APC Reports Akwa Ibom Senatorial Election Appeal Panel To NJC

A file photo of APC spokesman, Mr Lanre Isa-Onilu, addressing a press conference in Abuja.

 

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reported a panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar, Cross River State to the National Judicial Council (NJC).

APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, confirmed in a statement on Monday that the party has taken the decision to report the panel which recognised Senator Albert Akpan as the winner of the Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District election to the judicial body.

The party condemned the October 18 judgement which upheld the victory of the lawmaker who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing it as “strange”.

Issa-Onilu said, “The Court of Appeal’s strange ‘judgement’ was delivered in blatant disobedience of the directive of the President of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa who had disbanded the appeal panel and constituted a new panel eight clear days before it determined the appeal filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Hon Bassey Etim, the Party’s senatorial candidate in the 2019 National Assembly election in Akwa Ibom.”

“The party’s legal department will in due course submit a formal petition to the NJC over this travesty,” he added.

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The party’s spokesman said the APC would not join issues with the judgement, claiming that the panel of justices that decided the case had been disbanded by the President of the Court of Appeal before the panel began sitting.

He added that the members of the panel had been transferred out of the jurisdiction of the case.

“We wonder why a member of a disbanded panel became so interested on a matter before another panel that it had to sit and read out a ‘judgement’ purportedly on behalf of other members of a non-existent panel.

“We ask, what exactly was at stake? We state clearly that any judgment given without jurisdiction is illegal and a nullity,” Issa-Onilu stated.

According to him, the party is urging the Court of Appeal to set aside the judgement and fix a new date for the hearing of the appeal de novo.

The APC spokesman also stressed that it was important for the NJC to take decisive actions to call the panel to order.

He noted that Section 246(3) of the 1999 Constitution has empowered the Court of Appeal as the final law court on National Assembly elections in Nigeria.

Issa-Onilu, therefore, noted that while the powers of final decision on petitions arising from National Assembly election rest with the Court of Appeal, proceedings must be conducted by a properly constituted court with due regard for a fair hearing.

“We shall pursue the cause of justice on this matter, including filing a formal petition against the members of the panel before the NJC, to a logical conclusion,” he said.

Tribunal’s Judgement: Emmanuel Extends ‘Hand Of Fellowship’ To Opposition

A file photo of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

 

 

Governor Udom Emmanuel has called on the opposition in Akwa Ibom to join him in developing the state.

He made the call on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Ekerete Udoh, shortly after the Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Uyo affirmed his victory in the March 9 governorship election.

The governor said, “To my fellow brothers and sisters on the opposite end of the political divide, I am extending my hand of fellowship again to join me in building a state that would be the pride of us all –an economically viable, infrastructurally developed, morally sound and forward-looking state where the abiding cords of our unity and brotherhood will be strengthened.”

“In every political contest, a winner must emerge and the loser must accept the verdict of the people.

“The Akwa Ibom people have spoken; they spoke loudly and clearly on March 9, 2019, by overwhelmingly re-electing me to a second term,” he added.

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According to Governor Emmanuel, the time has come for the people to come together and move the state forward.

He noted that the ‘Completion Agenda’ was an Akwa Ibom Agenda, stressing that the people must all be invested in its execution.

The governor further commended the Tribunal’s judgement and dedicated his victory to God and the good people the state.

He said, “Let me use this opportunity to thank our only God who saw us through the campaigns, the elections and the victory without any loss of lives.

“This could only have happened because we believe in God and His presence and guidance has never departed and will never depart from this State.”

“To you, my dear and great Akwaibomites, thank you for the love, faith, belief and trust you have shown me, your prayers and hope in my capacity to take this state to a place and point that would stand out as a source of reference in what an inspired and people-centric governance can and should be,” Emmanuel added.

Akwa Ibom Governor Sacks Commissioner

Akwa Ibom Governor Sacks Commissioner
A file photo of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.

 

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has relieved the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Sufficiency, Dr Uduak Udo-Inyang, of his duties.

According to a statement on Thursday by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, the governor’s directive was with immediate effect.

Governor Emmanuel further directed the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Professor Nse Essien, to immediately take over the duties and functions of Dr Udo-Inyang.

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He thanked the former commissioner for his service to the state and wished him good luck in his future endeavors.

However, no reason was stated for the action of the governor.

In a separate statement, Dr Ekuwem also announced that Governor Emmanuel has approved the suspension of chairman of the state’s Local Government Service Commission, Valentine Attach.

He explained that Attach was suspended for alleged involvement in illegal recruitment into the service.

Akwa Ibom Governor Signs N672bn Budget Into Law

Akwa Ibom Governor Signs N672bn Budget Into Law
A file photo of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.

 

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has signed the 2019 Appropriation Bill of N672.984 billion into law.

Governor Emmanuel signed the budget on Wednesday during a brief ceremony held at the executive chamber of Government House in Uyo, the state capital.

The signing followed the presentation of the approved bill by members of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, led by the Deputy Speaker, Mrs Felicia Bassey, and the Chairman of the Appropriation and Finance Committee, Dr Usoro Akpanusoh.

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The Commissioner for Finance in the state, Nsikan Nkan, told reporters that the budget titled, Budget of Industrialisation for Poverty Alleviation, was intended to actualise the industralisation and job creation agenda of the present administration.

He scored Governor Emmanuel high on the implementation of the 2018 budget, adding that the 2019 budget was expected to draw strength from the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and other consolidated allocations.

Meanwhile, the government has approved the upgrade of the state College Of Education Afaha Nsit to a degree awarding institution.

Now affiliated to the University of Uyo, the college will offer degree programmes in education, agriculture, education English, early childhood and primary education, as well as education chemistry.

Others are education biology, education physics, education mathematics, technical education, integrated science, business education and social studies, all in the Faculty of Education.

Akwa Ibom Assembly Passes N672.9bn Budget For 2019

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The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has passed a budget of N672.9bn for the 2019 fiscal year.

While passing the budget, the Speaker of the House, Onofiok Luke said the budget was an economic transition proposal which will support the completion agenda of the Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration.

According to him, the budget which serves as the last for the 6th assembly, stands as the pioneer economic blueprint for the proposed Completion Agenda of the next 4 years.

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The budget which was titled “budget of industrialization and poverty alleviation has a total outlay of N672,984,760,760 made up of N447,902,796,440 for capital expenditure, N97,395,624,590 for recurrent expenditure and N127,686,339,730 for consolidated revenue fund charges.”

The House on Wednesday also passed into law the Akwa Ibom Youth Development Fund Bill.

Luke noted that to meet the salient socio-economic agenda of government, which includes infrastructural development, job creation, and revenue generation.

The total budget size was increased by a little over N2bn to meet the expectations of stakeholders who considered the parameters for the 2019 proposals during the public hearing on the budget.

The Speaker explained that inputs by the people during the public hearing inspired need-based augmentations, stressing that the overall objective was to give priority to areas of immediate importance to the people while the government pursues the larger goal of full-scale industrialisation.

The bill seeks the implementation of a sustainable youth policy framework in the state.

It proposes the establishment of the Youth Development Fund whose ultimate aim is to create jobs and evolve greater opportunities for our teeming youths in the state.

INEC Declares Udom Winner Of Governorship Election In Akwa Ibom

 

Governor Udom Emmanuel, the PDP governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom state has been declared the winner of the governorship election.

Governor Udom scored 519, 712 votes to beat his closest opponent, Nsima Ekere of APC who scored 171, 978.

More details shortly.

Updates: Governorship Election Results For Akwa Ibom

 

Results for the thirty-one local governments in Akwa Ibom have been sent in, they reveal that the governorship seat in the state has been keenly contested. 

As with many other states, there are two major contestants in the race and they are the incumbent governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel of the and Nsima Ekere, the immediate past Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) who is also the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate.

Below are the results so far.

1.Esit Eket :
APC, 3917
PDP, 13, 290

2 Ibeno:
APC 1,442
PDP,  10,008

3. Urueffong Oruko:
APC, 4,592
PDP, 6,915

4.Okobo:
APC,  6,079
PDP,  10,800

5. Nsit Ubium:
APC, 6,004
PDP, 17,863

6. ONNA LGA:
APC,  2,110
PDP,  32,103

7. Uruan LGA:
APC, 5,192
PDP, 12,895

8. Nsit Atai LGA:
APC, 3,783
PDP,  8,855

9. Ikot-Abasi LGA
APC: 7,549
PDP,  9,335

10. Obot Akara  LGA
APC, 4,704
PDP,  13,979

11. Uyo LGA:
APC, 12, 549
PDP,  35, 092

12 Abak LGA
APC, 11, 505
PDP,  17,461

13. Ini LGA
APC,  3,316
PDP,  17,335

14. Nsit Ibom
APC, 4816
PDP, 17326

15. Mbo
APC 5419
PDP 9631

16. Eket
APC 5,087
PDP, 26,372

17. Oruk Anam
APC, 8,640
PDP, 35,093

18. Itu LGA
APC 5,911
PDP 14633

19. Ukanafun
APC, 7220
PDP, 35,447

20. Etinan
APC, 8089
PDP,  22954

21. Ibesikpo Asutan
APC, 7179
PDP, 15, 679

22. Udung Uko
APC, 2, 108
PDP 4, 036

23. Mkpat Enin
APC, 4,769
PDP, 18,056

24. Ika
APC, 3212
PDP, 12752

25. Oron
APC, 3859
PDP, 8433

26. Ibiono Ibom
APC, 7820
PDP, 36988

27. Ikot Ekpene
APC, 11240
PDP, 14832

28. Etim Ekpo
APC, 2776
PDP…10149

29.Eastern Obolo
APC, 1914
PDP, 10780

30. Ikono
APC, 4498
PDP, 18910

31. Ikono

APC, 4498

PDP, 18910

Governor Udom Emmanuel, Wife Cast Votes In Akwa-Ibom

 

 

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel on Saturday joined other residents of the state to vote in the governorship election.

The governor arrived his polling unit at Awa Ward 001, Polling Unit 01 in Onna Local Government Area of the state in the company of his wife, Martha Emmanuel.

Shortly after exercising his franchise, Emmanuel told journalists that the accreditation process was hitch-free.

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He commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for improving on the card readers which enabled exercise to be smooth and fast.

He also appreciated the electorates for coming out in large numbers to carry out their civic responsibility.

Governor Emmanuel is seeking re-election in office under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

His main opponent, Nsima Ekere, is of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Akwa Ibom: Ballot Papers Not Affected By Fire – INEC

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has allayed the fears of Akwa Ibom residents ahead of Saturday’s elections after the office of the Commission in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of the state was gutted by fire.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Mike Igini, told Channels Television on Friday that although a good portion of the building was gutted by the fire, the ballot papers for the elections were intact.

 

 

He, however, noted that some other important equipment like card readers were destroyed by the fire.

Igini said, “I have been to the place and we found that part of the office was gutted by fire and some very important equipment were burnt down like the card readers.

“But the good news is that the ballot papers are all intact.

“In fact, I must commend the first responders for the good job because that would have been an issue, but I can confirm to Nigerians and Akwa Ibomites that all the ballot papers are intact.

“Where we have issues is that a number of card readers were burnt but another good news is that we have some reserve here and from the neighbouring state and even Abuja.

“Abuja has called in case we need more and of course we are doing a quick round assessment of that and if there is need for that, Abuja will also send out … otherwise, two of our neighbouring states here, Cross River and Rivers State will be able to assist us”.

The fire is said to have started at about 2:00 am on Friday but the cause is yet to be ascertained.

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Fire Engulfs INEC Office In Akwa Ibom

 

Less than 24 hours to the governorship and House of Assembly elections, the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State has been gutted by fire.

Although the cause is yet to be known, the fire is said to have started at about 2:00 am on Friday.

While a good portion of the building was destroyed, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Mike Igini told Channels Television that the materials for tomorrow’s elections were not affected.

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PDP Lost The Presidential Election The Day I Left The Party – Akpabio

 

Senator Godswill Akpabio has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the election the day he left and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

“My former party lost from the day I stepped out of it” Akpabio stated in a one-on-one interview with Channels Television‘s Seun Okinbaloye.

Akpabio said the PDP became lighter when the minority leader of the Senate moved to the ruling party.

He said when he moved, he moved with thousands, hence depleting the PDP’s numbers and by extension its chances of winning the elections.

The former governor of Akwa Ibom however, noted that the PDP would not have been able to defeat President Buhari even if he was there because Nigerians wanted continuity.

“I believe strongly that the President needed to be re-elected,” Akpabio said.

Speaking about his loss at the Senatorial polls following his defection to the APC, Akpabio said he was robbed.

He said the results from Ikot-Ekpene Senatorial District were mutilated in a bid to deprive him of his mandate.

The lawmaker, however, pleaded that his mandate is restored, and he is granted justice.

He said, “Those responsible, whether the REC in Akwa-Ibom State or those he instructed know the reality, my plea now is that they should announce my result.

“The reality is that I am asking for justice. Am saying that INEC should be bold enough to do the right thing.

“I am disappointed that a state with so much followership as far as the party is concerned, the state that loves President Buhari so much was not allowed as a result of a conspiracy to bring out the votes,” Akpabio opined.

Akwa Ibom REC Meets With Stakeholders Ahead of Governorship Elections

 

Ahead of the March 9 governorship and state House of Assembly elections, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Mr Mike Igini, has met with political stakeholders in the state to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

The meeting which was held at the state INEC headquarters in Uyo, had in attendance representatives of all political parties contesting the elections.

Those present included chairmen and executives of political parties, governorship candidates, House of Assembly candidates and other political stakeholders in the state.

Mr Igini says the gathering was necessary to draw the attention of stakeholders to some new innovations put in place by the commission to guarantee credible elections next Saturday.

He also gave the assurance that the commission will work hard to eliminate lapses noticed during the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections.