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Umo Eno Advocates for Unity, Continuous Peace in A’Ibom

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… as 7 Guber Candidates Vow to Work with Governor-Elect

Akwa Ibom State Governor-elect, Pastor Umo Eno has advocated for greater bonding amongst the citizens and continuous peace across the state, especially as it sets to transit to a new administration.

Speaking at a meeting with 2023 gubernatorial candidates of seven different political parties and some state party chairmen, he noted with dismay that the state has been polarised along party, ethnic, religious and other lines which has hampered progress.

He noted that elections were over and the healing process must commence immediately, adding, “Akwa Ibom remains our common patrimony.”

The Governor – elect who reaffirmed that he has extended an olive branch to all his opponents said he was ready to lead the unity charge.

Pastor Eno who enjoyed overwhelming support at the last election, noted that political parties are just platforms for election of leaders, adding that only one winner can emerge through the process.

He noted that by the grace of God and support of the people, he has been elected, adding that as a man under such grace, he will always pursue peace for the good of all.

Pastor Eno who has asserted that he is gifted in the ministry of reconciliation, appreciated candidates of the seven political parties who have accepted to share their ideas with him and work towards achieving a better Akwa Ibom State.

He urged them to reach out to other candidates who were yet to accept the reality to sheath their swords and join hands with him to build a greater Akwa Ibom.

He assured them that none of them would be left behind by his administration.

According to him, “This is the way to go for us all,I see this gesture as the beginning of the healing process and I thank you for your felicitation, like I said shortly after my declaration, we will run an inclusive government. It is important that after this kind of election, we begin to work out ways to deliver service to our people. It will not be a winner takes all affair because no one will be left behind.”

Pastor Eno likened the governorship candidates’ forum as a class which must have a captain, adding that by God’s grace, he has been elected to be the captain who is prepared to serve for the overall good of other members of the class.

In his remarks, the Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council , IPAC, Hon. Ubong Emmanuel expressed delight over the meeting, which he said was the beginning of greater days for the state.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the event, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Barr. Ita Ekpo said they were moved by the peaceful disposition of Pastor Umo Eno, stressing that anyone who genuinely aspires to serve the state cannot resist such hand of fellowship.

He noted that elections were over and the continuous peace, development, and unity of the state must not be sacrificed on the altar of individual ambition.

Barr. Ita said they were prepared to share their ideas and to support the governor-elect in any way possible to further on the development trajectory of the state.

It would be recalled that the group under IPAC had earlier congratulated Pastor Umo Eno on his success at the polls describing his victory as the will of God.

The message which was addressed to the governor-elect read in part, “Dear Governor-Elect, your resounding victory at the polls, is a further affirmation of the divine will of God at ensuring that not only the best candidate was elected and given the mandate by the people, but one who best understands where we are coming from as a people, where we are presently and who knows the best route towards attaining and achieving our target destination.”

The opposition parties expressed optimism that Pastor Umo Eno’s ARISE Agenda would serve as a vehicle to promote both economic growth and social cohesion throughout his term as governor of the state.

Aside from Ita, governorship candidates of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Social Democratic Party, (SDP), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Action Alliance, (AA), Boot Party( BP), Peoples Redemption Party ( PRP), Mr. Nsikak Hogan, Mrs Emem Udoh, Mr. Eyo Ekong, Abasiekeme Ekanem, Akan Ekpenyong, Sunday Ekanem respectively, as well as the leadership of IPAC in the state, were in attendance at the lively gathering.

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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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