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Information reaching us from a reliable source has it that some hoodlums have hijacked the ENDSARS protest in Edo state capital.

Apart from th spate of violence reported across Benin city since weekend, we are informed that there is a prison break this morning as hoodlums under the pretence of protest are said to have stormed the Central Proson in Benin, freeing prisoners and prison staff scamper for safety from the huge number of the thugs.

Tweets from Edo state has shown photographs and videos of prisoners climbing the prison fence to escape. Prisoners are also seen in videos jubilating in the streets of Benin city.

Organisers and leaders of the ENDSARS protest have dissociated themselves from the protests in Edo State, as the protesters have become totally uncontrollable.

See tweets from Edo people:

Channels TV in their tweet has also reported that the Edo state Government has declared 24hours curfew to beginning by 4pm to end protests. According to Channels TV tweet, anyone seen outside after 4pm will be dealt with by security men.

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela

Today, is to celebrate a man of God, a firm believer in Jesus Christ, who rose from obscurity to prominence, not through opulence, but by winning many battles for humanity.

He is not a conventional preacher, but a Minister on the side of the people, who stands on his God inspired convictions even when it means standing alone.

Let us celebrate the Founder and President of Solid Rock Kingdom Church, Apostle John Okoriko as he clocks 72years today.

Apostle John Okoriko was born on 18th October 1948 in Ibekwe Akpanya, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area. He is Publisher of Best Seller, “Every Satan Has a Human Face”, a tele-evangelist, famed by his uncommon usage of a special kind of Ibibio dialect to preach the gospel, despite his American accent English speaking capabilities.

In 2016, Apostle Okoriko was given an award by Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio for being the first man to preach on DSTV channels with Ibibio dialect and for consistently interpreting and reading the Efik bible in Ibibio dialect.
Recently he was honoured to unveil the first Ibibio bible, published last month and unveiled at Ibom Hall ground.

Apostle Okoriko has fought many battles for humanity. He was the first preacher to preach against abuse of children and branding them as witches. Few months after he called out the then state Governor Godswill Akpabio to end child abuse, the Akwa Ibom State Government submitted a bill to Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and the Child Rights Act was subsequently passed to law barring ‘evil prophets ‘ from declaring innocent children as witches.

Apostle Okoriko also fought against using culture, especially ‘ekpo nyoho’ to intimidate and victimize women. This battle he fought for three decades beginning from the 70s, until civilization neutralized such practices.

Apostle teaches his followers hardwork and godliness, he believes that every fortune or misfortune in life is caused by man or God himself and that God has no opposition.

For humanity again, Apostle Okoriko is currently fighting the battle of ending the impoverishment of bereaved families through expensive burial rites and ceremonies, unnecessary demands by Churches and communities etc before approving interment. For example, the doctrine of Solid Rock Kingdom Church makes it illegal for a Pastor or Elders to get a dime nor even eat at a burial venue of their Church member. The Church officials are rather expected to finance part of such events.

At 72, he is still healthy and hearty, Apostle (Dr) John Okoriko is still bouncing, jumping on the pulpit, flying around the world to preach the gospel and sacrificing more than 50% of his wealth for humanity, especially orphans and sick people whom he is very passionate about.

As Solid Rock Kingdom Church rolls out drums to celebrate this charismatic leader, let all his fans, admirers and those affected and impacted by his messages give him flower while he is alive.

When in 1992, CP Simeon Danladi Midenda created the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the intention was that of creating a tactical unit of the NPF to confront and combat the rising spate of armed robbery and kidnapping at the time.

Members of the unit, were taken through rigorous drills and given intelligence orientation to properly equip them for the nature of their assignment. As a result, SARS officials came out tougher and fiercer than regular policemen and were famed to be no-nonsense cops.

Enter Nigerians! The Nigerian society is built around intimidation. With or without any provocations, we love to arm ourselves with a “combat level” attack prowess, just to “show” fellow citizens that we are not their mates. It didn’t take long before Nigerians discovered the “no-nonsense” nature of SARS. Stories of their exploits and triumphs made the rounds and in no time, We Nigerians began to invite SARS into civil matters. Landlords used SARS to evict tenants from their houses, girlfriends who had squabbles with their boyfriends invited SARS to “teach them a lesson”. Politicians used the Anti-Robbery squad to settle political scores, intimidate opponents and even cause mayhem.

My first encounter with the infamous SARS was at a private compound in Ikot Ekpene road. The landlord had created single rooms to serve as hostels for university of Uyo Students, and about five of them stayed in the premises: one of them was a beautiful female student whose financier was a rich politician. The girl however had a campus boyfriend who sneaked in once in a while to spend some “quality time” with the sister. The lover boy however ran out of luck one Friday evening when the politician who had earlier told the girl that he had traveled out of town strolled into the compound with two SARS operatives. The drama that ensued was enough to keep residents of the compound traumatized for a lifetime. The forcemen shot sporadically in the air, threatened tenants in the compound as the broke into the room of the “culprit” in a gestapo style! The lover boy was brought out wearing just briefs, beaten up and humiliated publicly before he was whisked away.

Many other stories of how a force unit specially trained to handle complex criminal and armed robbery operations was gradually shown the way into our everyday lives abound. The fringe benefits of these extra operations were of course too numerous to mention. Tactical operations are by their very nature risky and has little or no financial benefits. Civil cases on the contrary are zero risk cases as the highly trained men are usually pitched against relatively unarmed civilian targets, in addition, the report maker will usually “drop something” to facilitate the case, and the victims will of course spend heavily to clear themselves.

Other agencies of government also found SARS to be a useful tool of operation. It is not out of place to find the EFCC, ICPC and other anti graft bodies requiring the full complement of SARS officials when going for an operation.

These and many other factors such as the endemic internal corruption among the ranks of the NPF contributed to making a monster of the specialized force unit. The special unit gradually became general purpose and imposed itself on the society.

In addition to all these, the Nigerian security architecture merges roles and responsibilities into one. Everyone in uniform or armed with firearms carry out the similar tasks. An FRSC officer once asked to see police clearance for my car and I know it sounds ridiculous, but I’ve had to explain to a police in the anticultism unit why my spare tire was missing! Men of the SARS have not been left out in this roles mixup and rascality. They gradually pulled out of tactical operations and found themselves more useful in civil matters. They constituted themselves into Vehicle Inspection Units, Economic Crimes investigation Units, civil unrest quelling forces, narcotics investigation officers, election monitors and every other thing in between.

The result ofcourse was absolute lawlessness and cold-blooded murders. Pitching a force unit trained to combat armed criminals against unarmed civilians was never going to have a happy ending. It became regular to see men of the SARS doing routine checks on our roads, going after young persons perceived to be internet fraudsters and even arresting tenants at the behest of landlords! Gradually, things began to degenerate. Stories of intimidation, torture, murder, extortion and outright robbery have been told of our men of the SARS.

The intention of creating SARS may have been pure, but right now, they have morphed into something monstrous. Their evil clearly outweighs whatever good deeds they have to their credits. There is an urgent need to bring down the entire SARS formation and indeed overhaul the Nigerian police department. It might be a herculean task, and would definitely cost lots of money, but nothing is too much to sacrifice for the lives and safety of Nigerians.

We created this monster.
If we don’t destroy it, we will be destroyed by our own creation!

Cc: Courage Mbon

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HON. EKANEM BROWN FLAGS-OFF FG’s CONDITIONAL CASH TRANSFER PROG IN MKPAT ENIN, APPLAUDS BUHARI

…As Over 3000 Households Benefit

The Executive Chairman of Mkpat Enin Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State, Hon. Ekanem Brown, today, flagged off the conditional cash transfer programme of the Federal Government in Mkpat Enin LGA.

The exercise took place simultaneously at five locations across the LGA, namely Mkpat Enin Council Secretariat, townhall Nkikara village, Civic Centre Ikot Akpaden, Palace of the Village Head Ikot Akata and St. Christopher Primary School, Ikot Abasi Akpan.

Addressing the crowd of beneficiaries in the Council Hall, Hon. Ekanem Brown cautioned them against wastage and urged them to spend the monies judiciously.

He further advised them to form cooperative societies to enable them engage in small and medium scale businesses.

In his words, “I have put everything in place to ensure Akwa Ibom State.

“Please, my people, do not spend this monies carelessly. You will be given forty thousand naira each. As you collect it, invest it in business so that it will multiply. I will stand here until the last person is paid”. He said.

According to data retrieved from the adhoc staffs working in the programme, on behalf of the the Federal Ministry of Himanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, not less than three thousand (3000) households in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State are benefitting from the exercise, which they said was just the first batch.

This reporter also gathered that the beneficiaries were paid forty thousand naira each (40,000 naira) being accumulated arrears of the cash transfer programme.

Aged people, fellows with disabilities, the poorest of the poor including pregnant women were seen standing in lines to collect the cash.

To ensure the success and smooth running of the exercise, the Council Chairman and men of the Department of State Security, DSS, worked assiduously to ensure that the thousands of beneficiaries queued properly to get the cash.

CREATION OF ITAI STATE

The Chairman, Board of Trustees of Ati Annang Foundation, Sir Emem Akpabio has told the Nigeria National Assembly that all the National Assembly Members from Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District have endorsed the creation of Itai State.

The Annang speaking people of Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday, 23/09/2020 had presented a memorandum to the Senate ad-hoc Committee on Constitutional Review demanding the creation of ITAI State from the present Akwa Ibom State.

Leader of the delegation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ati Annang Foundation, Emem Akpabio, made the presentation through Senator representing Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in the National assembly, Senator Chris Ekpenyong.

According to him, the people of the old Annang province led by representatives from Ati Annang, Afe Annang, Afe Nkuku Annang and Annang leaders of thought decided to submit a proposal and memorandum for the creation of a state to be called and addressed as ITAI STATE from the present Akwa Ibom state with its capital at Ikot Ekpene.

They explained that the Annang nation remains one of the oldest nation or nationality having homogeneous aborigines with a population of 1.1 million (projected from the provisional figures of the 1991 National census) covering the eight local government Areas of Abak, Etim Ekpo, Ika, Ikot Ekpene, Essien Udim, Obot Akara, Ukanafun and Oruk Anam.

Emem Akpabio said they have confidence in the 9th National Assembly for the realization of the proposed State, noting that the proposed State would be economically viable in the areas of agriculture, solid minerals, livestock and human resources.

The memorandum for the creation of ITAI state became necessary because, over the years, the administration of Nigeria has been accomplished through the creation of units that make for political and socio-economic development.”

“It will be fair, just and equitable for the people of the old Annang province that had been overlooked during the various state creation exercises to be granted their wishes just like other old provinces.”

Asked if the memorandum has the backing of the three Senators from Akwa Ibom State, he explained that it has been endorsed by all members of the National Assembly from the zone.

The presentation from the Annang people follows a recent presentation by Obolo people for the creation of Obolo State, still from the present day Akwa Ibom State.

…Applauds Udom Emmanuel’s Industrialization Drive

By Aniedi UKOENANG

In the spirit of Akwa Ibom at 33 celebrations, the immediate past Commissioner for Environment and Petroleum Resources, Rt. Hon. Ekong Sampson has cautioned that ‘a weak economy mounts pressure on the survival of democracy’.

Sampson, a former Commissioner, and former lawmaker in the state made the remark last weekend at Watbridge Hotel, Uyo, where he joined members of Uyo Book Club in their September reading session to pay tributes to Akwa Ibom State at 33.

In his message to the people and government of Akwa Ibom state, Sampson paid tributes to the founding fathers of the State and others who have saddled various leadership positions for maintaining the unity of the people.
He also seized the occasion to call for selfless contributions to the development of the state irrespective of the political and cultural divide, with particular attention to diversification of the economy and strengthening of the private sector in order to spread the wealth and reduce dependency on government or crude oil.

According to him, “we can diversify the various flanks of the economy because a weak economy put pressure on democracy, but a buoyant economy puts a safety belt against rebellion, against tension that forms distraction, so we need to put in place a vibrant economy to serve as a safety belt for democracy. And the way to do it is to diversify”.

Applauding Governor Udom Emmanuel for his effort at improving the economy of the state he said “the government of Udom Emmanuel is working very hard to diversify. Ibom Air is one strong statement that we have taken bold steps to diversify. And through Ibom Air, Akwa Ibom has won the respect of not just Nigeria but the world. Ibom Air is a very bold step at diversification”.

“Agriculture is also key. In times like this, we must also explore the opportunities in agriculture and that will not be left for government alone, everybody must now become a farmer in this state if we must feed ourselves. Udom Emmanuel’s commitment to industrialize the state and strengthen the private sector is also well recognized because we need a vibrant private sector to help drive growth”. He added.

Earlier, the convener of Uyo Book Club and ace communicator, Dr. Udeme Nana in his opening remarks called for stock-taking on the journey to statehood and experiences so far in Akwa Ibom’s 33 years of existence.

Nana opened the floor by reading a poem he titled, ‘A song for Akwa Ibom’, narrating the history, odyssey of the Akwa Ibom people, and eulogizing the state and her past leaders for their effort at rapidly developing the state.
He read, “… at 33, Akwa Ibom,
Christened to celebrate the vastness of the Almighty
Stands safe and majestic
Rearing, roaring like a hungry lion.
Her potentials offer immense possibilities for land, air, and sea.
At 33,
Akwa Ibom is safe like an oasis of peace
Promising like youth full of vigour
Poised to fulfill his mission”, Nana road

The highpoint of the event was the presentation of a birthday cake to Ekong Sampson who recently marked his birthday.


…As Ekong Samson Harps on Selfless Approach to Akwa Ibom Unity Project

By Aniedi UKOENANG

My song is a story of liberated people,
Held captive for eons
In the gulag of spite, neglect and inertia
Frustrated and desecrated
Marooned and kiwied
But now unfettered unto an effulgent
Glory of freedom and manumission

A surfeit of such melodious poetic expressions as above flowed freely from the lips of members of Uyo book club at last Saturday’s reading session as the club dedicated her September gathering to the Akwa Ibom at 33 celebrations.

Declaring the event open for the day’s reading session, the founder of the club and ace communicator, Dr. Udeme Nana in his opening remarks called for stock-taking on the journey to statehood and experiences so far in her 33 years of existence.
Nana opened the floor by reading a poem he titled, ‘A song for Akwa Ibom’, narrating the history, odyssey of the Akwa Ibom people and eulogizing the state and her past leaders for their efforts at rapidly developing the state.

He read, “ … at 33, Akwa Ibom is not in the threshold of draughts nor wildfires.
Akwa Ibom is not in the earthquake belt and landslides are rare while floods recede as soon as rains subside.
At 33
AkwaIbom , It wasn’t named after any river but
Christened to celebrate the vastness of the Almighty God or in remembrance of their homestead of antiquity ?
That historical point of dispersal at Ibom
A celebration that we are now owners of a larger space
Stands safe and Majestic
Rearing , roaring like a hungry lion.
Her potentials offer immense possibilities on land , Air and sea.
At 33
Akwaibom is safe like
An Oasis of peace
Promising like youth full of vigour
Poised to fulfill his mission”.

Also speaking at the reading session, the immediate past commissioner for Environment and Petroleum Resources, Rt. Hon. Ekong Sampson called for what he described as “selfless commitment to the unity and development of Akwa Ibom State”.

Sampson who is a patron of the reading club and regular attendee recalled the journey to statehood, eulogizing the heroes that fought for the actualization of Akwa Ibom state, and praised Governor Udom Emmanuel for rebranding the state during his tenure.

Harping on diversification, he particularly applauded the government of Udom Emmanuel for its efforts in industrializing the state and refocusing the interest of the citizens to agriculture.

In his words “we can diversify the various flanks of the economy, because a weak economy put pressure on democracy, but a buoyant economy puts a safety belt against rebellion, tension that forms of distraction, so we need to put in place a vibrant economy to serve as a safety belt for democracy. And the way to do it is to diversify”.

He continued that “the government of Udom Emmanuel is working very hard to diversify. Ibom Air is one strong statement that we have to take bold steps to diversify. And through Ibom Air, Akwa Ibom has won the respect of not just Nigeria but the world. Ibom Air is a very bold step at diversification, agriculture is also key because in times like this we must feed ourselves”, he added.

Other readers presented their songs, poems and eulogies to the state, including a senior citizen and retired permanent secretary, Elder Namso Umoren who also joined the book club to salute the state and her citizens on the occasion of the 33rd anniversary celebration.

Highpoint of the session was the celebration and cutting of cake to celebrate Rt. Hon. Ekong Sampson who marked his birthday few days before the Akwa Ibom day celebration.

Pending the approval of the Nigeria Senate, the government of Rivers State have received 78 billion naira from the President Buhari led Federal Government.

The sum Is another tranche of refunds to five state Governments across the country for Federal Highway projects carried out by the various state governors.

According to the letter, the refund would be carried out in form of promissory notes payable to five states for the rehabilitation of federal highways. A breakdown shows that of the said amount, Rivers State will collect the highest amount of N78.9 billion; followed by Bayelsa State with N38.4 billion. Other beneficiaries include Cross River to get N18.3 billion; Ondo State has N7.8 billion and Osun State with N4.5billion. The letter was titled ‘Request for Resolution of the National Assembly for Approval of the Reimbursement of N148.14 billion through the Issuance of Promissory Notes to Bayelsa, Cross River, Ondo, Osun and Rivers State Governments for Federal Road Projects Executed by the States.’

According to the letter, “the Senate may wish to be informed that the Federal Executive Council, FEC, at its meeting of June 3, approved the reimbursement of N148.14 billion through the issuance of promissory notes to Bayelsa, Cross River, Ondo, Osun and Rivers States Government for the federal road projects executed by the states. “The approval by FEC was subsequent to the recommendation by an inter-ministerial committee which reviewed the request for reimbursement made by the state governments for the projects.

By Aniedi UKOENANG

In the build up to the celebration of the fourth year in office of Governor Udom Emmanuel in May 2019, I wrote an article that I titled ‘Udom the Jinx breaker’. Before making that write up public, I dug a lot of information across the state, and through such data I discovered GOV UDOM EMMANUEL has debuted many feats either in Akwa Ibom State, the Southern region or Nigeria.

THE First Akwa United trophy in 30years is under Udom, first since 1999 to build and operate an industry, first Governor in Nigeria to launch a state owned airline, many more outstanding feats of his made that list.

With due respect to the respective Excellencies that have led this state since creation, especially from 1999, they also left behind footprints in the sands of time.

Then came Udom Emmanuel in 2015 as the 3rd executive governor of the state since the 4th Republic in 1999. During his campaign he made promises that are politically rare In Nigeria. In this clime, especially at the state level, nobody campaigns with a promise to build industries. Governorship aspirants usually promise to build stomachs, do bridge across the mountain, PROVIDE pipe borne water, street lights and other things that are VERY elementary and comic.

Alas, Udom Emmanuel has fulfilled the industrialization promise and has gone a step further to redesign the economic outlook of Akwa Ibom State by employing high level business development skill sets to the benefit of the people.

This Governor is doing to the state’s economy what Obong Victor Attah did to her PHYSICAL landscape, and the evidence of both are so glaring and the impact, undeniable.

Expectedly, his traducers will continue to wail about the absence of free cash on the street, and zero tolerance to the promotion of destitution, begging and political jobbing in Akwa Ibom by this administration, but the murmurings won’t stop the salaries of thousands of youths, working at the COUNTLESS industries built or attracted by the current administration.

One should wonder, why is it that more commercial buildings, enterprises and even international franchises are springing up in Akwa Ibom State now, despite the gloomy economy globally, as against when we sang ‘Akwa Ibom ayaya’ and ‘Akwa Ibom ado ok’?

For example, in August 2020, a franchise of Cold Stone opened their branch in Uyo, and while the joy erupted amongst fun seekers and those who will tap direct or indirect economic benefits from that establishment, Chicken Republic also exposed their brand to the public, to create awareness even without completing the building. The next big news within the same month was that Ibom Tropicana Centre, the supposed one-stop world class entertainment centre that was however left uncompleted and reduced to a mere cinema, has found favour in the sight of some investors who are currently working day and night to launch a world class mall, Ibom Tropicana Mall , with its accompanying potpourri of outstanding brands by December 2020.

All these goodies wouldn’t just fall on Akwa Ibom people at this time by a stroke of luck; they are evidence Udom Emmanuel meant serious business when he pledged to industrialize the state. And for the traffic of investments to Akwa Ibom State to remain uninterrupted since 2017 that NBS ranked the state second highest in Foreign Direct Investment, it means someone is doing a very diligent and technical job in the background.

Again, just recently, while Ibom Air was receiving her fourth and fifth aircrafts, the news of the contract signed by BUA Group in France to build a refinery in Akwa Ibom filtered in, the Federal Government also approved an oil/gas free trade zone for the state, still around the same period work began at the proposed vehicle assembly plant in Itu Local Government Area, is this not becoming miraculous?

Indeed, there is no other interpretation to this than the fact that this Governor, having attained the highest level of knowledge in business development has deployed this knowledge to inject life into the economy of this state, possibly through proper marketing of opportunities embedded in our land to the right people and throwing the right baits at the investors with peace and security being the number one bait.

His shrewdness also reflects in the fact that under his administration, government investments worth billions of dollars that were gasping for breath in economic ventilators, especially those initiated by the immediate past administration have now been rescued and are now operating with ease.
A quick example is the Ibom Specialist Hospital that recently announced their successes in multiple cases of brain surgery, kidney transplant and other medical exploits. Akwa Ibom people and indeed Nigerians are very familiar with the story of the near abandonment and scrapping of that edifice which was a mere building until this administration painstakingly worked out an operational plan, in addition to meeting very tough conditions given by world class experts, experienced in managing such facility. That hospital is now a 24hour referral centre, carrying out the exploits it was designed for, courtesy of Udom Emmanuel’s wizardry.

Ibom Tropicana Centre, Ibom Hotels and Golf Resort also got rescued from comatose, while the supposed four Point by Sheraton Hotel in Ikot Ekpene is on the queue waiting to be rescued through his craft, otherwise it may keep standing up there in the sky as a carcass of useless twelve-storey skyscraper that it is, serving only the function of providing beautiful background for photographs in Ikot Ekpene.

Indeed, through Udom Emmanuel’s wizardry in business development and managing the economy, Akwa Ibom people have been made prosperous even in a season of drought, the state is now the toast of investors, jobs are created, his dakkada message has made the people entrepreneurial, while the economic architecture of the state have been redesigned, to the benefit of the people. As Akwa Ibom celebrates 33 years of statehood as an economic force in Nigeria I salute the helmsman for both his wizardry in business development and statecraft.

(Aniedi UKOENANG, a PR enthusiast writes from Uyo. 08065566247)

The late former Senate President Dr. Chuba Okadigbo had described Politics as “a series of concentric circles of conspiracy” and I totally agree with him. Humanity have always naturally been inclined to fighting for freedom from perceived oppressors and this is what has played out in the case of Edo State…

I have followed political events in several states long enough to know that Edo State was going to be back in PDP. Especially when Adams Oshiomhole turned the election into a personal vendetta… The truth is, the whole idea of a governor imposing or choosing a candidate that will succeed him in office, hoping to extend his rule through a “surrogate” and continuing to be “in control” outside office is fast fading away in Nigeria.

The power and authority of the office of Governor is quite intoxicating… Yes. And it drives many sitting Governors to wrongly assume that everyone is under their feet and will remain so even after office. I have watched political battles between former governors and incumbents and 90% of the time, the incumbents triumph over the former. Yet some Governors are still not learning.

I watched Ex Gov. Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia State, set up PPA in 2005/2006, and personally enthroned Chief Theodore Orji who was in prison in 2007 as Governor, only for him (Kalu) to meet his waterloo in the hands of Theodore Orji… Kalu fought Theodore Orji with everything and in everywhere he knew, but to no avail. Theodore Orji continually triumphed… So much so that, Kalu couldn’t get a senate seat in 2011 and 2015.

I watched George Akume fight Gabriel Suswam in Benue to a point that he (Akume) had to leave PDP for Suswam. In Anambra, Peter Obi fought Willie Obiano whom he personally enthroned unsuccessfully, instead Obiano won even better in his second term elections..

In my home state, the story of 2019 is still fresh in our memory. Ex Gov. Akpabio could not believe that despite his popularity, the people still choose to support Udom Emmanuel and PDP. He did everything humanly possible to assume that position of “God-father of Akwa Ibom Politics”, he lost woefully.

I can go on and on, it is only in Lagos, that I saw Governor Akinwumi Ambode chicken out like a baby… allowing the old, haggered Tinubu to feel like a super hero… The Seat of Governor is a public seat. No one owns it… No one can claim ownership of the seat. Ambode ought to have made history by fighting from outside the party with another ticket in his hand… That would have sent shivers down the spine of the Tinubu camp, and even if he lost, he would have lost a hero.

HE Gov. Obaseki has given hope to Nigerians. He has tamed a wild and ravaging God-father. Obaseki’s performance speaks for him. The people of Edo State have stood with him to demistify the Short Kaduna Tailor that has refused to respect his age. Obaseki’s victory has shown that democracy is indeed growing in Nigeria.

No one man should be allowed the power of “killing and making alive” in our polity, no matter how well he performed in office. When a governor leaves office, it is better to “leave” and “leave”… Remain in your honour. As a Governor, you don’t have to anoint and enthrone anyone. It’s not your job. Instead put your records straight, then allow a free and fair process so that a leader chosen by the people can emerge, so you can remain in your honour…

Edo 2020 is not just a victory of the PDP, but a victory for democracy, a victory over God-fatherism, A victory over the double-mouth of a Short Kaduna Tailor… Indeed, Power belongs to God, and God gives it to Whomever He Pleases

Congratulations Gov. Godwin N. Obaseki

Edidiong Eno Ekpo
Uyo