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See what Godswill Akpabio told Gov.udom emmanuel about the tribunal


 













Former governor of Akwa Ibom State and Senator representing Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, Godswill Akpabio, has advised his successor, Udom Emmanuel, and some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to prepare for
another governorship election in the state.
The former governor was said to have told the Peoples Democratic Party faithful that proceedings at the Akwa Ibom Governorship Election Tribunal was not in favour of the party.
A Government House source told Daily Independent in Uyo, on Tuesday, that Akpabio had informed the PDP elders that the party’s defeat on March 28 presidential election had adversely affected PDP’s fortunes at the national and state levels.
Akpabio, according to him, called the meeting to advise the elders of the party to begin sensitising and mobilising other party faithful and Nigerians should the tribunal decide to cancel the election.
Akpabio was said to have stated this during an emergency meeting of PDP elders in Uyo on Saturday.
Besides the governor, other PDP leaders who attended the meeting included the state party chairman, Mr. Paul Ekpo; Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr. Aniekan Uko; Senator Effiong Bob, and a former military governor of Akwa Ibom State, Idongesit Nkanga.
However, a PDP leader from Eket who was at the meeting said, in confidence, that the mood at the meeting was sober, except on few instances where Akpabio had to crack jokes which brought out laughter from the people.
He said: “Akpabio presided over the meeting, but was constantly making reference to Emmanuel as the governor and asking the party to support the new administration to succeed.
“He also advised Emmanuel to carry the party along in his government so that the party could remain as a united family.”
It was learnt that Akpabio’s election as a senator is also being challenged at the tribunal by the All Progressives Congress candidate, Mr. Inibehe Okori.
All attempts to extract comments on the development from Ekpo and Nkanga, proved abortive as they neither attended to calls nor responded to text messages sent to them.
National Identity Card Will Complement PVC – Buhari
By Chesa Chesa, Abuja?
?President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, at the State House, Abuja, enrolled for the national identity card scheme, and enjoined other Nigerians to do same as the scheme is planned to complete the permanent voter card (PVC) registration.
Officials of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), led by the Director-General, Chris Onyemenam, enrolled the president for the scheme.?
After the exercise, Buhari told Nigerians that it was important for Nigerians across political lines to register for the scheme.
His words: ?”I think this exercise is very important to confirm our population and those who are entitled to vote, that is those who are 18 years and above. It will complement the exercise of the permanent voter card.
“So, for those who want their votes to count from whichever party or constituency, they should ensure that they and their families are properly captured.”?
?In his remarks, ?Onyemenam disclosed that the enrolment exercise which no time lime, has already registered about seven million ?Nigerians.
He said the NIMC database is to adapt and incorporate the data already captured by commercial banks’ Bank Verification Number (BVN) while efforts are on to open more registration centres? in collaboration with the other government agencies, universities and the National Population Commission.