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President Jonathan divides Ohanaeze over 2015.


 

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The purported 2015 presidential ambition of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has divided the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

Special Adviser to the President on Inter-party Affairs Senator Ben Ndi Obi, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Senator Edwin Onwudiwe said Jonathan had done well and deserved another term.

But Ohanaeze Ndigbo President, Chief Enwo Igariwey, said Igbo had not made any statement on the issue, adding that the body would declare its stand at the appropriate time.

Eleven states formed what they called Oriental Peoples Movement (OPM), founded by Andy Campbell Onyeaqanam.

 

The states are Anambra, Abia, Abuja, Enugu, Ebonyi, Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa-Ibom, Cross-River and Imo.

At the official launch of the Anambra State chapter yesterday, Onwudiwe, the chairman of the occasion, said the idea was to protect Ndigbo interest.

He said Jonathan should be given opportunity to translate Nigeria, adding that it was too late for Ndigbo to work against the Southsouth presidency. ”We should support Jonathan next year so that Southsouth will support us when our time comes. We will lose it if we create a vacuum now,” Onwudiwe added.

Obi said the President was being unjustly criticised by the opposition, adding that he was focused and determined to develop the country.

Said he: “Jonathan has done well in the last three years. But there are still grounds to be covered. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a huge movement. We are grounded in the ethics of democracy.

“We are waiting for Jonathan, having assured that Nigerians will enjoy more democracy dividends in 2014. Ndigbo were major contributors to his 2011 success story at the polls.

“Ohanaeze met with him last December 9, during which issues concerning Ndigbo were discussed and the people said they were satisfied with his explanations.”

Igariwey said yesterday that individuals were entitled to their opinions, adding that no decision had been made on next year’s presidential election.

Iwuanyanwu, a member of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, said Jonathan’s stay in office was “to allow the labours of our hero’s past not to be in vain”, adding that that was why every ethnic group should support his 2015 project.

He said: “Jonathan represents that unity as preached by our past heroes. The reward for hard work is more work. Therefore, I hail the initiators of this project called, ‘Think presidency, think Jonathan'”.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Anti-Amaechi protesters shut Port Harcourt down.


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Hundreds of protesters from the four-Ikwerre speaking council areas of Rivers State, on Tuesday, took over the busy Port Harcourt-Aba Road in Port Harcourt, expressing solidarity for the state Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu.
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They disrupted traffic flow on the road and caused panic in surrounding areas.

Following the protest, the Rivers State government has accused those it described as Federal Government agents as the sponsors of the protest, adding that the state had been subjected to war by the Federal Government.

The protesters, under the aegis of Ikwerre Peoples Assembly (IPA), took over the GRA Junction point of the highway, vowing to shut public and multinational facilities down should the commissioner of police be transferred out of the state.

 

The protest, which lasted about one hour, had a full police cover.

The protesters described Mbu in glowing terms, adding that his problem with the state government was his refusal to be used against those opposed to the governor.

The spokesman of the group, Chima Boms, who was also the counsel to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission headed by the late Justice Kayode Eso (JSC), also said Mbu had performed creditably well in the state.

According to Boms, “CP Mbu, in our estimation, has performed creditably well and deserves commendation. We, therefore, request that he continues to serve in Rivers State for the good of the people. Consequently, the Ikwerre Peoples’ Assembly will resist any attempt to redeploy CP Mbu as commissioner of police in Rivers State as such move will take us back to the dark era.”

Meanwhile, the senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, who was shot with a rubber bullet by the police at a Save Rivers Movement (SRM) rally in Port Harcourt over a week ago, has finally broken his silence.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Senator Abe expressed gratitude to friends, well-meaning individuals, groups and indeed, Nigerians, for their prayers, phone calls, solidarity messages and support, and prayed God to protect them at these dangerous times.

He condemned Sunday’s attack on supporters of Governor Rotimi Amaechi at Bori.

In a related development, pposition All Progressives Congress (APC), on Tuesday, alleged that supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan are importing ex-militants from Bayelsa and Akwa-Ibom States to cause mayhem in Rivers State.

A statement by its spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, warned that supporters of Governor Rotimi Amaechi might resort to self-help since Police are allegedly backing the other faction.

Warning of impending bloodbath, the party said, ”Having lost confidence in the ability of the police to protect them and keenly aware of the President’s deliberate refusal to allow peace to reign in their state, the patience of the people of Rivers is wearing thin, and there is an increasing possibility that they may resort to self help, which can only result in a blood-bath.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

EFCC Press Release: N32.8Bn Police Pension Scam: Court Freezes Assets Of Attang, Kigo.


By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)  has received an interim order from Justice Sunday E. Aladetoyinbo  of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja to take possession of the assets and properties of Atiku Abubakar Kigo and Mrs. Uzoma Cyril Attang, the 2nd and 6th Accused persons, respectively, in the N32.8 billion Police Pension scam.

 

The order given July 30, 2013  pursuant  to section 29 (a) and (b) of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004, also covers the freezing of the accounts of the suspects pending the hearing and final determination of the corruption case filed against them.

Both Mrs. Attang who was an Assistant Director at the Police Pension Office between 2005 and 2008 and Mr. Kigo who was the Director of the Police Pension Office before being made Permanent Secretary, were first arraigned on March 29, 2012, on 16-count criminal charge bordering on conspiracy and criminal breach of trust before Justice Mohammed Talba of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja alongside seven  others.

Because of her absence during the first arraignment,  Attang was later arraigned.

Forty Six (46) of the attached properties situated mostly in Lagos and Abuja belong to Attang while Kigo whose properties had earlier been attached had another of his plot of land at Gudu district attached.

Among properties belonging to Attang covered by the interim order are : a block of 4 flats at 3 Mama Ada Street, Alasia, Ajah, Lagos; a block of 4 flats at 33 Pamona Street, Sun City Estate, Abuja; Blocks of Flats at 71 Pamona Street, Sun City, Abuja; a Piece of Land and  3 Bedroom Duplex along Ajah- Epe Express Way, Alasia – Lagos; 2 blocks of 3 bedroom Duplex at 13 & 15 Adele Road, Apapa, Lagos; 2 Units of 2 bedroom Bungalow at Plot E148, Prince and Princess Estate, Abuja; 3 bedroom bungalow at 44 Main Street, Sun City, Abuja; 3 bedroom bungalow, 8 pomona Street, Sun City, Abuja and 5 bedroom House, at 12 Olushola Agbaje Street, Lekki Phase 1,Lagos.

Other properties include: 5 bedroom House at Ikot- Nseten,Ikono, AkwaIbom State; 4 bedroom house at Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State; Shops 1,2 & 3 at Garki 2 Ultra Modern Market, Abuja; Shops/Office B74 & B76,Effab Mall, Area 11, Gark- Abuja; Shops E1 to E5, F6 & F7 at Oba Elegushi Market, Jakande Estate, Lekki-Lagos; Shops D11,C03,C04,C07,C08 & D02 at Effab Mall, Area 11,Garki-Abuja; Shops 174,176,185,186 &187 at Ikota Shopping Complex, Ajah, Lagos; a Warehouse at 3, Nwanyinkwo Street, Ajah, Lekki, Lagos and a Water Factory at Industrial Estate, Idi Iroko Road, Otta, Ogun State.

Also attached are some companies allegedly operated and used as conduits by Attang to siphon public funds. These are Anifon Nigeria Limited; Enyiuzo Ventures Limited; Quill Ponte Nigeria Limited; Royal Diadem Business Logistics Limited; Status Symbols Rental Limited; Status Symbols Fashion Limited and  Status Travel & Tours Limited.

In addition,  22 accounts in various banks purportedly used to launder the stolen funds are frozen.

Wilson Uwujaren
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity
3rd September, 2013

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

SSS Parades Suspect Hired By Governor Akpabio To ‘Kill’ Senator Etok.


Adelola Tamunotonye Olaore, alias, ex-militant, extort money, General Africa
By SaharaReporters, New York

The State Security Service (SSS) today paraded a suspect, ex-militant Adelola Tamunotonye Olaore, alias “General Africa” over a plot to assassinate and extort money from Senator Aloysius Etok in Abuja.

Senator Etok is the man that Governor Goodswill Akpabio openly admitted having rigged into office, although the Senator has said his election was transparent.

But Senator Etok also occupies the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial Seat, the same seat that the governor covets in 2015 when he cannot run for a third term, giving the impression it is merely being held in trust for him.

The suspect, who was born in Port Harcourt, hails from Okeho in Kajola Local Government of Oyo State.  He confessed to having been contracted by three of Governor Akpabio’s loyalists to assassinate Senator Etok.  In order to convince the Senator [he was not lying] he offered to furnish him with details of the Governor’s purported Bank Account and Energy Company in South Africa.

Adelola said that he wanted to broker peace between Governor Akpabio and Senator Etok, having followed the political wrangling between the duo over the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial Seat.

He confessed to having used the political rift to extort money but he was apprehended by the security operatives.

That development following a directive from the SSS to the Senator who had written a letter to the service titled “REPORT OF THE PLANNED ASSASINATION BY A MAN WHO CALLS HIMSELF GENERAL AFRICA (AN-EX MILLITANT)”

The Senator was asked to play along with the suspect, leading to his arrest on April 29.
Governor Akpabio, a personal friend of President Goodluck Jonathan, has made it plain he will represent the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in the Senate in 2015, an ambition that has the entire Peoples Democratic Party machinery in the state behind him, including a faction of the legislature which recently adopted a resolution warning Senator Etok they will only support Akpabio’s Senatorial candidature in the forthcoming election.

Speaking recently in an interview about the political manipulations in Akwa Ibom State, the Senator said, “That is what happened during my second term struggle that as soon as they knew I was going to contest, my wife was kidnapped. After the release of my wife, my mother in law was kidnapped.

“When she was released, she died because of the torture she received in the hands of the kidnappers. As a result of that my father in law died out the heart break. Therefore, I also want Nigerians to ask Governor Akpabio what I have done to him. I have not done anything to him. I want all of you, like I am going to send a petition to the President, to ask Governor Akpabio to let me be. That his hit squad which he has resurrected should let me live. If anything happens to me, I want the world to know that Governor Akpabio is after my life.”

2015: Unholy Senatorial Ambition Of Second Term Governors.


By Theophilus Ilevbare

Few weeks ago, Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio, like some of his second term governor colleagues who are eyeing a transition from government house to the National Assembly complex, while speaking on a live television programme, reiterated his vaulting ambition to contest for Ikot Ekpene senatorial district when he vacates the governorship seat in 2015. He will swell the horde of former governors retiring to the red chambers of the upper legislative arm. Governor Akpabio, is also rumoured to be interested in the presidency or vice-presidential slot should anything dramatic happen to the Jonathan/Sambo ticket at the eleventh hour in 2015 or more assuredly after the duo complete their second term in 2019. For an ebullient politician like Akpabio, he cannot afford to be left out of the thick of things after 2015. His ambition has since pitched him against the Senator currently representing his senatorial district, Senator Aloysius Akpan Etok.  In most states the race for Senatorial seats in the hallowed chambers of the National Assemby has thickened, threatening to overheat the polity.

Since the country’s return to democracy in 1999, the hallowed chambers of the upper arm of the Nigerian legislature has cut a reputation for attracting very senior citizens across the country; ex-military administrators, former governors and ministers, top political leaders all at one point or the other have graced the red chambers of the National Assembly. But it is now trending, that second term governors seeking political relevance for personal aggrandisement use the Senate as a vehicle to keep their political career active.

In other climes, the Senate is revered for its ambience of dignity and honour, only deserving of men of no less virtue. In Nigeria, it has become a safe haven of sort for corrupt ex-governors with running cases with the EFCC. Joshua Dariye for instance, in 2004 was arrested in London for money laundering. He jumped bail and returned to the country to resume his duties as governor of Plateau state. Today, he is a ‘distinguished’ Senator of the Federal Republic. Former governors turned senators with cases with the EFCC include Bukola Saraki, Chimaroke Nnamani, among others.  Their presence in the Senate, keeps the anti-graft agencies at bay. Till date their cases have remained inconclusive. A sad reflection of the nature of anti-corruption war the government is waging.

Ex-governors who failed to lift their state beyond where they met it have somehow found their way into the Senate. Some, like the former governor of Plateau state, in a desperate bid to use their influence to garner votes, dumped their parties for new ones where they could vie for the Senate hassle-free.
Prominent governors like Rotimi Amaechi, Babangida Aliyu, Sule Lamido and a few others rumoured to be vying for the plum job or vice presidency, might eventually have to settle for a seat in the Senate as the political coast becomes clearer in the months leading up to the 2015 election. These second term governors, wield enormous political clout in their states, and are likely to win their districts unopposed.

The influx of retiring governors to the Senate is an indication that their (s)election into the National Assembly complex are for reasons far from the nudge of the people for qualitative representation based on antecedents and the believe that their candidature can deliver democracy dividend.

Second term governors who do not contest for Senate are either sceptical of their chances because they underperformed as state governors or will face stiff opposition from an incumbent Senator in the district. Many, like Mr. Akpabio realise that there might be no politician in the district that can match their political and financial clout if they throw their hat in the ring with victory all but guaranteed. Former governors like the pardoned political fugitive, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha is motivated by the quest to revive his ebbing political career in the Senate.

Eleven erstwhile governors, are currently in the 7th Senate. We can be certain it will increase come 2015 as it did after the 2003 and 2007 elections. Expectations were rife that they would use their wealth of experience to influence debates on national issues in the Senate. A Senator noted that probably, the ex-governors, thought they would continue to wield the kind of powers they had while they served as governors, “ except for a handful, who are doing well in the Senate, the rest are just here doing nothing. You don’t even see them often in the Senate doing their legislative work, and when they attend committee meetings, they almost talk as if they are still governors. That is why some of them don’t even come to the Senate, they stay away.”

DSP Alamieyeseigha, former Bayelsa State Governor, an ex-convict. who jumped bail in the UK, disguised as a woman to evade British officials for money laundering charges was granted Presidential pardon by Jonathan, ostensibly, to pave way for him to contest for the Senate in 2015. His posters has since surfaced in Bayelsa with a slogan: “Pardoned to serve.”  To this extent, the Nigerian Senate has been desecrated.

Corrupt ex-governors seeking political relevance by thronging to the Senate calls for some concern. Second term governors aspiring to be senators in 2015, must be borne out of a genuine desire to serve the people of their senatorial district.

For those whose tenures as governors can even be described as successful find it difficult to replicate that success in the Senate. They simply go into oblivion as soon as they realise that they no longer call the shots, but are part of a wider debate in the Senate. Their inputs were implemented with little or no delibration when they were governors. They lose motivation overtime to make meaningful contribution on the floor. It is therefore abundantly clear that their presence in the National Assembly is not to serve the people but their rapacious tendencies. If former governors, with the huge resources they controlled in their states could not make any meaningful impact, why should we expect miracles from them when they get to the hallowed chambers of the Senate?

A former Senatorial candidate in the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Kayode Ajulo believes “majority of senators perform below our expectation. It has gradually turned into a retirees forum where the qualification is that you must be retired or sacked, and in the absence of the next thing to do, you pick your party’s ticket and move to Senate, this shouldn’t be the case. The senate is supposed to be the heartbeat of a dynamic and people’s legislature. Everywhere in the world, the Senate is the totem of parliamentary democracy; that is why it is called upper legislative house.”
This, undoubtedly, has rubbed the Senate of its vibrancy and robust legislature, needed to move the country forward.

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Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

VIDEO: Akwa Ibom Governor, Akpabio, Admits Rigging Senatorial Primary Election On Live TV-PREMIUM TIMES.


 

The Akwa Ibom Governor made the statements during the ‘Good Governance Tour’ visit.

In a barefaced confession to electoral fraud, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, who is at the centre of multiple “gift” scandals involving state funds, has admitted on live television, to falsifying a senatorial election result and personally replacing the winner with his preferred candidate.

Mr. Akpabio spoke during the federal government’s contentious “Good Governance Tour” in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Information Minister, Labaran Maku, led several government officials and journalists on the tour which many Nigerians have dismissed as a jamboree.

While addressing the visiting delegation on his government’s achievements, Mr. Akpabio, seeking to impress his sense of evenhandedness on the audience, said he struck off the name of the winner of the Akwa Ibom north senatorial in his party’s primaries, and replaced same with Aloysius Etok.

Mr. Etok went on to win the main elections, and is currently the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service matters.

Mr. Akpabio, who in the past, claimed elections in the state were amongst Nigeria’s freest and fairest, laid bare in the speech to the federal delegation, captured on camera, how he deliberately masterminded a flawed process that produced Mr. Etok.
“The people of Ikono and Ini (Local Government Areas) from 1960 have never produced a Senator,” the governor narrated.

“I used my own hand to strike out the name of the person who has won before, and I said it is important for me to give that region a Senator in 2007, and I produced Senator Aloysius Etok for you; that’s where he comes from,” the governor said, before gesturing to Mr. Etok, who attended the session alongside his colleague in the Senate, Ita Enang, to “take a bow”.
The disclosure jolted the audience and the governor’s associates who exchanged awkward glances.

Several minutes later, an aide to the governor passed him (Mr. Akpabio) a note, apparently drawing Mr. Akpabio’s attention to the devastating consequences of his comments.

Mr. Akpabio gave the note some attention, before backtracking on his earlier comments.

“So I must say that I thank all of you, including the members of the national assembly; led by Senator Aloysius Etok. And when I said that I made Aloy(sius Etok) to become a senator in 2007, I need to explain it so that you don’t think that I wrote his name and he became a senator,” the governor said.

“During the primaries of PDP, we zoned the senate seat to his federal constituency. And from the federal constituency, he made first in the primaries. That happened in the PDP. So we said since he was the first among the people who came from his federal constituency for the primary, then he must be the one to become the senator.”

Then after that, we “presented him before the general public in the election and he won. And in 2011, with my support, he had the highest number of votes by any senator in the entire national assembly.”

Mr. Akpabio has been at the centre of the storm over his controversial use of state funds for donations and gifts to celebrities, journalists, party officials, and others.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Akwa Ibom 2015: Who’s afraid of Merit?.


The question of where the next Governor of Akwa Ibom State, and the
successor of Chief Godswill Akpabio in 2015 would come from has
dominated political discourse in recent times. Expectedly, many
commentators and interest groups have joined the fray to push their
positions through. That is how it should be. Democracy allows for
debates and plurality of opinions.

The disappointment however is that partisan groups have left the
substance to focus on the mundane. Instead of emphasis on the intrinsic
qualities of the next Governor and what he would have to offer, we are
being assailed by where he should come from. For most people, such
considerations would amount to sacrificing merit on the altar of mediocrity
and this should be strongly discouraged.

For instance in a recent press release, a group which goes by the name:
Eket Senatorial District Forum”, stood history on the head through
revisionism by attempting to justify (albeit unsuccessfully) why the next
governorship contest in Akwa Ibom State should be the exclusive
preserve of only aspirants from Eket Senatorial District.

In the release titled: “Why Eket Senatorial District Must Produce Akwa
Ibom Governor in 2015”, the nebulous group went to great length to distort
facts and our recent history and seeking to foist its retrogressive position
on the rest of the state. The fulcrum of its argument is that “zoning of the
office of the Governor has always been part of our political life in Akwa
Ibom State,” as if they were all suffering from selective amnesia.

It has already been established before now that at no time since the
inception of this democratic dispensation has the position of the
governorship of the state been exclusively zoned to any senatorial
district. Otherwise the modern day advocates of zoning in Akwa Ibom
State would be hard put to explain why the present Deputy Governor of
Akwa Ibom State, Obong Nsima Ekere, a distinguished son of Eket
Senatorial District had contested against Chief Godswill Akpabio for the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket in 2006.

The position of the Eket Senatorial District Forum, absurd as it is, would
be like changing the goal post in the middle of a football game. This is
because, never in the history of electioneering in Akwa Ibom State had
persons from any particular senatorial district been barred from contesting
for the governorship position, while in the same token donated as a trophy
to another.

One may be inclined to ask: where were members of Eket Senatorial
District Forum when their sons, in exercise of their democratic right,
contested the governorship of the state against aspirants from other
senatorial districts? Or, are they telling us that if for instance, any of their
sons (and they were many) had won the PDP primaries in 2006 against
Chief Akpabio, they would have annulled the election and dashed the
ticket to someone from Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District because it was
not their turn?

The members of Eket Senatorial District Forum and other such groups
agitating for the unconstitutional and undemocratic barring of aspirants
from other senatorial districts should listen to the wise counsel of one of
their own and a distinguished son of the zone with strong democratic
credentials, Mr Larry Esin.

In a recent post in his facebook wall, Mr Esin said: “The question of our
role in the governance of our State in 2015, a responsibility we welcome
with open arms, will occupy and engage our thoughts and actions for the
next three years. And rightfully so! But let us not be consumed, blinded
and misled by the fledgling believe that it is “our turn” now. It has always
been our turn. For as long as we have been a part of Akwa Ibom State, it
has always been our turn and responsibility to vie for any political office
and offer solutions to meet the development challenges of our State.The
Ibibio’s, Anangs, Ekid’s, and all other ethnic groups will express their
fundamental right to serve their State in 2015, and we cannot fault them
for doing so. Oro will win the governorship not by evoking “Zoning“, but by
presenting the best marketable Oro candidate in the race and giving
100% of our support to that candidate period”.

Mr Esin should know better and he cannot be faulted for having this
democratic disposition and not joining in undemocratic agitations even
when he may be a beneficiary. In 2006 Mr Esin (as already noted, from
Eket Senatorial District) had a shot at the governorship in the state and
indeed put up a credible performance by coming third in the PDP
primaries which Chief Godswill Akpabio won. In the 2011 governorship
election in Akwa Ibom State, he was the candidate of the Congress for
Progressive Change (CPC).

In none of these instances had the Eket Senatorial District Forum been
on record as having asked aspirants from their zone not to contest
against a candidate from Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District. In any case, as
it has always been the case, there were candidates also from Uyo
Senatorial District because electoral contests in Akwa Ibom State have
always been open for all. It therefore smacks of political mischief for the
Eket Forum to suddenly wake up from a deep slumber and attempt to
rewrite the political history of Akwa Ibom State through crude revisionism.
The interest of most progressive Akwa Ibom people is not where the next
Governor will come from but what he would be bringing to the table. There
is no doubt that Governor Godswill Akpabio has greatly transformed the
state from a largely pedestrian civil service state to a destination of
choice in Nigeria through the provision of world class infrastructural
facilities. The people desire a Governor who would take the state to the
next level.

Let me concede that it is the democratic right of people of Eket
Senatorial District to vie for the Governorship of the state, just as it is the
right of any other Akwa Ibomite, as guaranteed in the constitution. In the
process, they have to put their best materials forward, and there are
many of them. The campaign on who will govern Akwa Ibom State in 2015
should be hinged on the agenda of the aspirants and not their ethnicity.
Any aspirant who is sure of what he has to offer would not be afraid to
compete with others. Rather than dissipate their energy on zoning and
attempting to rewrite our recent political history, those agitating for the so-
called zoning should channel such energy towards producing a
marketable candidate that can hold his own. Seeking to close the
democratic space even before the election could only foist a mediocre on
a State with many intelligent people.

Many people desire a Governor in the mould of Chief Akpabio who will
approach governance with a liberal disposition in appointments and
execution of projects, a Governor whose constituency would be Akwa
Ibom State and not his Senatorial District alone. The campaign by Eket
Senatorial District Forum is suspicious and has the potential in alienating
a large segment of Akwa Ibom people. It gives the unfortunate impression
that whoever should emerge from such an undemocratic process of
shutting the democratic space would come with a baggage and an ethnic
agenda to execute.

Mr Mboho, a Public Affairs Analyst writes from Uyo.

By Ini-Abasi Mboho.

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