We Cannot Be A Sinking Party, PDP Tells Defector

Nelson Effiong, PDP, Akwa IbomThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State has condemned the defection of one of its members, Senator Nelson Effiong.

Mr Effiong, who presents Akwa Ibom South at the Senate, cited the PDP’s national leadership tussle as the reason for his defection.

He noted that “any politician worth his salt will not stay back in a party that is sinking like the PDP”.

The party, however, noted that the lawmaker’s actions and statements “are indicative of a drowning man, who in his speedy descent into an abyss, holds on to any straw within sight and seeks to take with him anything willing to follow”.

Season Of Political Trial

They maintained that the PDP “cannot be a sinking party”, adding that “even Nelson Effiong recognised so during the last enlarged stakeholders meeting of the party held in December 2016, where he spoke glowing about the party”.

In a statement tagged “Senator Nelson Effiong’s Ignoble Swan Song”, the state’s PDP Chairman, Obong Ekpo, directed the party’s legal department to commence the process of recovering the mandate given to Senator Effiong which they claimed was “manifestly mismanaged and corrupted by him”.

“We (the PDP) urge our party faithful, especially those from Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District, to remain calm and continue to support the party, knowing that we will do everything within the ambit of the law to reclaim the party’s mandate.

“We must continue to hold fast to our strength and convictions conscious that ‘the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy’ – Martin Luther King jnr.

“We are certain that this season of political trial will soon pass,” the PDP said.

Governor Emmanuel Asks Youths To Embrace Development

udom-emmanuelYouths in Akwa Ibom State have been asked to to key into the development efforts of the state government in order to secure a better future for the state that all would be proud of.

Governor Udom Emmanuel made the appeal in Uyo during a carnival organised by the youths to celebrate the end of year 2016 and the beginning of 2017.

Governor Emmanuel said he was on a mission as governor to lay a solid foundation for the youths and enjoined them to eschew any form of division amongst them and join hands with his government to move the state forward.

“I came here today to renew my pledge to you during the one million- man match. I’m here for the youths. We will do everything for the youths. The future of Akwa Ibom is for the youths. Once we can have a solid foundation for the youths, we have secured the future of Nigeria. I appeal to you to embrace the development that is coming into the state. If we remain backward, we will regret in the future,” he stressed.

The governor further advised them to take advantage of the ongoing recruitment exercise into any of the nation’s security establishments including the Navy, Army, Air Force and Police among others, noting that their enrolment in the security services would be beneficial to the state, as it would afford sons and daughters of the state the opportunity of producing service chiefs in the future.

“Endeavour to apply to the forces that are coming to the state, because it is through this that we will have Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Army Staff and Inspector General of Police.

“If you don’t want to leave Akwa Ibom State, I will do everything possible for you to be posted to the state.

“If you have any issue, contact the Special Assistant to the Governor on Youths Matters, Comrade Iwa Udofia, and I will do everything possible to have the issue solved,” he assured them

The State Executive Officer expressed confidence in Comrade Iwa Udofia’s leadership of the youths in the state, and directed all youth bodies in the state to work under him.

“Let us remain together as youths. Let there not be any division among us. Party youths are there to maintain the structure of the party. There is only one youth organisation in the state,” he added.

Akwa Ibom Govt. Assigns Portfolios To New Commissioners

Governor Emmanuel, Corruption, Gov. Udom,18 commissioners and two special advisers sworn in by Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel, have now been assigned portfolios.

The state House of Assembly on Wednesday confirmed the nominees, following their screening exercise.

House leader, Udo Akpan, had moved a motion for their confirmation and was seconded by Aniekan Bassey, the member in charge of Uruan constituency of the state.

It would be recalled that Governor Emmanuel dissolved the state Executive Council on October 15, 2016.

The new list was sent in on November 26, exactly 45 days after the dissolution of the former EXCO.

Here is a full list of the 20 government officials.

1. Victor Antai, Ministry of Culture and Tourism
2. Orman Esin, Ministry of Transport and Petroleum Resources.
3. Linus Nkan, Ministry of Finance
4. Akan Okon, Ministry of Housing, Urban Renewal and Special Duties
5. Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko, Attorney General, Ministry Of Justice
6. Dr Dominic Ukpong, Ministry of Health
7. Ephraim Inyangeyen, Ministry of Works
8. Glory Edet, Ministry of Women Affairs
9. Monday Ebong Uko, Ministry of Youth And Sports
10. Prof. Eno Ikpe, Ministry of Investment, Commerce and Industry
11. Udo Ekpenyong, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs
12. Dr Uduak Charles Umoinyang, Ministry Of Agriculture
13. Arc Ime Ekpo, Lands and Town Planning
14. Paul Alexander Udofia, Ministry of Education
15. Charles Udo, Ministry Of Information and Strategy
16. Idorenyin Sunday Udo, Ministry of Economic Development, Planning and Man Power Development
17. Dr Nse Udo Essien, Ministry of Science And Technology
18. Dr Iniobong Essien, Ministry of Environment
19. Rt. Hon. Barr. Ekong Sampson, Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Affairs
20. Mrs Ekemini David, Special Adviser on Rural Development and Co-orporatives