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A’Ibom 2023: Sen. Akpan’s Desperation to compromise Clergies exposed

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By Ofonime Udosen

As the race to the Hilltop mansion, the official residence of the Governor of Akwa Ibom state enters critical stage, startling revelations of the arm-twisting and desperate political maneuvers of the Senator representing Uyo Senatorial District, Obong Bassey Albert popularly called (OBA) has been exposed.

The latest revelation emanated from a prominent man of God and Founder of one of the top churches in Akwa Inom state who gave an insight into Senator Albert’s attempt to penetrate the governor’s heart by trying fruitlessly to compromise the Christian leaders in the state popularly called “fathers of faith”.

According to the Christian father who craved anonymity for safety reasons in a chat with our reporter, “OBA had long before the Governor revealed Pastor Umo Eno as his preferred candidate for PDP ticket enlisted Bishop Cletus Bassey with mouth-watering offers to break into the ranks of fathers of faith and get them to endorse and present him to the governor as their chosen candidate and God’s ultimate revelation to them.

Archbishop Cletus Bassey popularly called political Bishop swung into action and mobilized some prominent fathers of faith to Abuja on an all expense paid trip with adequate hotel and other bills footed.

However trouble started when the agenda of the Abuja trip was unveiled to the fathers of faith. They discovered that they were in the nation’s capital to be used by OBA to achieve his dream of taking over from Emmanuel in 2023.

Our Source explained that after the fathers of faith had been treated to some sumptuous meal and rested, they were told in clear terms that they were in Abuja on the invitation of Senator Bassey Albert’s 2023 ambition.

He further highlighted that OBA has instructed them to help him strike a deal which will fetch each of them N50 million.

Their assignment was to rally as a united front to Governor Udom Emmanuel and inform him that after ceaseless prayers and fasting, God had revealed him to them as the next governor that should be supported.

Our Reporter gathered that the meeting was abruptly brought to an end with the fathers of faith exchanging hot words with Bishop Bassey for bringing them to Abuja under false pretense to compromise their integrity and hard-earned reputation.

 

Our reporter gathered that Bishop Bassey sensing that the project was about to flop miserably hurriedly called the Senator to come informing him that there was trouble.

 

Senator Bassey Albert allegedly arrived the venue and made a confirmation of the promised N50million to each for them.

 

We were told that this ignominious propodal coming directly from a distinguished Senator further infuriated the fathers of faith who walked out on the Abuja meeting and returned home.

Unperturbed and still filled with false hope and confidence, OBA last December again approached Bishop Cletus Bassey and energized him to resurrect the Akwa ibom Christian Assembly popularly called (ACA) and mandated him to use it as an alternative platform to confront and possibly diminish the strength and popularity of fathers of faith in the state.

In the spirit of the then season, over 1000 bags of rice and undisclosed amount running into millions of naira was put at his disposal to commence the onslaught.

Our source who said he has keenly observed the political style of the Senate described him as someone that is acting out of desperation and presenting himself as a vicious person who is entitled to the position of governor.

According to him, “Akwa ibom needs a visionary and result-oriented leader who fears God and loves the people. We need a man who will continue the developmental strides of the governor and not one coming to pursue vendetta and have such a sense of entitlement.

“Akwa Ibom has found a man who had through sheer hard work and faith in God built a growing business empire that has employed and helped so many youths of the state to earn decent living in the person of Pastor Umo Eno.

“Eno has displayed maturity and love for the state by not joining issues with those bent on blackmailing him for no just cause and Akwa Ibom people are now better informed on the real enemies of the state”. He intoned

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Akwa Ibom First Lady Empowers Mothers of Multiple Births, Grants Stipends

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In a heartwarming initiative, mothers of multiple birth children across Akwa Ibom State’s 31 Local Government Areas are set to receive monthly stipends as part of an empowerment program led by the state’s First Lady, Pastor Patience Umo Eno.

The stipends amount to fifty thousand naira each for twins and one hundred thousand naira each for triplets, aiming to alleviate the financial burden of caring for multiple birth children.

The announcement was made during the empowerment program for mothers in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District held at the Ikot Ekpene Town Hall on Friday, January 19, 2024. Pastor Patience Umo Eno emphasized her commitment to supporting families in the state and expressed her joy in celebrating the blessings of multiple births.

Addressing the mothers, the First Lady urged them to cherish and care for their children, considering them as blessings from God. She pledged continuous support to families and highlighted the positive impact that multiple birth children can bring to their lives.

The Chairman of the Transition Committee, Ikot Ekpene Local Government Council, Mr. John Etim, commended the First Lady for the consistent implementation of the program, describing the Umo Eno administration as impactful and people-driven. He assured continued support from the people of Ikot Ekpene to achieve the ARISE Agenda.

Goodwill messages were received from various dignitaries, including Mrs. Utibe Etim, the wife of the Transition Chairman of Ikot Ekpene Local Government Council, and Hon. Inibehe Silas, the President of the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District Women Forum. They lauded Pastor Patience Umo Eno for her support to mothers of multiple birth children, acknowledging the relief provided in the face of economic challenges.

The event concluded with the distribution of baby packs and cash to the beneficiaries by the Governor’s Wife and other female stakeholders. Excited beneficiaries expressed gratitude for their inclusion in the empowerment program, considering it a significant relief. They offered prayers for God’s blessings on Pastor Patience Umo Eno for her labor of love and generosity.

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Court Orders Policewoman to Pay Tricyclist N5m for Unlawful Arrest, Impoundment

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An Akwa Ibom State High Court has issued a judgment ordering a policewoman, Inspector Iniobong Umoren, to pay a tricyclist, Jeremiah Sunday Udo, the sum of N5 million for his unlawful arrest and the impoundment of his tricycle.

The tricyclist had purchased the vehicle on hire purchase for N1.9 million.

Justice Ntong Ntong, presiding over the case, also directed Mr. Udoka David, a friend of the tricyclist, to pay an additional N5 million for instigating the police to arrest and detain him for five days without food and water.

The court, however, excluded the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Mr. Olatoye Durosinmi, from the judgment but advised him to caution his officers and men to operate within the confines of the law.

Jeremiah Sunday Udo, a resident of Ifa Ikot Idang in Uyo, had entered into a hire purchase agreement with Mr. Udoka David, with a commitment to pay N20,000 every week.

Following economic challenges, he fell behind in his payments, resulting in his arrest and the confiscation of the tricycle.

Justice Ntong criticized Inspector Iniobong Umoren for impounding the tricycle without a court order, describing her actions as “satanic, nefarious, and unwholesome antics against the applicant.”

The court emphasized the need to protect individuals from such abuse of power and ordered the immediate release of the tricycle pending further court orders under the hire purchase agreement.

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Governor Umo Eno Launches Oron Street Construction, Promising Progress and Continuity

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, has officially commenced the construction of the 2.1km Ukpong Street and 2.1km Effiong Essang Street, accompanied by an 800m discharge drain, in the Oron Local Government Area of the State.

The Governor has reaffirmed his commitment to upholding the continuity of impactful projects initiated by the previous administration.

Addressing the enthusiastic crowd of Oron residents gathered to witness the flag-off event, Governor Eno expressed his dedication to fulfilling campaign promises and ensuring the completion of these significant projects. The commencement of the Ukpong and Effiong Essang Streets was met with excitement, marking a step forward in delivering tangible benefits to the community.

Governor Eno emphasized his intent to prioritize project inaugurations over mere flag-offs, underlining his focus on actualizing developmental initiatives for the people. He assured the crowd that he would delegate members of the State Executive Council to initiate other projects across the state, promising completion by February of the following year.

“In our campaign, we committed to continuing projects initiated by the previous Government. Today, I am pleased to see that promise fulfilled. We are funding and mobilizing the contractor for this approved road. We could have chosen otherwise, but that’s not the commitment we made,” Governor Eno asserted.

The Governor reassured the community that the project would be well-funded, with completion anticipated for January. He confidently promised that the project would be ready for commissioning in February, with keen observation from the community.

Acknowledging the request from the Youth President, Comrade Bright Afahaakan, for assistance to the Police Authorities with operational vehicles, Governor Eno assured that he would explore the request. He urged the youth to collaborate with the police and security agencies, emphasizing that security is a collective responsibility.

“I heard the Youth President discussing vehicles and assistance to the police. It’s not only the government that can provide vehicles. Let’s encourage individual and voluntary contributions. I appreciate the police in our community, and we’ll respond to the youth leader’s call,” Governor Eno conveyed.

Deputy Governor, Dr Akon Eyakenyi, commended Governor Eno for his commitment to the Oro people’s welfare and commended his inclusive approach to governance. She pledged intervention in twelve roads within the Oron nation and the Nsit Atai-Oron road.

Reviewing the projects, Commissioner for Works and Fire Service, Professor Eno Ibanga, highlighted the significance of the two roads, which connect a Federal Government Housing Estate, Maritime Academy, and residential areas. The completion of these roads will include essential drains and an 800-meter outfall drain to mitigate erosion.

Member of the National Assembly representing Oron Federal Constituency, Hon. Martins Esin, expressed deep gratitude for the road projects. He hailed Governor Umo Eno’s unprecedented inclusivity of Oron people in his administration, acknowledging the positive impact on the lives of constituents.

In summary, the commencement of the Ukpong and Effiong Essang Streets’ construction signals a dedicated effort towards fulfilling campaign promises and continuing developmental initiatives for the people of Akwa Ibom State. Governor Eno’s commitment to transparency and inclusivity has resonated positively with the community, fostering anticipation for tangible and lasting improvements in the region.

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