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‘Governor Akpabio did not supervise my beating’ – Onofiok Luke

Governor Akpabio

Governor Akpabio

Media reports alleging that Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State supervised the beating of Hon. Onofiok Luke, member representing Nsit Ubium State Constituency, who also doubles as the Chairman House Committee on Appropriation at the AKS House of Assembly, have been described as false by the man (Luke) alleged to have been beaten in the reports.

In a press release titled, That Lies May Fade and Truth Remain, Luke, a UNIUYO-trained-lawyer-turned-politician said the reports were not “factual and true” and stated in bold type that “Governor Akpabio did not supervise any of the acts done against (me).”

Maintaining that he has a “father – son relationship with Governor Akpabio which predates politics and governance,” he argued that there was no way as his father the Governor “would have ‘beamed with smile’ while his son was assaulted,” as reported in the media.

Though he did not state what incidence he had with others, he maintained that Governor Akpabio “was informed of the incident by the AKS PDP Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo” and he immediately intervened and “caused the persons involved to apologize to me.”

He further maintained that Akpabio on that occasion demonstrated an “uncommon leadership trait”, describing him as “our amiable Governor and performer, my father, friend and senior brother” and urged everyone against stoking the fire by giving “inaccurate accounts and trying to cause a disaffection between him and the Governor”.

But Luke regretted that Mr. Aniekan Umanah, the Commissioner of Information and Communication, in his media response, said that he (Luke) raised his voice against the Governor and said the comments were inappropriate and failed to represent what happened.

However, in a separate response, Umanah, however, said he did not know what “incident” happened before the Governor’s intervention as Luke pointed out, but maintained that Luke appeared excited and agitated and raised his voice vociferously in trying to state his position.

He said his choice of the phrase “raising his voice” was based on the observable fact and not a judgment of purpose or intent, maintaining that his main point of interest was in letting the press know the inaccuracies and falsity in their report. He said he was glad that Luke has finally decided to come out and tell the truth so “that lies may fade and truth remain.”

He said he did not know what transpired before the patriotic and statesmanlike intervention of Governor Akpabio, but thanked the Governor for promptly dousing the fire and earning the respect of all the contending parties by his awesome conflict management skills and statesmanship.

Weeks ago, there were stories here and there that Luke was assaulted and beaten up by the duo of Hon. Emmanuel Ekon, member of the House of Representatives and Hon. Nse Ntuen, chairman of Essien Udim LGA, at a social function allegedly for talking unruly to the governor. In the aftermath, different sides had been thrown up, ethnic questions popped up and it was quite scandalous, until Luke came up with the press release. But, we can boldly say that we are yet to hear of the end of the matter, not with politicians dying to make political capital out of the incident.

BARRISTER DAN ABIA NOW NDDC MD, AKPABIO THANKS GEJ

Akwa Ibom Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, Thursday, November 21 at the State Executive Council Meeting held at Government House, Uyo, on behalf of the government and the good people of the state applauded President Goodluck Jonathan for appointing sons and daughters of the state into various key positions at the national level.

And Barrister Bassey Dan Abia, the Commissioner of Housing and Urban Renewal was attending the meeting for the last time as a member. He was last week appointed the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by the President with his name forwarded to the National Assembly for confirmation. Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw from Cross River State was equally named the Chairman of the interventionist agency.

Also nominated to the NDDC board are Itotenaan Henry Ogiri (ED Finance and Admin) Rivers; Engr. Tuoyo Omatsulu (ED Projects) Delta; Ball Turofade Oyarede (Bayelsa); Chief Ephraim Sobere Etete (Rivers); Etim Inyang Jnr. (Akwa Ibom); Adah Paul Andeshi (Cross River); Sir Tom Amioku (Delta); Samuel Okezie Nwogu (Abia); Uchegbu Chidiebere Kyrian (Imo); Maj. Gen. Suleiman B. Said (North Central); Alh. Abdulmaik Mahmud (North East); Enikuomehin B.G. Olorungbonju (Ondo) and Mark Ward (Oil Producers Trade Section, OPTS).

Akpabio also commended the President for the elevation of Hon. Justice John Inyang Okoro, an indigene of Ikono LGA who last week was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court, as well as Mfon Akpan who was appointed the new Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), a replacement for the former occupant of the post, Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru who was removed a year ago on September 13, 2011.

Until his appointment, Dan-Abia, who hails from Esit Eket LGA, was the Commissioner for Transport, later Housing and Urban Renewal in Akwa Ibom. Before now, he had represented the state as a Commissioner in the NDDC.

Meanwhile, Mr. President has appointed Professor Osarhiemen Osunbor, former Governor of Edo State as Chairman of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission.

EDO LG BOSS SUSPENDED FOR JUNKETING ABROAD

These are very rough times for Chief Roland Ibierutowhen, Chairman of Orhionmwon LGA of Edo State. He has been suspended by the Edo State House of Assembly for allegedly using the council’s fund to junket his family and 12 councillors to Italy.

In a move that signalled the anti-corruption and no-nonsense attitude of Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s administration, the lawmakers also announced the suspension of the Chairman of Uhunmwode LGA, Mr. Roland Alari. He was alleged to have assaulted a councillor over some disagreement at the council secretariat.

The action of the legislators was prompted by letter of petition sent to the house by Orhionmwon Youth Congress (OYC) in which it accused Ibierutowhen of junketing all over Italy with his wife and daughter as well as with the 12 councillors at public expense. Before now, the youths had taken their anger to the Benin-Onitsha Highway, protesting what they described as the inappropriate trip.

The placards-carrying protesters with inscriptions like “Stop looting Orhionmwon Treasury,” “Develop Abudu with our money,” and “Probe Ibierutowhen now,” insisted that Ibierutowhen abandoned his duty post at Abudu and went frolicking abroad at public expense. But the youths are not seemingly satisfied with the suspension order; they have taken the matter to the Ibrahim Lamorde-led-anti-corruption agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). As the matter progresses, we shall keep you informed.

LAST WORD

This ensued between man and wife. “Wife: How much do you love me? Husband: I love you so much, I can’t measure. Wife: No just tell me….Husband: Okay, I am like a cell phone and you are my sim card, I am nothing without you…Wife: Wow! That’s interesting, you are so romantic…Husband (saying to himself): Thank God she doesn’t know, I’m a shingo phone, with four sim cards.

Have a swell week ahead.

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