Politics

Akwa Ibom North West Tussle: Ekpenyong’s Witnesses, Dr Nwabu, Other Caught in Web of Lies

One Dr. Gabriel Nwabu, Director General of the Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizen Awareness, who testified for Chris Ekpenyong in the ongoing National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo, Akwa State, was Tuesday caught in the web of his lies.

He had told the tribunal that there was no accreditation or election in the five polling units he visited during the presidential and national assembly elections on February 23, 2019.

He said intimidation, threat and outright assault were meted out to him and his team by party thugs at collation centre for Essien Udim Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom North West. And had written a report to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to that effect.

He claimed that no election took place in the polling units in the local government he visited but cluster of people who were discussing in groups.

He was led in evidence by Uche Njoku, the first respondent’s (Ekpenyong) counsel.

Senator Godswill Akpabio, the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, is challenging the declaration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ekpenyong as winner of the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District election.

However, when cross examined by S. Ameh, counsel to Akpabio, Nwabu changed gear when asked to point out where he mentioned in his report of the units he visited.

He said he made a general statement of about 11 units as against earlier 4 to 5 he mentioned.

When asked to mention some of the units, he said he can’t remember.

Questioned on why he would write a report dated March 15 but received by INEC on April 16, he has no explanation to that.

Again, in his letter of accreditation as election observer, which was admitted in evidence, he was supposed to turn in report before April 5, but was submitted on April 16. He said he was not to blame, rather the postponement of the election.

When shown newspaper advertisement by Akwa Ibom state government which thanked the people of the state for a free and fair election, and INEC report which also declared the election in the state as one of the best ever conducted, he said he was not the maker of the documents.

When asked if he would be surprised to watch himself in a video recording performing his work as an observer on election day in those polling units he said there was no election. He replied , ‘No, he won’t be surpised’ but has to be subjected to forensic analysis.

When asked if the card reader was a means of accreditation, he said it was a means to only authenticate ownership of the permanent voter card (PVC) and not accreditation.

The last witnesses for the first respondent, Bassey Ufot, said he is with Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) but served as Supervising Presiding Office for Ikpe Anang Ward collation centre.

He claimed that election materials, both sensitive and non sensitive, were carted away and he was kidnapped by hoodlums.

When told to identify the report he wrote by the respondent’s counsel, he retorted “I wrote two reports but I’m seeing three here”

In a damage control, INEC counsel, Ifeoluwa Ojediran asked why the two reports. He said when he was freed from the grips of the hoodlums, he was taken to INEC office where he wrote the first but later in the night he was made to write another when they could not lay hand on the first but unable to explain why the two were in court as exhibits.

When shown election materials used for voting that day and asked if they were original, he said he would not know.

The first respondent formally closed his case after 14 witnesses.

The tribunal adjourned till Saturday, July 20, for the second respondent, the PDP to open its case.

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Entertainment

Asa Wa Day: Pasuma Hits Manchester For 3rd Edition

After two fantastic seasons of unparalleled success at hosting one of United Kingdom’s socio-cultural reference points, all is now set for the third edition of the much touted event reputed for its brand affinity and value.

Tagged Asa Wa Day 2019, the event is a creation of Buklad Concepts, one of UK’s leading socio-cultural advocacy outfit renowned for its leading and impressive giant strides in cultural promotion of the Yoruba race.

Billed to hold on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the prestigious Banquet Hall, Cheethamhill, Manchester, United Kingdom; all efforts towards making the day another success story are in top gear especially in terms of protocols, logistics and activations.

According to Oluwabukola Shittu popularly known and referred to as Buklad, “Asa Wa Day 2019 is a reflection of our continuous passion and commitment to the promotion and upliftment of the Yoruba race. Our various successes and challenges constitutes our propeller to remain focussed and committed to this. In reality of the support and encouragement from our diverse publics, we have decided to take advantage of the evolving opportunities”.

Continuing, Buklad disclosed that “Our mission of multi-cultural arts promotion, ethnic diversity, and positive image remain strong, and we are proud to continue to make new changes. The entire production has been revamped to make every participant feel like a front row seat. Modelling opportunities, Awards, Community volunteer positions, Business networking and other initiatives shall feature in this year’s edition”.

“Contrary to various erroneous impression of Nigerians, Asa Wa Day 2019 is billed to exemplify and celebrate the rich cultural values and heritage embedded in our country. Therefore, In this third edition, we are introducing new elements to making this year’s edition one that goes down in history as our best”, she said.

Besides the various innovations being introduced by the planning committee, Buklad further revealed that Asa Wa Day 2019 will be headlined by one of Nigeria’s leading entertainer. “Yes, we have the support of Manchester based artistes who have all expressed and indicated their love and participation. The icing on the cake will be the grand performance by my brother; and a staunch supporter of Asa Wa Day since its inception, Alhaji Wasiu Alabi Pasuma”.

Buklad further disclosed that deserving awards will also be given out to outstanding personalities and organisations for their individual and collective contributions to the Nigerian community in the United Kingdom; while the event won’t be complete without the crowing of Miss Asa Wa 2019.

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News

Documents Vindicate Akpabio on Supply of Dialysis Machines to Akwa Ibom Hospital

July 14, 2019

Press Release

Persons with sinister motives have once again flooded the internet with fake stories about Senator Godswill Akpabio.

One of the fake stories is that the Senator diverted dialysis machines and two 15 KVA power generating sets Persons with sinister motives have once again flooded the internet with fake stories about Senator Godswill Akpabio.

One of the fake stories is that the Senator diverted dialysis machines and two 15 KVA power generating sets meant for supply to the Cottage Hospital, Ukana, in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

Interestingly, these items were meant to be part of Senator Akpabio’s constituency projects! And Ukana is the Senator’s hometown, a place that has witnessed phenomenal transformation through Senator Akpabio’s contributions!

Beacon Creative Idea Nig Ltd, and not Senator Akpabio, is the supplier of the dialysis machine and the power generating sets.

Dialysis machines are not sold in the local markets in Akwa Ibom. If the supplier wanted to divert it as the peddlers of the fake news want the public to believe, why didn’t he do so outside the shores of the state?

The public is hereby urged to discountenance the fake news flying around the internet about Senator Akpabio.

Senator Akpabio is a former governor of Akwa Ibom state and many Nigerians believe his tenure brought massive infrastructural development to the South-south state.

During his reign, Mr Akpabio built a world-class hospital in Uyo, the capital, to stem medical tourism in the state.
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Opinion

Femi Otedola “A Man-God

By Keem Abdul

The secret to living is giving. That is to say, by contributing to the well-being of others, our communities and the world at large, we find more meaning in life.  Not Many high profile people have learned this lesson, according to Billionaire businessman Femi Otedola , he has reiterated his desire to help more people with his wealth rather than to be wasteful like some of his associates who he claimed spend as much as N50 million on champagne.

Mr. Otedola made this remark when former Nigeria national team captain Christian Chukwu on his arrival from the United Kingdom visited the business mogul to acknowledge his support for his medical expenses.

Let he who has watered be water, let he who has given be given to, this must be the thoughts making rounds  the mind  of Mr Chukwu when he  visited and acknowledged the Billionaire Femi Otedola saying after God, it is Femi Otedola. 

“I was moved when I heard about Mr. Chukwu’s situation because I remember that about 20 years ago, my father, the late Sir Michael Otedola also suffered a stroke from using fake aspirin,” he said.  

” This experience has over time made me appreciate that good medical attention can give a good and prolonged life and that was what motivated me to rise up and assist Mr. Christian Chukwu.”

Mr Otedola added: “Additionally, for me, this gesture is not just a one-off affair, people may not be aware but Mr. Peter Fregene, another former Super Eagles goalkeeper is currently being assisted with his medical situation and we are confident that he will also come out of the hospital strong and healthy.

“These humanitarian gestures also extend to the entertainment sector, where I am currently responsible for the medical rehabilitation of Mr. Victor Olaotan who is in Turkey at the moment. Mr. Olaotan is a very popular actor and was lead character in the soap opera series “Tinsel”.

“So for me, it is just my nature to give back to society. I am humbled by the gratitude being expressed by Mr. Chukwu but I believe that all thanks belong to God and I thank God for putting me in a position to be able to be of assistance

A reliable source hinted that Femi Otedola would be  leading A Million Meals Challenge with Feeding , helping to provide meals to those in need through his foundation.

Mr Femi Otedola , a philanthropists have earned big yet understand that his wealth comes with a measure of responsibility and that giving back is an important part of his  fame. He is using his  financial resources to spread change and contribute in areas where he’s passionate. He has learnt that the key to fulfillment is not receiving, but giving and these efforts are incredible, but Otedola  shouldnt  be the only person looking to make a positive impact, traits like this should be emulated in a society where poverty is at its jaws, ripping through its walls.

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News

Nnamdi Kanu to Tinubu: You have disappointed, disgraced the noble Yoruba ancestry

The IPOB leader alleged that the chieftain of Lagos politics’ intention is to rubbish the Igbo race because of his alleged selfish presidential ambition.

A statement personally signed by Mazi Kanu, and made available to newsmen by IPOB’ Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, titled “Tinubu stop spreading anti-Igbo falsehood” accused the APC National leader of greed, conceit and unbridled presidential political ambition.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s statement read, “Tinubu, you cannot sacrifice the blood of your brethren on the shrine of your greed, conceit and unbridled 2023 presidential political ambition.

“You have disappointed and disgraced the noble Yoruba ancestry, by allowing your self-centred avarice and ego to stifle the aspirations and destiny of your people.

“I must remind you today that your Fulani masters will never do for you what you are slavishly doing for them. You know in your heart of hearts that murderous Fulani herdsmen are culpable in the brutal murder of a Yoruba daughter and that Igbos had no hand in the Ore Highway Massacre.

“An influential Yoruba newspaper reported that nearby villagers, who are Yorubas, informed the police that the killer Fulani herdsmen have their base in a nearby forest.

“These are eye witness account from Yoruba people living in the surrounding areas where the tragic incident occurred. Or are you saying the villagers can no longer distinguish between a gun-wielding Fulani terrorist and an Igbo man?

“Your unguarded utterances only succeeded in doing more harm to the Fosaranti family, insulting the memory of their daughter and will be seen for what it is, an affront to the dignity of the Yoruba race. Do not behave like a Fulani Lackey!!!

“The fate of Afonja and loss of Illorin a Yoruba territory to the Fulani conquistadors in years gone by should have taught you and your likes a bitter historical lesson but it seems you are hell-bent on repeating the mistakes of the past.

“Do not be devoid of shame, honour and dignity which are the hallmarks of a true statesman. The Fulani that you serve so foolishly will never shed one drop of Fulani blood for people like you. They will never concede “their” Presidency to a lewd unequal.”

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, reminded the APC, leader that “to the Fulanis, he is another camouflage Muslim, a filthy infidel from the South, a contaminated version of Islam not worthy to be seen or regarded as an equal.”

“Have you ever wondered why no Yoruba Muslim including yourself, can never be allowed to lead a Jummat prayer in any mosque in the north? Because you, along with other Yoruba Muslim are not and can never be considered equal to your Fulani counterparts.

“Is it not a shame that Yorubas like yourself submit to the authority of the Sultan of Sokoto as the supreme leader of Muslims in Nigeria in perpetuity, yet no Yoruba man will ever occupy that throne. So you see, you will remain their slave forever and ever.

“Quislings in the service of Fulani Caliphate abound in Igboland too, but we continue to expose, ridicule and sanction them because we are ever conscious of the consequences of their actions on present and future generations.

“The Fulani killing machine you serve so slavishly will continue to Taqiyya you and dangle the fruit of a false presidential promise.”

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Politics

APC will die in Edo if Obaseki is forced to leave – Idahosa

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, Charles Idahosa, has said that the party will die a natural death in the state if governor Godwin Obaseki is forced out of the party with the Assembly crisis rocking the state.

While speaking with journalists in Benin on Monday on the raging crisis in the party, Idahosa said he and many other party members would leave with governor Obaseki if he is forced out of the party by the supposed godfather.

“APC will die a natural death in Edo if Godwin Obaseki is allowed to leave the party due to the unabated crisis that is plaguing it in the state. The party will die here because the question we must ask ourselves is simple. Is he working? Is he doing well? And no one has ever said he is not working,”

The former commissioner during Oshiomole’s tenure noted that the way out of the crisis is for both parties in the crisis to take the decision of the party in the state as final as was done by the National Assembly.

“The way forward is for both the Benin and Abuja base politician to take the decision of the state EXCO of the party as final. The Edo APC followed the national body’s template in chosen the principal officers of the National Assembly leader to choose the state Assembly leaders,” he said.

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