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Akwa Ibom peace accord: Nine guber-candidates sign accords

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In advance of the upcoming general elections, nine governorship aspirants from various political parties in Akwa Ibom state yesterday signed a peace agreement in front of the state Council of Elders.

They signed the peace agreement yesterday shortly after discussing their plans for the state and their reasons for running for governor in the main auditorium of the E-library, IBB Way, Uyo, which served as the event’s location.

The African Action Congress’ (AAC) Mr. Iboro Otu, the African Democratic Congress’ (ADC) Arc. Ezekiel Nya-etok, the Action Democratic Party’s (ADP’s) Ekere Essien, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance’s (APGA’s) Obong Ita Ekpo signed the peace accord (APGA).

Others were APM candidate John James Akpanudoedehe, Mr. Akan Ekpeyong of the Boot Party, Ime Koffi of the Accord Party, Nsikak Thomas of the Zenith Labour Party, and Ime Koffi of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (APM).

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In the agreement they signed, the candidates promised to make sure that the state’s elections would be free of violence and that their supporters, including young people, would hold rallies, meetings, and campaigns in accordance with other current laws and the provisions of the Electoral Act of 2022.

As the heads of their respective parties, they also agreed to refrain from using derogatory or inflammatory language, as well as hate speech that can incite violence, throughout their meetings and campaigns.
They further promised, among other things, that they would be held accountable and would report any acts of violence or Accord violations caused by their parties, candidates, or members to the state’s security authorities.

Surprisingly, prominent contenders Senator Bassey Akpan of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) and Pastor Umo Eno of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were absentees from the interactive gathering.

However, the trio—Mr. Uko Okon of the Labour Party, Emem Udoh of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and The People’s Redemption Party (PRP)—did not provide a justification for their absence from the meeting.

The interactive meeting was organized to allow all of the candidates a chance to explain to the Akwa Ibom people why they want to be the next governor, according to Obong Victor Attah, Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Council of Elders.

Obong Attah said that the elders also want a situation where all of the candidates will join together and work as a team when one of them wins the 2023 election. He expressed pleasure with the interaction’s conclusion.

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After the ceremony, the elder statesman answered questions from reporters and lamented the absence of prominent governorship candidate Umo Eno from the state.

 

 

 

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Muhajid Alhaji Abubakr Dokubo-Asari Congratulates Governor Siminlayi Fubara on His First Year in Office

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Muhajid Alhaji Abubakr Dokubo Asari, a proud advocate for resource control and good governance in the Niger Delta, extends congratulations to His Excellency, Governor Siminlayi Fubara, on reaching his one-year milestone as Governor of Rivers State.

According to Mujahid Abubakr Dokubo-Asari, Governor Fubara’s leadership has been characterized by patience, wisdom, and a commitment to peace, key components in resolving conflicts and promoting unity in Rivers State. With Governor Fubara leading the way, there is hope for a future of growth and development, free from division and discord.

Rivers State boasts abundant natural resources that, when properly utilized, can elevate the region into an economic powerhouse, creating opportunities and prosperity for its people. By following in the footsteps of the visionary founding fathers of Rivers State, like Chief Harold Dappa-Biriye and Chief Godfrey Kio Jaja Amachree, who championed unity and inclusivity, it is possible to build a united and prosperous future for all.

As we celebrate this important milestone, Muhajid Alhaji Abubakr Dokubo-Asari calls on all residents of Rivers State to embrace peace, forgiveness, and inclusivity. By working together with Governor Fubara, regardless of political differences, a brighter and more prosperous future for Rivers State is within reach.

In closing, Muhajid Alhaji Abubakr Dokubo-Asari commends Governor Fubara’s achievements and dedication to equitable development across the state. With unity and collaboration, the wounds of the past can be healed, paving the way for a better tomorrow for all those who call Rivers State home.

Congratulations to Governor Fubara on this significant milestone – may your leadership continue to inspire greatness in all.

Muhajid Alhaji Abubakr Dokubo Asari is a respected advocate for human rights and good governance, unafraid to challenge the norm and fight for the rights of his people. As the Paramount Ruler of Edi Abali Group of War Canoe and Chieftain of the Kalabari kingdom in Rivers State, he remains committed to the betterment of the region and its people.

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Senator Godswill Akpabio Endorsed as Sole Candidate for 2027 Senatorial District Election

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Thousands of constituents from Akwa Ibom Northwest (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial district gathered at the Ikot Ekpene township stadium to endorse Senator Godswill Akpabio as the sole candidate for the 2027 senatorial district election, three years ahead of the next general election.

The motion for Akpabio’s adoption was initiated by Minister of Petroleum Resources (Gas), Ekperikpe Ekpo, and supported by House of Representatives member for Ikot Ekpene federal constituency, Patrick Umoh. Ekpo urged all intending Senate aspirants to support Akpabio’s candidacy for the benefit of the area, Akwa Ibom state, and Nigeria.

Responding to the endorsement, Akpabio expressed gratitude to his constituents and pledged to attract more development to the district. He emphasized the significance of the endorsement, stating that it sends a clear message to the Independent National Electoral Commission to only recognize his candidacy.

Akpabio also solicited continued support from his constituents, emphasizing his commitment to working with President Bola Tinubu to address Nigeria’s challenges.

Governor Umo Eno commended Senator Akpabio and the constituents for their support and promised to intensify efforts in delivering democracy dividends to the people, while showcasing Akwa Ibom State as a unified entity.

Deputy Senate President, Senator Jubril Barau, led over 80 National Assembly members to the event, expressing their confidence in Akpabio’s leadership abilities. Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, lauded Akpabio for his legislative achievements, particularly in passing the South East Development Commission Bill.

The event highlighted the unity and solidarity among Akwa Ibom constituents and their endorsement of Akpabio’s leadership for the upcoming senatorial election.

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IPG Warns Senator Akpabio Against Discrediting Senate President’s Office

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The Ibomites for Progressive Governance (IPG), a burgeoning socio-political organization, has issued a stern warning to Senator Godswill Akpabio to refrain from undermining the dignity of the esteemed office of the Senate President.

The group’s caution comes in response to remarks attributed to Senator Akpabio, wherein he purportedly claimed that his wife, Ekaette Akpabio, was denied entry to the Government House in Uyo when she attempted to deliver a letter requesting a courtesy visit to former Governor Udom Emmanuel.

During a reception held in his honor in Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, Senator Akpabio allegedly asserted that his wife was left waiting at the Government House gate for an extended period without access to the premises.

In a swift response, IPG’s National Secretary, Mr. Chris Effiong, denounced Senator Akpabio’s statement as “a baseless fabrication,” emphasizing that Mrs. Akpabio is not a messenger and urged the Senator to exercise restraint in his public statements.

The group refuted the incident described by Senator Akpabio, asserting that there is no evidence to support his claims. They challenged him to provide proof of the alleged occurrence, highlighting that the former First Lady typically travels with a team of aides, including media personnel who would have documented such an incident if it occurred.

IPG expressed deep concern over Senator Akpabio’s apparent animosity towards former Governor Udom Emmanuel, warning against the propagation of intentional falsehoods that tarnish the reputation of public figures.

In conclusion, IPG called on Senator Akpabio to desist from fabricating malicious narratives and acknowledge the importance of upholding the dignity of the Senate President’s office, a position of national significance.

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