By Benjamin Tokede

 


The recent ruling of the appeal court with respect to the April 11 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State did not come to many people as a surprise. It may have surprised some who ignorantly believe the law court is the last hope of the proverbial common man, but not discerning Nigerians who have been following events from the time the people of Akwa Ibom chose Udom Emmanuel, a former banker, as their governor .Udom-Emmanuel

Certainly, the ruling could not have come as a surprise to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that has, since the election, explored every means at its disposal – conventional and unconventional, orthodox and unorthodox – to secure through the back door what it could not achieve through the main and infact front door. If anything, the ruling of the appellate court fell in line with the expectations of the ruling party that has boasted every step of the way that Akwa Ibom State would, at the end of the day, be grabbed to its kitty, regardless of what people of the state say or vote. It makes you wonder if the courts have not been acting a script written by the party in power. Read More →



Okon Bassey in Uyo


In 2015, at least 1,968 persons were identified as victims of flood disaster in Akwa Ibom State, with more than N97 million paid as compensation to them, the State Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, has disclosed.

He made the disclosure when the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) donated some relief materials to flood victims in the state on the eve of the new year. Read More →



Chukwudi Akasike


Following the crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party has said Nigerians will beg it (PDP) to come back to power in 2019.

The National Vice Chairman, South-South Zone, of the PDP, Dr. Cairo Ojugbou, made this remark on Monday at the party’s zonal secretariat in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Ojugbou, who criticised the APC for not been able to manage the recent crisis engulfing it, explained that the ruling party had shown that it lacked coordination and ideology.

On the Rivers and Akwa Ibom State tribunals going on in Abuja, the PDP national vice chairman expressed optimism that the PDP would win. Read More →



Our Correspondents

Following the defeat suffered by President Goodluck Jonathan and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, during the March 28 and April 11 elections, the President has asked the party and government officials who handled campaign funds to refund monies not spent, or those not judiciously expended, SUNDAY PUNCH can authoritatively report.President-Goodluck-Jonathan

Jonathan, credible sources said, has also set up a committee of five to get those with the funds to return them.

Sources within the party and government told our correspondents that President Jonathan was disturbed that despite giving campaign coordinators, ministers, special advisers, close aides and friends, support groups and traditional rulers over N2trn in cash, most of them could not deliver their polling booths and local governments. Read More →



Bernard Tolani Dada

Fear enveloped the Secretariat of Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State following the take over of an office belonging to a senior official of the Council by a lunatic.

Our correspondent gathered that the mad man gained entrance into the premises, cashing in on security lapses and broke into three offices and carted away files before he finally converted one of the offices to his own. Read More →



Gun-toting security personnel have been drafted to Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, following the kidnapping of five personnel of the oil company by unknown gunmen.ExxonMobil

The kidnapping occurred 20 hours after the presidential and parliamentary elections took place.

THISDAY gathered that the incident took place on Monday at a Floating Storage and Offloading Vessel (FSO) in Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

Sources said five indigenous personnel who were working offshore at the FSO were kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be roving militants.
A source said following the incident, the management of ExxonMobil decided to shut down operations.

According to the source, the management was scared of further invasions by the militants and related post-election violence.

“They are scared that the militants will attack them again. Since they kidnapped five oil workers at the offshore, they have been thinking that they might attack them again onshore. That is why they shut down production,” the source said.
It was equally gathered that the company’s security department had advised its management to bring all the vessels together to avert further kidnapping of personnel by the militants in the area.

“Any vessel that is actively working, Mobil should now have three anchorages so that those vessels will be under security watch.

“Each of the anchorages will not stand close to each other so that they can be under security watch in order to forestall militants coming close to the vessels,” the source added.



By Premium Times

A shocking video recorded for PREMIUM TIMES in Polling Units 009, 010 and 011 at Oniong West Ward 1, Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, has exposed officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission colluding with supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party in the area to rig the presidential and national assembly election in favour of the party.

The ugly incident happened in the village square – Ikot Eko Ibon village – within the full glare of villagers.Akwa-Ibom-State

Former Secretary to the Federal Government, Ufot Ekaette, and wife, Eme Ekaette, a former senator, are from the area.

But they did not show up for voting on Saturday. Some of those who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES in the area said the Ekaettes may have stayed away from voting because of their disappointment with the PDP and Governor Godswill Akpabio’s

leadership style.

INEC officials were done with voters’ accreditation as early as 1:30PM in the three units, but refused to commence voting until some PDP chieftains arrived around 4pm. Read More →