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APC State Congress produces three factions in Akwa Ibom

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The battle of supremacy as to who controls the All Progressives Congress, APC in Akwa Ibom State continues after the October 16, 2021 State Congress produced three factions.

Just like in Cross River State where it was reported that two factional Chairmen emerged, three has emerged in Akwa Ibom State also.

READ ALSO: APC: Two State Party Chairmen emerge in Cross River

1. Sen. Godswill Akpabio’s Faction
Stephen Ntukekpo – State Chairman
Iniobong John – Publicity Secretary

2. Sen. Ita Enang’s Faction
Perry Ntuk – State Chairman
Uduakabasi Ikpatt – Publicity Secretary

3. Udoedehe’s Faction
Austin Ekanem – State Chairman
Solomon Johnny – Publicity Secretary

Now, which of these factions will be recognised by the party at the national level?

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Niger Delta youths slam Bayelsa gov for comparing Nembe oil spill to Hiroshima

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The Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC) has slammed the Bayelsa State Government for saying that the spill at Nembe, an area of the state, could be comparable to the destruction of Hiroshima, describing the comment as mischievous.

The group called on the state governor, Duoye Diri, to resign his position over the comment on the spill.

The youths described as unacceptable, the position of the Governor that the Nembe spill was worse than the Gulf of Mexico spill.

Specifically, the National Coordinator, NDYC, Bassey Henshaw, stated this while addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday.

Henshaw said, “What is playing out appears to be a poorly choreographed but quite viciously motivated intrigue at work aimed at ignoring the ongoing efforts to contain the leak and mitigate the impact on communities around the location of the well but more significantly, to undermine and damage the presidency.

“There are some shuddering examples of this wicked intrigue. First was the unnecessary and malicious exaggeration of the spill by a mindless comparison with the effects of the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb catastrophe.

“Comparing the Nembe oil spill to Hiroshima is taking mischief to a dangerous level. Doing so only confirms the stark ignorance demonstrated by the comparison.”

Read also: Jonathan cautions Niger Delta youths, says diverting youthful energy towards violence not desirable

The group noted that the Presidency and relevant agencies, on their part, had responded promptly by providing guidance and support towards the efforts being deployed in containing the oil spill as well as providing stability.

The NDYC also alleged that it appeared that the conspiracy on the issue was an attempt to sabotage and rubbish the image and efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

“All his (Buhari’s) efforts at reorganising and reforming the crucial sector are being serially undermined by some forces whose motives are diabolical. It seems evident that those forces want to capitalise on this spill by exaggerating its impact beyond the scope of what is on the ground.

“Ultimately, they want to use it to undermine the federal administration and allege both lacks of capacity and incompetence by the Buhari government in a major area of the country’s economy. Based on the foregoing we demand that Governor Douye Diri resigns immediately from the office of Governor of Bayelsa State,” he added.

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Violence in Imo caused by escaped Owerri prison inmates, Gov Uzodimma tells Buhari

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The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, has attributed the escalating violence in the state to inmates who escaped from the Owerri Correctional Center on April 5, saying the escapees have been on rampage, further compounding the security challenges the state was facing.

Uzodimma, who made the allegation on Tuesday when he met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, begged the federal government to provide more funds for him to tackle the security challenges.

Briefing State House correspondents after meeting with the President, the governor said his mission was to ask the “president for financial support to tackle insecurity in Imo and the South-East in general.

“I gave Mr. President my message and Mr. President also, in his usual manner, addressed the issues to my satisfaction,” he said.

Read also: Crisis in Imo as suspended council chairmen clash with security agents

“Prominent among the issues is the increasing insecurity in the South-East. I know that despite the activities of the bandits and unknown gunmen, recall that the correctional facility in Owerri was broken and over 1,836 inmates were released.

“Since that time, they’ve been on rampage, committing all sorts of crimes; kidnapping, robbery and other sorts of crimes in the state and there is need for us to really clean up the state because of this period of Christmas.

“It is so important to our people and we want to ensure that those coming home to spend their Christmas will have a conducive atmosphere to enjoy their Christmas and then celebrate the season.

“Yes, we asked for support with additional manpower and also, I asked for some kind of funding to support the security situation in Imo State and Mr. President graciously approved.”

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Buhari doesn’t understand Igbos; they want appointments, not development: Ngige

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Igbos in the South-East prefer political appointments to infrastructural development in their region, but President Muhammadu Buhari does not understand that, says Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige.

“My people love appointments. That’s where this president (Mr Buhari) didn’t get them well,” Mr Ngige said. He (Mr Buhari) felt that by giving infrastructure: if I empower you through your fertilizer plant in Ebonyi state, give loans, credits and grants to farmers in Abakaliki, Ebonyi, Imo, that our people will be happy. But these people love appointments.”

Mr Ngige disclosed this in an interview with Channels TV on Tuesday.

He asserted that though former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan gave more Igbos political appointments during their tenures, the South-East remained underdeveloped.

“We had plenty of appointments during Obasanjo and Jonathan. For example, the Enugu airport has been dilapidated over the years. We have had four aviation ministers: Kema Chikwe, Fidelia Nnjeze, Osita Chidoka, and Stella Oduah. How come your airport is dilapidated?” Mr Ngige reasoned.

He added, “But Hadi Sirika from Katsina discussed with president and some of us in council, and the president brought N10 billion special fund and renovated our airport. But I don’t know; my people love appointments. As far as I am concerned, I don’t have to behave like any other person. I say it to them: for me, appointment is ephemeral. It is immaterial. It is a four-term.”

Agitation for the secession of the South-East by IPOB has heightened since Mr Buhari assumed office in 2015, leading to violent attacks on the federal government facilities in the region and the killing of security officers.

The rearrest and detention of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu has worsened the situation, making Mr Buhari more unpopular in the region.

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