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Akwa Ibom Traders Urge Governor Emmanuel To Contest 2023 Presidential Seat



Akwa Ibom Traders Urge Governor Emmanuel To Contest 2023 Presidential Seat

Traders in Akwa Ibom have urged Governor Udom Emmanuel to accept the offer by the Brekete Family Media and other well meaning Nigerians to step forward and rescue Nigeria, even as they have pledged a N500million donation as their own contribution for the actualisation of the Presidential bid.

They have also concluded plans to down tools on Saturday, close down all shops for a mega rally in uyo to support Pastor Umo Eno’s ambition as Governor.

Speaking on behalf of the traders, Wednesday in uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, President of the Akwa Ibom State Traders Association, Mr. Idorenyin Raphael said the call was necessitated by the Governor’s track record of performance so far in less than 7 years as Governor.

He explained that Nigeria at the moment needs a leader in the mould of Mr. Emmanuel with proven track records of performance, competence, credibility and capacity to fix its cracks and restore the country.

Raphael who also doubles as the South/South & South-East Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Traders as well as the Special Assistant to the Governor on Traders Matters, disclosed that the traders had carried out a thorough appraisal of the contenders for the nation’s Number One seat, and came to the conclusion that Mr. Udom Emmanuel remains the best man for the job.

“Now, that Nigeria has challenges, now that Nigeria has a problem, we need such a performer in the person of Udom Emmanuel. We are asking him to run for the office of the President. He shoud not be silent, he has what it takes to transform Nigeria”.

He described Governor Udom Emmanuel as the most traders- friendly Governor the state has ever produced, and lauded him for the N2billion business support and free interest loan he gave to the traders. Mr. Raphael hinted that another interest free loan to the tune of N4billion is underway for Akwa Ibom traders.

Describing the Governor as a promise keeper, Idorenyin Raphael stated; “He said he was going to appoint traders into his government as aides. He promised to donate buses to the traders and also promised to provide interest free loans of N2 billion to traders. We were thinking it’s politics, but within 30 days in office, he appointed me as his Special Assistant on Traders Matters, he appointed four other traders as his aides on Projects Monitoring and Market Monitoring”.

Flanked by other Market leaders, the Governor’s aide described a leading Governorship aspirant in the build up to the 2023 Governorship election in Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Bassey Eno as ‘the best for the State’.

He said Umo Eno who is also a trader given the nature of his business, has the full backing of Akwa Ibom traders.

“Now that a trader is coming to transform Akwa Ibom State, he has our support. We traders don’t believe in micro-zoning. We have assessed those aspiring to govern us and have found Umo Eno as the best among all of them.

“Ask those contesting if they have created a kiosk in all their lives? Ask them how many people they have employed?. We did our assessment and the only man qualified is Pastor Umo Eno”.

“Look at his investments. Akwa Ibom traders are routing for Umo Eno. Don’t also forget that traders are also delegates in the forthcoming primary election of the party. I can mention so many of them who own shops and are our members”

“On Saturday we are going to close our markets just for our man, a trader of proven integrity.

“During his brief stint as Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, he signed over 200 certificates of occupancy for traders in Akwa Ibom and remains the only man that consulted traders and intimated them of his aspiration,” Mr Raphael added.

This position was also collaborated by the State chairman of National Automobile Technicians Association, NATA, Elder Umoh Paul, the Woman Leader of Mrs Magdalene Udom, the President of Akwa Ibom State Timber Dealers Association, Deacon Effiong Ekpenyong, and the State Chairman of the Cooperative Society of Nigeria, Mr Jonah Asuquo.


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




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




Godswill Akpabio

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




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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