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.

READ ALSO: Tribunal Affirms Emmanuel’s Election As Akwa Ibom Governor

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.

Tribunal Affirms Emmanuel’s Election As Akwa Ibom Governor

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

 

 

The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital has affirmed the election of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

A three-man panel of the Tribunal upheld the election of Governor Emmanuel in a unanimous judgement delivered on Thursday.

The Tribunal, however, dismissed the petition filed by Mr Nsima Ekere of candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for lack of merit.

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

Governor Emmanuel, who was elected for a second term in office, won the March 9 governorship poll on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He defeated his APC rival and others to extend his stay in office by another four years.

However, it is not clear if Mr Ekere would challenge the judgement of the Tribunal at the Court of Appeal.

Meanwhile, Governor Emmanuel has commended the Tribunal’s judgement and dedicated his victory to God and the good people the state.

He also called on the opposition in Akwa Ibom to join him in developing the state.

According to the governor, the time has come for the people to come together and move the state forward as the ‘Completion Agenda’ was an Akwa Ibom Agenda.

Alleged Money Laundering: Gov Udom Fails To Stop Trial Of NBA’s Paul Usoro

 

The trial of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro (SAN) has started with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), calling its first prosecution witness.

Before this, Justice Rilwan Aikawa had struck out an application filed by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel seeking to stay the proceedings and adjourn indefinitely pending the verdict of the Appeal Court on his challenge to a decision delivered on May 30.

On that day, Justice Aikawa had dismissed the governor’s application challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear the money laundering charge filed against the NBA President.

Justice Aikawa held that Governor Udom’s application lacked merit because he was not a party to the suit.

After resisting the move to adjourn the proceedings, the court ordered the EFCC to call its first prosecution witness.

The First Prosecution Witness, Udom Idongesit, a Relationship Manager with Zenith Bank, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State told the court how she came to open an account for the defendant, Mr Paul Usoro.

She testified that in March 2016, her bank was given withdrawal instruments of N700m from the impress account of the state government.

According to her, N300m out of the money was signed for and collected by Margaret Thompson Ukpe, an employee of the state government.

The court admitted in evidence the Zenith Bank withdrawal instruction documents and the account opening documents.

A move by the prosecution to get the witness to read out certain portions of the document was resisted by the defense team who insisted that the document speaks for itself.

Meanwhile, Counsel to the NBA President, Offiong Offiong (SAN), told the court that he had not been served some documents he requested for from the prosecution to enable him to prepare adequately for the defence.

Subsequently, the court adjourned till October 21 for the continuation of the trial.

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.

READ ALSO: 12 Bandits Killed, 15 Victims Rescued In North-West – NAF

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.

READ ALSONasarawa Is Not Owing N70bn As Claimed, Says Al-Makura

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.

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.

READ ALSO: ‘Military Involvement In Nigeria’s Elections Is Dangerous To Our Democracy’ – Clement Nwankwo

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 Govt Presents N670bn 2019 Budget Proposal To State Assembly

 

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has presented a budget proposal of N670.718 billion for the 2019 fiscal year.

The budget christened Budget of Industrialization for Poverty Alleviation, was presented on Wednesday to the state House of Assembly.

It comprised N445.936 billion for Capital Expenditure, N97.096 billion for Recurrent Expenditure, and N127.686 billion for Consolidated Revenue Fund Charges.

Buhari Holds Talks With Wike, Three PDP Governors

President Muhammadu Buhari with governors Nyesom Wike, Seriake Dickson, Udom Emmanuel, and Ifeanyi Okowa at the State House in Abuja on October 30, 2018.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with four governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the South-south region of the country.

The meeting held on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The governors who met with the President are Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Bayelsa’s Seriake Dickson, Udom Emmanuel from Akwa Ibom, and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.

Governor Dickson told reporters after the meeting that issues discussed bordered on the interest of their respective states and the country at large.

President Buhari met with the governors upon his arrival from Kaduna where he paid a condolence visit following the recent violence that claimed several lives in the state.

See the photos of the meeting below;

Obasanjo Visits Akwa Ibom, Worships With Udom Emmanuel

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo and Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel

 

The former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has visited Akwa Ibom State to worship with the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, at the Qua Iboe Church.

Upon his arrival, Obasanjo was received by the state governor and other government officials.

In attendance at the church service is the wife of the governor, Martha Emmanuel, Deputy Governor, Moses Ekpo, State Assembly Speaker Onofiok Luke, amongst other dignitaries.

Akwa Ibom Governor, Emmanuel Signs 2018 Budget

Governor Udom Emmanuel

Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has signed the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N646.65 billion – 0.74% lower than the original proposal of N651.50 billion earlier presented to the state House of Assembly.

The Bill which had earlier been pass into law last week was signed by the Governor at a brief ceremony at the Executive Council Chamber of the Government House, Uyo the state capital.

According to the budget, N43.1 billion is being allotted to capital expenditure and N94.6 billion for recurrent expenditure while consolidated fund charges stand at N120.8 billion.

In his remarks, Governor Emmanuel thanked the House and the Committee On Finance And Appropriation, for the robust deliberations which he said resulted in the speedy passage of the budget.

He, therefore, gave the assurance that his administration will ensure full implementation of the budget.

“I must commend the leadership of the House of Assembly and the Committee on Finance and Appropriation for the robust engagement of stakeholders which led to the timely passage of the budget.

“Let me also thank the MDAS (Ministries, Departments and Agencies) for their contributions to the success of the entire exercise and I assure you that as a government, we will do our best to ensure full implementation of the budget”.

Akwa Ibom Governor Sacks Commissioner

Akwa Ibom Governor Sacks Commissioner
File photo: Udom Emmanuel

 

The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udoh Ekpenyong, has been relieved of his portfolio.

The state government announced this in a statement signed on Friday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh.

While no reason was given for Ekpenyong’s sack, Udoh said Governor Udom Emmanuel made a ‘minor cabinet reshuffle’.

“The government of Akwa Ibom State thanks Honourable Ekpenyong for his services to the state while serving as a member of the State Executive Council and wishes him well in his future endeavours,” the statement read.

Akwa Ibom Governor Swears In New Commissioners

Akwa Ibom Governor Swears In New Commissioners

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has inducted two commissioners into the State Executive Council.

Mr Ibanga Akpabio is the Commissioner for Ministry of Labour, Productivity and Manpower Planning, while Professor Victor Inoka is assigned the Ministry of Education to replace Pastor Paul Udofia.

At the swearing-in ceremony which took place on Wednesday at the Government House in Uyo, Governor Emmanuel who said the new commissioners came highly recommended was hopeful that they would add value to the Council.

He said: “We have added to our team, two fresh ideas and brains. I have added two more to the family, so beat that if you can in terms of pedigree, intellect, exposure, passion, tenacity in delivery, and even in capacity. I believe we will get the best out of these two.”

The governor further thanked the serving commissioners for the contributions they have made so far to the state government and urged them not to relent in their selfless services.

He also advised the new commissioners to be mindful of their conducts as they are now seen as representatives of the government.

“There are certain places you used to go, you will no longer go again; there are certain things you used to say, you may not be able to say again because when once you speak now, you are speaking the minds of government,” he said.

Governor Emmanuel asked them to take their duty to heart, discharging same without the interference of personal interest.

Addressing reporters shortly after his inauguration, Professor Inoka, described the governor as a visionary man who is assiduously working towards building a bridge to link the state to the future.

He thanked Emmanuel for the appointment and promised to key into the governor’s vision with a show of unflinching loyalty, dedication and commitment to his duties.

Akpabio hails from Essien Udim Local Government Area of the state and until his appointment, he served as the State Deputy Chairman of PDP, while Inoka from the University of Port Harcourt is a native of Oruk Anam Local Government.

Apart from Pastor Udofia who was relieved of his appointment, all other commissioners and special advisers retained their posts.

Present at the swearing in were some present and past leader in the state, including the immediate past governor and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio.