Wednesday, 27 August 2014

I like Genevieve like crazy but I don’t want to be her – Mercy Johnson

I like Genevieve like crazy but I don’t want to be her – Mercy Johnson
The multiple award-winning actress, Mercy Johnson in a recent interview shares her belief that Genevieve Nnaji is a far better actress than she is.

While she admits her open adoration for the movie star, she said she did not want to be a Genevieve. According to her, “I think I have one of the best role models ever. I like Genevieve like crazy. 

2015 Guber Race: Bishop Akpan speaks on why He wants to be Governor.

 2015 Guber Race: Bishop Akpan speaks on why He wants to be Governor.
In a recent chat with some Journalists in his country home of Abak Ishiet in ONNA LGA, Bishop Samuel Friday Akpan bared his mind concerning his ambition and why he was seeking to become the Governor of Akwa Ibom State.

Bishop Akpan said his seeking tobecome governor was not only thathe was from Eket Senatorial District but that Eket Senatorial District must produce the next governor as it was the district laying the golden egg for the economic benefit of the state. He saidthe core oil communities comprised of Ibeno, Eket, Esit Eket, Onna and probably Mkpat Enin, Eastern Obolo and Mbo about eight oil bearing local governments. For now, the bulk of the core oil communities that are actually producing the oil are in Eket Federal Constituency

2015 SUCCESSION PLAN: AKPABIO SQUANDERS LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNDS

2015 SUCCESSION PLAN: AKPABIO SQUANDERS LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNDS
... Chairmen forced to sign off over N2B
… Akpabio pockets N1.6B as ALGON fight over
N 130M
-Paul Ekpo, Emem Akpabio, Ors share N80M

The latest victim of the funding of the Udom Emmanuel must be governor project of Godswill Akpabio is the N2.1Billion Naira one per cent statutory savings of local governments in the last five years which was meant for agricultural projects.

Reports reaching Midweek Global Concord indicates that, the 31 local government Chairmen in Akwa Ibom State were recently coerced to sign off the money. In a meeting which was held in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and presided over by the state governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, saw the governor carting home the sum of N1.6Billion Naira.

'Nigerians are proud of you' - President Jonathan congratulates Falconets

'Nigerians are proud of you' - President Jonathan congratulates Falconets
The Nigerian leader has appluaded the performance of the Falconets throughout the 2014 Fifa U20 Women's World Cup despite bowing in finals to the Germans again.

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the Falconets who won silver at the 2014 Fifa U20 Women's World Cup in Canada despite defeat to Germany in the final on Sunday.

The impressive Nigerian girls lost 1-0 after extra time to Germany in competition's final.

Chris Giwa defeats Mike Umeh to emerge as new NFF president

Chris Giwa and others sworn in to the NFF Board
The proprietor of Giwa FC was voted in ahead of the former vice president in Abuja on Tuesday as the DSS also arrested former president Aminu Maigari and Musa Amadu

Christopher Giwa, the chairman of Nigeria Professional League club side Giwa Football Club, has been elected as the new president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

He polled 27 votes to defeat his challenger former vice president Mike Umeh who got two votes in an election where 29 out of 44 members participated in the voting exercise.

SSS arrests Maigari, Green

SSS arrests Maigari, Green
Operatives of the State Security Service on Tuesday in Abuja, arrested the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigari, and halted the federation’s scheduled meeting.

Also arrested was the NFF Secretary-General, Musa Amadu, and a board member, Chris Green.

The NFF president was initially arrested in July as he returned from the World Cup in Brazil, following a court order.

VIDEO- Gov. Godswill Akpabio, 2face, Chaka Chaka celebrated at AFRIMMA Awards 2014

       
At the just concluded African music awards, AFRIMMA, it was a night of celebration of African music as well as African icons who have played a prominent role in the emancipation of African music. Apart from the regular categories of awards, 3 other individuals were honored by AFRIMMA for their service to African music at Eisemann Center, Dallas, Texas. Continue...

Newsday Publisher Clocks 49 to celebrate birthday with the less privileged.

Newsday Publisher Clocks 49 to celebrate birthday with the less privileged.
A former Council Chairman of Urue-Offong Oruko, Chief Edet Isong popularly known as ‘Windy’ will on Thursday 28th August 2014 clock 49 years old on planet earth. Information made available to newsmen indicates that the Journalist and newspaper publisher will on Thursday lead members of his family and friends on a visit to the less privilege homes where he is expected to extend love to inmates at the less privileged homes.

As usual the Oro Nation born philanthropist and politician who is a title holder of Okosisi1 and Mokafa of Efut, Obong Nsehe Ekpene Ukim, Ntanta Oro, bestowed on him in recognition of his selfless service to humanity has hinted that his 49 birthday will be devoid of fanfare as he would be using the opportunity to reflect on the numerous blessing of God upon his life and family, hence the decision to rather celebrate with the lowly placed one’s in the society.

Umana's lawyers write Update Newspaper on Libel - seek One Hundred Million Naira for damages

Umana's lawyers write Update Newspaper on Libel
Victor Iyanam & Co.
Legal Practitioners, Chartered Mediators & Notary Public
Nigerian Stock Exchange Building, Udo Udoma Avenue
(Opp. House of Assembly Complex) Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Tel: 087-290066, 08055235374, 08064354418
26th August, 2014
1.      The Managing Director
Fountain Media Services
(Publishers of Update)
Line L, Plot 105, Ewet Housing Estate,
Uyo,
Akwa Ibom State
2.      Emmanuel Effiong
Editor In Chief, Update Newspaper
Line L, Plot 105, Ewet Housing Estate,
Uyo,
Akwa Ibom State

A/Ibom Assembly Will Not Fight Akpabio – Speaker

A/Ibom Assembly Will Not Fight Akpabio – Speaker
 SPEAKER of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Elder Samuel Ikon, has flayed critics of the fifth Assembly, who always described it as rubber stamp, saying that the Assembly was not in any supremacy battle with the governor or the executive.

Ikon, who said this on Monday in Uyo, the state capital,  while briefing newsmen as part of activities marking the beginning of the 2014/2015 legislative year, maintained that the Assembly was not expected to always oppose policies and decisions of the executive as a way of proving that it was truly independent of the executive control.

Akwa Ibom 2015: Gov. Akpabio sets up hand-over committee

 Akwa Ibom 2015: Gov. Akpabio sets up hand-over committee
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill  Akpabio, has begun the process of winding down his administration in the next nine months, by setting up  a committee to compile notes for his successor in 2015.

Governor Akpabio, who disclosed this  at the Methodist Church, Nigeria, Ikot Ebido Oku, Uyo, during a thanksgiving service by the State House of Assembly to mark the end of the third legislative session and begin the fourth session, said the committee is headed by the state Head of Civil Service, Mrs. Cecilia Udoessien.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

COMPARATIVE POLITICS: Critics of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Gov. Akpabio

COMPARATIVE POLITICS: Critics of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Gov. Akpabio
Critics of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi easily use the achievements of Governor Akpabio to try to splash mud on the development strides of Amaechi in Rivers state. Recently, a major figure in the anti-ameachi movement speaking on live radio said he "shedded tears" for Rivers state when he visited Uyo.

If Akpabio is doing so much better than Amaechi, why are the streets of Uyo still so empty in comparison to the ever burgeoning population of Port Harcourt?

2015 Guber: Resign and contest, Akwa Ibom youths tell Udom

 2015 Guber: Resign and contest, Akwa Ibom youths tell Udom
Akwa Ibom youths have unanimously declared their support for the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Udom Emmanuel, by calling on him to resign and contest as governor in the forthcoming 2015 election in order to consolidate and sustain the ongoing uncommon transformation of the present administration of the present administration led by Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio.

The youths made the declaration during the Youth Delegate Converge 2014, held at the Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio Hall, Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo, Friday.

VIDEO- Thompson Essien Response to Michael Ukanga Ekpo on Why Ibibio Should Not Support Bassey Albert Akpan

Michael Ukanga Ekpo:

In case you were trying to impress me with your write-up, let me inform you that all you have succeeded in doing is to prove to me that you are a mentally deranged individual, who is in need of a serious medical attention---I have said this before, unfortunately, due to the distance between us, I cannot offer you any help..

At first I did not want to join issues with you because the Bible says "Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse. Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning" (Proverbs 9:7-9---NIV).

I HAVE NO HAND IN MIKE SABASTINE’S AMBTION –SIR EMEM AKPABIO

I HAVE NO HAND IN MIKE SABASTINE’S AMBTION –SIR EMEM AKPABIO
Following rumours making the headlines that Governor Godswill Akpabio is preparing a certain Mike Sabastine from Ikot Abasi Local Government Area to take over from him come 2015; a senior member of the Great Akpabio family, Sir Emem Akpabio has broken the ice and dismissed the insinuation as a complete fluke. 

Speaking with journalists in his Port Harcourt residence, Sir Akpabio said that he is unaware of the Governorship ambition of Mr Mike Sabastine He noted that he has not been consulted or been told by the said Sebastian that he nurses such ambition. “I am unaware of such an ambition. 

I read newspapers and follow stories on the social media but I have not stumbled on this one. I was surprisedwhen you asked of my take on this aspiration. I have not been informed or consulted in anyway. To further insinuate that I have a hand in this ambition is a huge joke. We must note that the next Governor of Akwa Ibom State has a big task ahead of him. It requires someone who has the right connection, contacts, intellectual capacity and experience to move the state to an industrialized hub. 

The media should please help us in dismissing these distractive rumours capable of misleading the masses. You know we are in a critical political era, and these rumours are sponsored by aspirants from Uyo Senatorial District who are bent on imposing themselves on the people of Akwa Ibom State against the already established zoning arrangement. Mike is my in-law and I don’t think he would nurse such a ‘heavenly-laddered ambition without at least informing me. 

I have better things to do with my money and I can’t fund trash" Recently, local newspapers and online blogs reported that Governor Akpabio is considering a Plan B in his succession plan and that he had asked Mr Mike Sabastine, a serving commissioner in the State’s Local Government Service Commission to vie for the exalted office. Mr Sebastian is also married to Uduak, a sister to one of the influential Akpabio family members, Sir Emem Akpabio. 

The reports further suggested that Mr Sebastian is being prepared to split votes in the Ikot Abasi/ Mkpat Enin axis where Obong Nsima Ekere and Chief Benjamin Okoko are said to hold sway at the moment. A similar online blog reports that Mr Mike Sabastine was offered the whopping sum of One Hundred Million (100,000,000) Naira by Obong Bassey Albert to cause confusion in Akwa Ibom Consolidation Alliance (ACA) and in the Great Akpabio family. 

The mission if well delivered will earn Mr Sabastine a deputy Governorship position in the OBA administration.

By Idara Usen

Ebola: FG closes all PRIVATE and PUBLIC primary and secondary schools till 13th October

The Federal Government has directed that all private and public primary and secondary schools should remain closed till 13th October, 2014 as a preventive measure against the spread of Ebola Virus Disease.

The preventive measures are decisions reached in a meeting the Minister of Education held with State Commissioners of Education in Abuja on Tuesday.

This measure was announced by the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau.

*AKPABIO PENCILS DOWN EFFIONG BOB,BASSEY ALBERT, ONOFIOK LUKE, BASSEY ETIENAM, OTHERS, FOR ASSASSINATION

*AKPABIO PENCILS DOWN EFFIONG BOB,BASSEY ALBERT, ONOFIOK LUKE, BASSEY ETIENAM, OTHERS, FOR ASSASSINATION
Bothered about the unpleasant and unwarranted political tensions, unsuccessful attempt on the life of the Director General of Umana Okon Umana for Governor, Mr. Sunny Udom, the cold blooded and unresolved murder of Engr. Akaninyene Ukpanah in Akwa Ibom State in recent times especially as the build-up to the 2015 PDP Governorship primaries gathers momentum, the DIASPORA NETWORK FOR THE PRESERVATION OF AKWA IBOM after an extensive emergency meeting considers with utmost disdain the “Absalom prescription” by Chief Godswill Akpabio on those “seeking to take power through the back door”.

In view of the fore going, we wish to bring to the attention of President Goodluck Jonathan, the Inspector General of Police,Akwa Ibom citizens as well as Nigerians, Akpabio’s heinous plot to eliminate leading political figures in the state who in his estimation are stoutly opposed to his ambitious plan to impose his stooge, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel as the next occupant ofHilltop Mansion.

Umana Umana, Wife in a N145m Loan Scandal

Umana Umana, Wife in a N145m Loan Scandal
Umana Okon Umana, immediate past Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government (SSG), his wife, Florence, One Ubong Ibiam and Kaniex Integrated Service Ltd may soon be dragged to court for alleged “stealing, advanced fee fraud, fraudulent conversion and diversion of One Hundred and Forty Five Million Naira (N145,000,000,00) belonging to Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).”

A pre-action notice sent to Obong and Mrs. Umana Okon Umana by AMCON, through her lawyers, Charles Uhegbu a Co, a copy of which is in our possession reveals that on December 17, 2007, Bank PHB/ Keystone (AMCON) granted a loan facility to Mrs. Florence Uman O. Umana and Mr. Ubong Ubiam on behalf of Kaniex Integrated Services Ltd for a period of one and a half years (18 months) for the purpose of constructing the company’s permanent structure.

BREAKING NEWS: Enugu Chicken Impeachment: Assembly impeaches deputy governor

BREAKING NEWS: Enugu Chicken Impeachment: Assembly impeaches deputy governor
The Enugu State House of Assembly has removed the state’s Deputy Governor, Sunday Onyebuchi, from office.

The Assembly voted Tuesday morning to sack Mr. Onyebuchi from office.

Details of the impeachment session is still sketchy but the deputy governor’s removal is believed to have been masterminded by Governor Sullivan Chime.

The Assembly accused Mr. Onyebuchi  of operating a commercial poultry at his official residence and of disobeying Governor  Chime, charges that, under the law, do not qualify as impeachment offences.

IGNORE AKPABIO' DEATH THREAT,ETIEBET TELLS 2015 GUBER ASPIRANTS

IGNORE AKPABIO' DEATH THREAT,ETIEBET TELLS 2015 GUBER ASPIRANTS
AS UMANA UMANA DECLARES WAR AGAINST POVERTY, ILLITERACY FROM 2015

A member of the Board of Trustees of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party [PDP], Don Etiebet, has told interested candidates in the 2015 gubernatorial election in Akwa Ibom State to ignore death threats and focus their attention on campaigns for a free and fair elections in the state.

 The incumbent governor, Godswill Akpabio, was quoted to have said that all aspirants in the governorship race in the state, who have not received his blessings to run, were doing so from the back door and deserved to die as traitors. But delivering a lecture in Uyo on the topic “Democracy and the Challenge of Leadership”, at the 55th birthday celebration of Okon Umana, the former Secretary to the State Government and one of the aspirants in the 2015 governorship elections, Mr. Etiebet called on qualified and interested politicians from all parts of the state to feel free to contest for the party’s ticket. 

Photos: NAVAL OFFICER ASSAULTS AKWA IBOM POLITICIAN

NAVAL OFFICER ASSAULTS AKWA IBOM POLITICIANPhotos: NAVAL OFFICER ASSAULTS AKWA IBOM POLITICIAN
                                                            Hon.Ekanem Willie

In what appears to be the re-occurance of the Lady Uzoma Okere's treament by Naval officers in Lagos,a prominent politician in Eket,Akwa Ibom State Hon.Ekanem Willie was assaulted and beaten by a naval officer in Eket in the early hours of Sunday August 24,2014. 

The ugly and unnecessary display of smartness by a dark-skinned naval officer happened at Stevegrad Filling Station along Liverpool Rood,Eket.

DESPERATE PERMUTATION: AKPABIO MOVES TO FRUSTRATE BASSEY ALBERT

 DESPERATE PERMUTATION: AKPABIO MOVES TO FRUSTRATE BASSEY ALBERT DESPERATE PERMUTATION: AKPABIO MOVES TO FRUSTRATE BASSEY ALBERT
 …ASKS IME ALBERT TO DECLARE FOR GOVERNORSHIP
…DONATE N200M AS TAKE OFF GRANT FOR CONSULTATIONS TO IME ALBERT
IME ALBERT WILL BE DISGRACED AGAIN – GROUP
 
The journey to the Akwa Ibom state Governorship elections in 2015 seems to be getting more interesting each passing day as shocking intrigues continue to spring up by the day. The latest addition to the series of intrigues that have so far surrounded the race is the call on Mr. Ime Albert, the elder brother of the former commissioner and frontline gubernatorial aspirant Obong Bassey Albert by Governor Godswill Akpabio to join the Akwa Ibom state Governorship race.

AKPABIO PLANS TO SELL IBOM POWER PLANT FOR 190MILLION DOLLARS UNCOVERED

 AKPABIO PLANS TO SELL IBOM  POWER PLANT FOR 190MILLION DOLLARS UNCOVERED AKPABIO PLANS TO SELL IBOM  POWER PLANT FOR 190MILLION DOLLARS UNCOVERED
IBOM POWER PLANT FOR AUCTION
AS AKPABIO PLAN TO SELL POWER PLANT FOR 190MILLION DOLLARS UNCOVERED

…CLAIMS HE WANTS TO USE THE MONEY TO COMPLETE PROJECTS

Strong indications have emerged that Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio may have concluded plans to sell the Akwa Ibom State owned Ibom Power Plant.

Investigations carried out by our team of reporters reveal that the governor intends to exploit the virtual bankruptcy which the state has been bedeviled with in recent times, as a result of his reckless spending of state funds to sell the power plant to himself for the sum of 190Million Dollars using his frien/d, business associate and purported owner of Next Oil as a front.

REVEALED: Why Ibibio Should Not Support Bassey Albert Akpan

REVEALED: Why Ibibio Should Not Support Bassey Albert Akpan
Despite all the noise-making about how this and that group has “adopted” this and that aspirant, the truth remains that the official period for election campaign are still weeks away. But when that time finally arrives, Ibibio will conduct a serious scrutiny of all its sons and daughters who are now scrambling to represent them. One such person will be Bassey Albert Akpan.

From 2007, up until a few months months ago when Akpabio unceremoniously removed him from office as the Commissioner for Finance, Bassey Albert Akpan dined, wined, danced, and sang the songs of joy with Godswill Akpabio.

BISHOP SAMUEL AKPAN- THE TRIPOD MAN; AN EPITOME OF EQUITY AND FAIRNESS.

BISHOP SAMUEL AKPAN- THE TRIPOD MAN; AN EPITOME OF EQUITY AND FAIRNESS.  
As the state is made up of three senatorial district, so is power expected to go round the three senatorial districts. And so is stated in the PDP's constitution. The much clamoured equity and fairness would be settled with rotation and distribution among the three districts which is the political tripod.
Talking of rotation and distribution, Bishop Samuel Akpan stands out as an epitome of equity and fairness. He played his little part in the emergence of a governor from Uyo SD, and then staked out everything to see a governor from Ikot Ekpene SD. Now it's time for Eket SD, and he has made himself available for the job.