and progress.


Signed:

Dr Nsikak Ukpong: National Chairman

Mr Bassey Ekpo: National Secretary

Politics / A'ibom State Governor Fetes Party Officials by Ibomheadlines: 8:03am On Feb 03
GOV EMMANUEL FETES AKWA IBOM PDP OFFICIALS, SUES FOR PEACEFUL POLITICAL ENGAGEMENTS BY MEMBERS

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Governor Udom Emmanuel has cautioned the people of Akwa Ibom State to be wary of politicians intending to engage them in activities averse to peace in pursuit of power, stressing that no political venture is worth compromising the safety of any person or their families.

Governor Emmanuel handed down the admonition Wednesday, while speaking at the New Year get-together of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, held at the party secretariat, Atan Offot, Uyo.

Appreciating the people for sustaining their trust and support for the PDP, he said: "today if you talk about the PDP in Nigeria, Akwa Ibom State will be rated as one of the strongest.

"I thank you for your faithfulness and standing strong for our party and for contributing to the national strength of our party. Thank you for believing in this umbrella. We will make sure this umbrella remains intact and covers everybody".

The governor and leader of the PDP in the state reassured that his administration will continue to work hard to ensure all ongoing and impending projects to deliver on the people's mandate and fulfill the party approved manifesto for his government.

"My manifesto to contest election was under the logo of the PDP. We have a little more than a year to go, but I want to assure the party that all ongoing projects will be completed.

"We'll work day and night to make sure we deliver on the manifesto we presented to this party.

"I will never do anything with selfish intention. Everything I do is in the interest of Akwa Ibom people".

He therefore counseled that persons given position of responsibility should handle their offices faithfully and avoid activities that may jeopardize their safety, while assuring continuous improvement in the welfare of party officers across all levels.

"I am advising you as my brothers and my sisters, nothing on planet earth is worth your life.

"Don't accept things that will affect your life or that of your family members for a peanut. Anybody who wants to serve you sincerely the way God wants it, will never put such a price on your head", the Governor said.

Governor Emmanuel also called on all party faithful to unite with the leadership of PDP in the state to contribute the required quota of support to the party at the national level to regain power at the center to restore the depleted economy which, he stated, is the yearning of all Nigerians at the moment.

The State Chairman of the PDP, Elder Aniekan Akpan, commended the governor for sustaining the New Year get together all through the past six years of his government.

By this, he said, the party has felt the impact of the government while the governor feels the pulse of the party, thereby stabilizing the party in the state.

The party Chairman lauded the gesture of the Udom Emmanuel led government for bringing succour to the people of Atan Offot community by providing a transformer to power the party secretariat and the entire community, describing him as the pride of the PDP.


Media Unit
Govt House, Uyo
02/02/22

Politics / A Must Read: Umo Eno Gets Royal Blessing by Ibomheadlines: 10:47pm On Feb 02
I WILL CONTINUE TO PROSTRATE IN RESPECT TO CONSTITUTED AUTHORITIES--UMO ENO

...gets royal blessings from Oku Ibom Ibibio


A 2023 Governorship hopeful in Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno has said that his background and training would continue to propel him to show respect to constituted authorities and no amount of media attacks can stop him.

Making the declaration, Wednesday when he consulted the Paramount Ruler of Nsit-Ubium, and Oku Ibom Ibibio, His Eminence Ettenyin Solomon Etuk at his palace in Ikot Ukobo, Pastor Eno said

"I saw them write on social media; see a Pastor because of Politics kneeling down for a Governor". ' If they know that the church is subordinate to the state and we are to subject ourselves to constituted authority, they would understand".

"I grew up in a home where respect was taught in the family. We were equally taught respect in school and of course the church. My parents thought me that when you are in a bus and you see an old person standing, you have to get up from your seat and offer the older person a sit. I believe that our people must begin to learn that culture of respect".

"In the Yoruba tradition where I grew up, I understand that no one greets a king standing. So, I came to submit before you so that they can have so many things to write".

"I know you as my father. Papa, I came here to inform you that majority of stakeholders of the PDP in Akwa Ibom State have endorsed me to run for the Governorship of this state. My hands are already on the plough and I won't look back".

Umo Eno who is the Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources was on Sunday endorsed by Governor Udom Emmanuel and stakeholders in the state, said he was in the palace of the monarch whom he describes as his father to seek his royal blessing, as he throws his hat in the ring for the 2023 gubernatorial election.

Welcoming the Governorship aspirant and his entourgae to his palace, Ettenyin Solomon Etuk who is the President General, Akwa Ibom State Traditional Rulers Council, TRC commended Umo Eno and his team for the visit, and also offered his royal blessing and fatherly advice to the aspirant.

He said as a royal father, his doors are open to all, and charged political actors to play the game by the rules.

"Umo Eno is a child of respect. I'm a traditional priest. What God has destined for any man cannot be erased. I don't hate any one.

Stakeholders have endorsed you as you said and you came here for royal blessing. The ultimate thing as a king, I look at how we can live in peace, live in harmony with one another. My doors are open to all".

"2023 election will come and go, but we will still remain a united people and state. My advice is that election is a periodic constitutional process. I call on the political class not to heat up the polity, but to consolidate on the gains we've so far achieved".

"I want the best for my State. I want us to live in peace and harmony. Let God be with you, let him take over the job. May you be in good health. Protect the integrity of this state and what we are known for which is peace. Love, peace and unity are my desire as wishes as you embark on this political journey to lead the state. My God will lead you, protect you and family. Hold fast unto your God and he will see you through".

Speaking earlier, the DG of his campaign team, Chief Assam Assam descried Umo Eno as the preferred choice who has what it takes to consolidate on the development agenda of the Udom Emmanuel led adminstration, saying he was in the palace to seek his fatherly advice and blessing.

"We came to have a heart to heart (Father and son) talk. Your eminence we are very proud of you. Your representation of the traditional institution in the state is replete with candour.

National Chairman of MPM, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem said the leadership of the state under Governor Udom Emmanuel has done exceedingly well, hence the economic prosperity of the state must be sustained, and presented Umo Eno as the man.

Politics / ❌❌A MUST READ : Why You Should Support Elder. Ndanti Ekuh For Uyo Assembly by Ibomheadlines: 8:44pm On Feb 02
WHY ELDER. NDANTI EKUH SHOULD BE THE NEXT UYO HOUSE MEMBER..

Godwin Edet
020222

Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly apart from being a respected stool and a unit in Government is an authority to be given to a purpose driven and intelligent person, Choosing a state Constituency representative is always a step to addressing critical issues in the political terrain of which a mistake can ignite retrogression but it is very important to go with someone who is politically sagacious and understands the rudiments of Legislative business.

Me thinks filing behind your choice of person is cool but you need to understand that he should not only represent and defend the people of Uyo but must speak for the interest of Uyo people at all times , I could remember vividly last year when His Excellency Mr. Udom Emmanuel the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State commissioned some network of roads at Shelter Afrique. My incumbent Member as at when due stepped out to give his speech of which valedictory and appraisals where embedded, it was another moment of priding myself of having a Member at the hallowed Chambers who you can see sincerity of purposed baked with rage to lead and crowned with effective representation in his speech.

He spoke and held every attention with his efficient juxtaposition of words, I was also opportune to interact with him about issues of representation as it borders Uyo people which he clearly spelt out many bills and motions that is inked to his batch, of course I was hyper impressed and on that premise you would agree with me that we need some other with qualities that outshines the usual.

Elder. Ndanti Ekuh a core grassrooter, an indigene of Ikono Uyo who before now has served and is still serving as an Aide to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State on Research and Documentation has been noted for critical academic work during 2019 reelection of Gov. Udom Emmanuel, he is also the editor in chief of The Detail Newspaper of which he had dedicated so much time serving under The Pulse Newspaper, a local tabloid that has had wider reach through factual and impeccable reportage.

He has been a part of many administrative and strategic management across the state and has been involved in so many educational works aimed at mind shaping and manpower development, he has employed over 15 people and still counting thereby closing the gap of addressing unemployment within the youths of the state through his contributive quota to addressing unemployment with his little capacity.

Elder. Ndanti has a religious flexible background from the parent and also has various Higher institutional degrees from Human Anatomy, English and journalism opined at bervilling edges of leadership and also crowning those with various leadership classes to his feather which all are duly certified. Aside religious affinity, his humble disposition and peaceful representation should as well be included in his CV.

When rooting for who to Support, Elder. Ndanti Ekuh who is the youngest and most vibrant person is better for the job and deserves your support, Remember State House of Assembly shouldnt be used for political compensation so we shouldn't jeopardised the integrity of over 427,873 indigenes and duellers of the city according to 2006 Nigerian Censors to selfish reasons.


Think Right
Think Ndanti Ekuh

Politics / Pst. Umo Eno Consults A'ibom State Deputy Governor.. by Ibomheadlines: 5:11pm On Feb 02
PASTOR UMO ENO CONSULTS DEPUTY GOVERNOR, PROMISES TO BE A SERVANT LEADER

The Governorship intention of Pastor Umo Eno in Akwva Ibom State come 2023 has further received a boost with the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, throwing his full weight behind the aspiration.

The occasion was a formal presentation of the Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Pastor Umo Eno to the Deputy Governor,Mr Moses Ekpo at his lodge, Government House, Uyo by the Director General of the Campaign Organisation alongside the national leadership of the Maintain Peace Movement.

Presenting the gubernatorial hopeful to the Deputy Governor, a former state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, and one time Nigeria's Ambassador to Russia, Chief Assam Assam, SAN, said Umo Eno had the pedigree needed to sustain the development legacies of the Udom Emmanuel led adminstration.

He described him as an accomplished gentleman who successfully managed several private outfits before being engaged in public service and assured that Akwa Ibom State stands to benefit from his wealth of experience if supported.

Also speaking, Barr Emmanuel Enoidem the Chairman of the Maintain Peace Movement, MPM, recounted that during their consultation visits across the entire state, they had told the people that once the Governor receives the direction from God, they would abide by such decision, and further described the choice of Pastor Umo Eno as the best for the State.

"Your Excellency, since Pastor Umo Eno was unveiled on Sunday, there has been relative peace in the state, except for few persons who had wished that they would be rather selected.

"If Pastor Eno had any baggage(ill quality), by now those who don't like him would have flooded the media with such facts, but as it is, no one can question his credibility and that is why we are proud to present him", Enoidem said.

Pastor Eno said he had rough patches in his early days and from a background of hardship but God saw him through those harrowing experiences to shape him for the future, and promised that he would not let the state down.

"Please provide for me the shoulder I can lean on, and I promise the entire state that I will be a servant leader", Pastor Eno appealed.

Receiving the visitors, the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo threw his weight behind the governorship ambition of Pastor Umo Eno, describing him as the right man for the Hilltop plum job.

Mr. Ekpo described events that culminated in Umo Eno's unveiling on Sunday evening as clear indications that there is a finger of God in the whole episode.


The deputy Governor advised those who may have preferred to be chosen ahead of Mr Umo Eno to bury their grievances and join the peace movement for the betterment of the State.

"I was very sympathetic with my Governor when I saw the array of people that indicated interest in the Governorship job.

"I told my Governor that he would have a herculean task at hand. Two of us share one thing in very common; the fact that it's only God that rules in the affairs of men.

"My message to you today is that it is only God who could have done this.Why don't we thank God that there is God's inspiration in the nomination of who would be the successor?

"Pastor Eno happens to be my colleague in the executive council. I am one of his confidante and there was never a time he whispered to me that he would want to be a Governor.

"He is efficient, very efficient, he is a team leader in the Completion Agenda."

"His background; he's business oriented and he knows how to relate with business men, and I see his unveiling as the finger of God".

"I bless you, I ask God to protect you. The God you serve will guide you and would direct you.Go in peace and continue to serve the Lord", Mr Ekpo prayed.


© MPM MEDIA NETWORK

Politics / Learn From My Story And Work For The Interest Of The State- A'ibom Dg Says by Ibomheadlines: 12:46pm On Feb 02
OTHER ASPIRANTS SHOULD LEARN FROM MY STORY - AKWA IBOM DEPUTY GOVERNOR

The Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Moses Ekpo has appealed to all governorship aspirants seeking nomination on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Akwa Ibom State to close ranks and work together for the good of the state.

The Deputy Governor made the remarks when the Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Pastor Umo Eno went on a consultation visit to him at Government House, Uyo.

Mr Moses Ekpo noted that God has always had a hand in choosing leaders in every society, citing his own case when throughout his career, God has always surprised him with appointments even with his having to be desperate.

He narrated his experience when he was first appointed as Commissioner For Information, Cross River State and his reluctance to accept that role over his responsibilities at the Federal Ministry of Information and how it took persuasion for him to come and take up the responsibility in the state.

“The state executive council could not be inaugurated for two weeks because I delayed accepting the appointment”.

He further recalled the events that led to his emergence as Deputy Governorship Candidate of the party, how he received a phone call from far away Washington DC to come and accept to run with His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel, even when he had not lobbied for the position.

He attributed his entire political experience as a confirmation that God still controls the affairs of men especially in the leadership selection process.

The deputy Governor appealed to all aspirants seeking nomination on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to close ranks and work with Pastor Umo Eno who has received the blessings of the Governor to run for the Governorship.

He stressed that Pastor Umo Eno is a man he has known in the executive council and a very intelligent team player who has always delivered on his assignments.

“His background in business accounts for his work ethics and his ability to get things done quickly. I pray that God will bless you, protect you and give you the energy to keep running till you succeed”.

Mr Ekpo offered to be part of the campaign and assured of his physical presence to ensure that God’s vision for the state is realized.

The Governorship hopeful who spoke earlier had appealed for the blessings of the Deputy Governor, offering to be a servant leader who is ready to sustain on the gains being recorded in the state.

Describing the experience in emotional tones, Pastor Eno said he had a very humbling background of hardship but God used those harrowing experiences to shape him for the future, and promised that he would not let the state down.

Pastor Umo Eno was led on the visit by the Director General of campaign, Chief Assam Assam,SAN, National Chairman, Maintain Peace Movement, Barr Emmanuel Enoidem, Senator Akon Eyakenyi among others executive council members of the Maintain Peace Movement.


© MPM Media Network

Politics / A Must Read: Sen. Bob Displayed Statemanship by Ibomheadlines: 7:51am On Feb 02
HOW SENATOR BOB DISPLAYED STATESMANSHIP BY DECLARING SUPPORT FOR UMO ENO AT OWN EXPENSE

Hopes for the governorship ambition of the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Lands, Pastor Umo Eno, has continue to gather momentum as a major challenger in the race for the 2023 gubernatorial election in Akwa Ibom State, Senator Effiong Bob continues to explain why he voluntarily dropped his ambition.

The Fifth and Sixth National Assembly Senator and political leader of Nsit Ubium Local Government Area, Senator Bob, showed statesmanship, patriotism and sincere believe in the Akwa Ibom project, when he accompanied stakeholders across the state, to consult incumbent Governor Udom Emmanuel at the Governor's Lodge, Government House, Uyo and drum support for Pastor Eno.

"But this is God's project. I saw what transpired yesterday when Pastor Umo Eno was presented. When you see God's hand in a project, one has to be careful", he said.

He therefore declared his total commitment to the vanguard of the Umo Eno governorship project and to be visibly involved in all consultations and campaigns.

Senator Effiong Bob won the hearts of the Governor and stakeholders present, when he told everyone present that his withdrawal from the contest to support Umo Eno, was also informed by his resolve to give Governor Emmanuel his utmost support throughout his administration.
This, he affirmed, he has done since 2015 and remains committed to supporting him to the actualisation of his succession plan.

The Senator said he was at the visit in multiple capacity: as a major stakeholder in the state, as the political leader of Nsit Ubium, where Umo Eno hails from, and as a co-aspirant.

Senator Bob however charged Eno to expect contrary forces and be determined to weather storms that may come to challenge his aspiration.

The incumbent governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, in his reaction, expressed delight with the decision of Senator Bob to throw in the towel, maintaining that it was a demonstration of his commitment to the ideals he has always stood for, and described him as a respectable statesman.

In his words, "If you used to have 99% of my respect, today you have earned 101%. You've shown the kind of fatherly, sportsmanlike, Christian-like disposition that I probably must have underated, but you've displayed it in real action and I'm moved".

Furthermore, Governor Emmanuel said himself and Senator Bob belong to the very few on earth who do not care about themselves but about stewardship and the people, but extolled the Senator as surpassing expectations.

"I used to think that I have a very clear and open heart, but when you see people taking action that beats your own, you cannot but acknowledge it and I really want to appreciate you for that", Mr Emmanuel added.

Governor Emmanuel described the composition of the campaign team as formidable and expressed confidence in their capacity to deliver on the project.

He reassured that the Umo Eno project was divine and that God would go with them all the way, and tasked them to strengthen the morale of the aspirant, reaffirming Umo Eno as an embodiment of godliness and good character and one who has shown great capacity to lead the state.

Director General of the Umo Eno governorship campaign, Ambassador Assam Assam, SAN, thanked Governor Emmanuel for providing the good leadership for the state and instituting peace within the period of his administration and assured that Umo Eno will sustain the legacies

The DG prayed for his blessings and support of the incumbent governor for the Umo Eno project, while promising to leave no stone unturned in ensuring delivery.

The National Coordinator of Maintain Peace Movement, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem, described Umo Eno as a product without a dent and easy to market, adding that the calmness across the state since the declaration of Umo Eno as preferred successor to Governor Emmanuel was an indicative of his wide acceptability.

Also speaking with government house correspondents

Politics / Gov. Emmanuel Receives Unilag Management.. by Ibomheadlines: 8:38pm On Feb 01
2022 NUGA GAMES: GOV EMMANUEL RECEIVES UNILAG MGT, COMMITS TO SPORTS DEVELOPMENT

Governor Udom Emmanuel has reiterated his commitment towards development of young talents in sports to fly the colours of Nigeria in major competitions in the World.

Governor Emmanuel stated this on Tuesday while receiving a delegation from University of Lagos led by its Vice- Chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, at Government House, Uyo


The Governor who is also an alumnus of University of Lagos, commended the University for hosting the NUGA games and for extending the invitation for him to attend the 26th edition of the Nigerian University Games (NUGA) which holds in Lagos from March 16 to 27, 2022.


The Chief Executive recalled that NUGA games over the years has been a platform where young talents were spotted in various sports, commending Universities for upholding to the initiative, and pledged to further encourage sports development and talent-hunt in the state.

"You have invited us for the opening ceremony on 16th of March this year, we will try. You know from our own sports council, we have produced a whole lot of stars for Nigeria, the present holder of 200m Commonwealth games comes from Akwa Ibom and also our Ekong who plays for the Super Eagles.

In terms of sports development in this country, I think we have contributed seriously. We have a vision based on the facilities we are putting on ground and the investment we are making, we will get to a time where you have more than 50% of talents in sports from Akwa Ibom State".


Speaking earlier, the Vice- Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said the purpose of the visit was to invite Governor Emmanuel, an alumnus of the University to the NUGA GAMES 2022 and also present the torch of unity to him ahead of the games

Prof. Ogundipe, commended the Governor for transforming the state and described him as a worthy ambassador of the Institution.

The highpoint of the event was the presentation of the torch of unity for the 2022 NUGA to the Governor by the delegation.

About 10,000 athletes from 80 universities in the country will take part in the 26th edition of the National University Games.

Politics / A Must Read: Pst Umo Eno Gets Formal Backing From Governor Udom Emmanuel.. by Ibomheadlines: 7:47am On Feb 01
2023: PASTOR UMO ENO GETS FORMAL BACKING FROM GOV EMMANUEL
...AS SEN BOB STEPS DOWN, PLEDGES SUPPORT TO KINSMAN'S ASPIRATION

Governor Udom Emmanuel has expressed profound confidence in the character, disposition and capacity of Pastor Umo Eno to lead Akwa Ibom State, and has reaffirmed support for his candidacy in the 2023 gubernatorial elections in the State.

Similarly, a Governorship aspirant and political heavyweight from Nsit Ubium, Senator Effiong Bob, has announced that he has withdrawn from the race, and would henceforth work to actualise the aspiration of his kinsman, Pastor Umo Eno, who he believes has the backing of God.

Governor Emmanuel, accompanied by his wife, Dr (Mrs) Martha Udom Emmanuel, received the delegation of leaders and stakeholders representing the various sections and strata of the state, who were at the Governor's Lodge, Government House, Uyo to present the 2023 governorship hopeful and seek his blessings to commence consultations.

Governor Emmanuel described Pastor Umo Eno as an embodiment of godliness and good character and one who has shown great capacity in various levels of leadership in the state.

He noted also that Senator Bob's decision to step down for his brother was a display of maturity and statesmanship, adding that his respect for Effiong Bob has increased.

Mr Emmanuel was of the opinion that while some people where meant to be kings, there were others who where destined to be fathers of the king, adding that the Senator Bob is the father of the favoured gubernatorial hopeful.

He noted the composition of the campaign canvassers and extolled their capacity to deliver on the impending task, stating that such a band would not only ensure victory but strengthen the morale of a leader.

The governor appealed to those who may still be nursing mixed feelings about supporting the chosen successor to free their minds, assuring that God was involved in the decision as Akwa Ibom was in the heart of God.

Governor Emmanuel said accepting Pastor Eno was in the interest of the state as he was not interested in playing any godfatherism role or governing through a surrogate.

"The day I leave office, I leave. I don't want even one minute more through a successor. This government has no godfather. For me, God is the father of everyone. All I want is the welfare of the citizens of Akwa Ibom", he added, tasking the entire team to be courageous and continuously stand by the governorship hopeful and subsequently own up the government as a collective responsibility.

Expressing regrets over the ordeals of sudden behavioural changes by supposed political allies, the Governor thanked God for leading him not to follow mere sentiments, which would have amounted to grave mistakes.

"These, however, were necessary to reveal that what really defined some relationships were money, position and power, thus tempering with any of those redefined the relationships", he added.

Governor Emmanuel encouraged Umo Eno to be strong, courageous and confident in God's support and admonished him to avoid harbouring any form of anger against anyone, including those who sponsor hate media messages against him on the media, reassuring that with God's hand in the project, victory was sure.

"Trust me, I personally do not harbour any anger against anyone. If I do, I wouldn't have the space in my heart to conceive development and ideas to move the state forward."

Speaking earlier when presenting the candidate to the Governor, the Director General of the Umo Eno Governorship Campaign, Ambassador Assam Assam, SAN, thanked Governor Emmanuel for providing good leadership for the state over time and his tact in managing the situations that culminated into the emergence of the preferred candidate.

The DG made presentations of traditional gift items to the governor, as he presented Pastor Umo Eno to the incumbent governor and prayed for his blessings and support, while promising to leave no stone unturned in ensuring success

Politics / A Must Read: Why I Choose Pst. Umo Eno, GOV. Udom Emmanuel.. by Ibomheadlines: 5:57pm On Jan 31
I MEAN WELL FOR THE STATE: GOV EMMANUEL SPEAKS ON WHY HE PICKED UMO ENO AS HIS SUCCESSOR

Fresh from presenting his Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Pastor Umo Eno as his preferred Successor, Governor Udom Emmanuel, says his decision was based on the fact that he means well for the State.

The Governor disclosed this while fielding questions from a group of journalists earlier in the day and later at the commissioning of Spectrum Television, the State’s first privately owned cable television station, owned and operated by TAF Media Group, on why he settled for the Lands and Water Resources Commissioner.

“Let me say this emphatically, I mean well for this State, that is why I waited for God to show me the man who would continue with the pace of developmental strides we have started in the last six plus years and then move the needle even further.

"Pastor Umo Eno is a highly respected person; he has enormous capacity, is an epitome of humility, and is blessed with the common touch, a compelling story and is God- fearing.

"He is a successful entrepreneur who has employed our people, lifted thousands from poverty to prosperity.

"He will be coming to the office of Governor with an economic blueprint that will further guarantee employment, development, and economic prosperity for our people.

"He is a man of peace and will ensure that the peace and security of life we have enjoyed in the last six plus years will be maintained.
His life story resonates with the story of most ordinary Akwa Ibom people.

"He came from the Police barracks, where, as he said during his Thanksgiving Service last year, life was dreary and hope seemed a distant ingredient.

Through hard work, he summoned hope and overcame his early difficulties and ended up as one the biggest employers of labour in our State.

His story is a testament to our Dakkada philosophy; one that will inspire and motivate our youths.

The Governor stated that he never looked for a surrogate to do a third term but rather was looking for a man of exceptional capacity, of peace and humility and enjoined all peace-loving and progress-minded Akwa Ibomites to rally round and support God’s choice.

“I will never use God’s name in vain” the Governor stated at an interview at the Spectrum Television Studio with host, Ekaete Afia.

Politics / A Must Read : Who Is A'ibom State Next Governor? by Ibomheadlines: 9:45pm On Jan 30
THE MAN: PASTOR UMO ENO

Pastor Umo Eno is Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Lands And Water Resources with a Master Degree in Political Science from the University of Uyo and currently on his Ph.D in Public Administration.

He is an alumnus of Pan African University’s Lagos Business School with 35 years of experience in banking, marketing, management and hospitality and a Fellow, Nigerian Catering and Hotel Institute.

Pastor Eno is the founder of Royalty Hotels and Recreation Limited, Eket, a group with diversified interest in beverages, industrial catering, apartments and coffee shop; creating direct employment for people across the country.

He is a pastor at All Nations Christian Ministry International, Eket, a nondenominational Church where he oversees the Bridge of Hope, an arm of the Ministry that offers free medical services to host community.

As one who is passionate about raising young entrepreneurs, he set up "The Gathering" a nonprofit making initiative that convenes IGNITE; a global platform for knowledge-based empowerment, training and entrepreneurial skills development of youths for entrepreneurship and self sufficiency.

Pastor Eno is the chairman, BOT, Akwa Ibom Business Community among other appointments including the Chairman, Akwa Ibom Hotels and Tourism Board from 2004 to 2007.

He is a two Star Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary Club of Eket, District 9140 and has received several awards for his public spirited life, among them the National Productivity Award, Icon of Hope Award by The Apostolic Church, Nigeria; Special Recognition Award by the Nigeria Medical Association, Akwa Ibom State.

In October 1, 2019 he resigned as Chief Executive Officer of Royalty Group with six subsidiaries, having put in place a seamless succession plan, to accept an appointment with the State Government as Executive Director, Agricultural Investment, AKICORP.

Eno, a good social mixer who believes in hard work, integrity and strong character, is the author of "Wealth Creation, God’s Way, Break Forth, Exercising Your Dominion Mandate, Dream Again" "The Legacy of a Father and True Friendship."

© Harrison Essien
January 2022

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