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Governor Umo Eno Extends Olive Branch to Defected PDP Members, Calls for Unity



Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno, has reached out to members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state who had defected to other political parties due to their grievances, urging them to return to the party.

The governor pledged his commitment to revitalizing the PDP in the state through a process of reintegration and progressive initiatives starting from the grassroots level to the state’s overall structure.

Speaking during a visit to the party’s state secretariat in Atan Offot, Uyo, the governor expressed his gratitude to PDP members for their support, which played a pivotal role in his victory in the 2023 governorship election.

“We are here today to express our appreciation to the PDP in Akwa Ibom State. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the PDP family in every ward and local government area of the state. Thank you for standing by us, for canvassing on our behalf. It was a collective effort, and together, we emerged victorious.”

The governor also acknowledged the efforts of his predecessor in ensuring the success of the party during the polls. He expressed gratitude to all Akwa Ibomites, regardless of party affiliation, who supported him and entrusted him with the privilege to serve.

Governor Eno announced that a statewide ward meeting of the PDP would take place on Saturday, August 26, 2023. As the party’s leader, he emphasized the need to fortify and rejuvenate the PDP at the grassroots level, calling for a fresh campaign of reintegration within the party’s ranks in every ward.

He recognized the ward as the strongest unit of the party, emphasizing the importance of intentional actions by stakeholders and leaders to consolidate its influence and maintain close engagement with party loyalists.

The governor stressed that the most meaningful way to demonstrate appreciation to the party and the people of Akwa Ibom State was by implementing policies, programs, and projects that prioritized the welfare and aspirations of the citizens, propelling the state to greater heights.

“We will do everything within our power to express our gratitude. Our policies and programs will serve as testimony to our thankfulness. We will show the people that our appreciation goes beyond words and that we are genuinely grateful for the opportunity to serve. We will continue to strive for progress and ensure that Akwa Ibom moves forward.”

The Chairman of PDP in the state, Hon. Aniekan Akpan, commended the governor for his exemplary governance style since assuming office. He assured the governor of the party’s unwavering support and commitment to his success.

“As a party, we commend you for your outstanding governance style. You have embarked on numerous projects, and I believe this trend will continue. We will stand by you and follow your leadership, which undoubtedly leads the state forward.”


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Former Akwa Ibom Governor Advocates for Maintenance Culture for National Development




During the Easter celebrations, Udom Emmanuel, the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, emphasized the critical need for Nigerians to develop a culture of maintenance and protection towards public utilities and amenities.

Speaking in his hometown of Awa, in the Onna Local Government Area, Emmanuel highlighted that the path to national development is through the collective prudence and preservation of public resources and heritage.

In a message delivered at a Thanksgiving Service held at the United Evangelical Church in Awa, the former governor pointed out that public facilities are established for the welfare of the citizenry, warranting their protection against acts of vandalism.

Emmanuel’s call to action comes amidst observations of rising vandalism and theft of public properties, including electricity transformers and their components, within the state.

Lamenting the negative impact of such actions on community welfare and development, Emmanuel urged the people of Akwa Ibom and Nigerians at large to embody the virtues of unity, eschewing ethnic biases and sentiments detrimental to progress.

He underscored the importance of community vigilance and the establishment of protective mechanisms to safeguard government installations and public utilities.

Emphasizing the spiritual significance of the Easter season, Emmanuel prayed for blessings upon the people and encouraged living in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

He commended the efforts of the current governor, Umo Eno, in prioritizing the welfare of the people and reiterated the essential role of individual and communal responsibility in fostering a conducive environment for development.

The call to cultivate a maintenance culture underscores a broader vision for sustainable development and the effective utilization of public resources, pivotal for the progress and well-being of the nation.

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Governor Umo Eno Inaugurates Board for Akwa Ibom Bulk Purchasing Agency




Governor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom State has inaugurated the Board of the State’s Bulk Purchasing Agency, charging its members to uphold transparency and accountability in line with its operational blueprint.

The newly constituted Board is chaired by Dan Akpan, with Unyime Etim serving as the General Manager/Secretary. It also includes commissioners from the Ministries of Economic Development, Agriculture, Justice, and Internal Security, as well as representatives from various sectors such as ALGON, economic advisory, market matters, the Chamber of Commerce, and Labour.

During the inauguration ceremony held at the State Executive Council Chamber, Governor Eno reiterated the importance of the Bulk Purchasing Agency in providing essential food items to the needy and vulnerable in the state, particularly amid challenging economic conditions nationwide. He commended the State House of Assembly for swiftly passing the Bulk Purchase Agency Bill, emphasizing the legislative support received for the initiative.

Governor Eno charged the Board members to collaborate closely with relevant ministries and stakeholders to ensure the effective administration of the food voucher programme. He stressed the need for accountability, urging the committee to be prepared for audits to maintain transparency in their operations.

The ARISE Food Security Programme, which is set to be launched next week, aims to address the soaring prices of staple food items by providing free food vouchers to the most vulnerable individuals identified through the social register. Governor Eno reiterated the government’s commitment to administering the programme based on the updated social register to ensure fairness and transparency.

While acknowledging the temporary nature of the food intervention programme, Governor Eno emphasized the importance of returning to agricultural practices for long-term food security. He assured the commencement of the government’s seedlings distribution programme through the Ministry of Agriculture to support farmers in the state.

Overall, the newly inaugurated Bulk Purchasing Agency is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the prompt delivery of food items to the people of Akwa Ibom State, underscoring the government’s commitment to addressing food insecurity and supporting vulnerable populations in the state.

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PDP Demands Senate President Akpabio’s Resignation Amid Allegations of Budget Padding, N108bn Akwa Ibom Fund




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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the immediate resignation of Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio, amidst allegations of budget padding and corruption.

The party demanded an independent investigation into the claim that a whopping N3.7 trillion was clandestinely inserted into the 2024 budget for purported non-existent projects.

In a statement issued by Debo Ologunagba, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, the opposition party also urged Akpabio to report to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) regarding a pending case involving the alleged looting of N108 billion from the coffers of Akwa Ibom State during his tenure as governor.

Furthermore, the PDP insisted that Akpabio should address allegations of an N86 billion contract scam that reportedly occurred during his tenure as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, particularly within the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The PDP strongly criticized the suspension of Senator Abdul Ningi by the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership in the Senate, labeling it as an attempt to stifle investigation into the budget padding issue raised by Ningi. The party denounced the suspension as a desperate move to conceal facts and suppress accountability.

Expressing concern over the refusal of the APC Senate leadership to initiate a transparent investigation, the PDP questioned the motives behind avoiding a thorough inquiry into the matter. The party also raised eyebrows at Akpabio’s involvement in presiding over the suspension proceedings, which it deemed as detrimental to the Senate’s integrity.

The PDP emphasized that the gravity of the allegations against Akpabio warrants his immediate resignation to facilitate an impartial investigation. The party reiterated its support for Senator Ningi’s quest for transparency and accountability in the polity.

In conclusion, the PDP urged Akpabio to step aside and allow for an independent probe into the budget padding allegations, while also calling on him to address the corruption allegations leveled against him.

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