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I’m Not Bothered By Bad Press, Says Governor Akpabio On Recent Controversial Donations



aug211028Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State has defended his controversial donations to individuals and organisations, saying that it was done within the confines of the law as captured by the yearly state budget passed by State House of Assembly.

Mr. Akpabio, who was fielding questions on Friday from Government House correspondents at Governor’s Lodge, Uyo, decried what he termed “bad press” by a section of the media, saying, “I have noticed a lot of attacks in the media particularly the social media and some of the newspapers have started writing editorials on the Governor of Akwa Ibom and trying to create impression that because he made a donation of a Jeep to one of his daughters- Mrs. Anne Macauley-2face [sic] that got married recently, that means he is a spendthrift. Of course, that kind of allegation is far from the truth.”

He explained, “Anything connected with the Governor’s donation is captured within the law of the State. The budget is the law and there have been provisions that allow for grants for donations and for hospitality as enshrined within the budget. If I make donation out of that subhead, it’s covered within the law. It means I am acting within the ambit of the law. I have not gone outside the law.”

Mr. Akpabio who also revealed he had sponsored Akwa Ibom indigenes to India for treatment of different ailments, said, “I have sponsored over 200 Akwa Ibom children to India- some for holes in their hearts; some having congenital kidney problem. Many of them, I don’t know. In fact, I can say that 99 per cent of them I don’t know.

“I applaud Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly for even supporting my charity donation when the bomb blast in Madala occurred and hundreds of persons were killed and many were hospitalized without money for hospital bills. On behalf of the good people of Akwa Ibom State, we showed sympathy by making a donation of N50m to cater for those families. It is within the ambit of the law,” he stressed.

The Governor attributed the ‘attack’ on his person to the handiwork of politicians who are afraid of his recent emergence as the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, noting, “The reality is that having become the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, people are frightened. Looking at it from the political angle, everything I do now is being politicized. Akwa Ibom people need to be aware of this.

“They may also need to know that there is an organized attack and arrangement to blackmail their Governor. Put it this way, the attack is on PDP. The intention there is that he is a messenger of PDP and every message he says must be the message of the PDP Governors. So what do you do, you attack the messenger in order to kill the message.

“I want my people to disregard those things. They are all politically motivated. They will not distract me from what I am doing. I would rather want people to do editorials, go to the social media, discuss the flyovers I am building. Discuss the brand new prison, discuss the roads that I am opening, discuss the international terminal building, discuss the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility we are building, discuss the brand new general hospitals, discuss even those projects we have completed.

“Those are the things I will like you to discuss. Let discuss more about development and challenge Akwa Ibom State about development because this is one state that is showing direction to Nigeria. A State that has done over 35 bridges under five years. Not to discuss about donation of N3 million and then to start attacking the Governor when it is covered by budget,” he said.

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  1. dominic

    March 24, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Bravo my man carry on & do more,God bless you.

  2. Mojisola

    March 24, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Despite his charitable deeds, it is still no excuse to donate that much to an already AFFLUENT family. They don’t need the donation.
    You need to know you are not doing us a favour, this is the PEOPLE’s MONEY, not yours…these monies are not meant for PERSONAL donations or gratifications. They are meant for people who TRULY NEED THEM.
    Its public fund. You need to stop thinking you are doing us a favour by spending what belongs to the public the way you like.

  3. Lilian

    March 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

    That’s a real leader

  4. philip anyating

    March 24, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Given is actually out of ones benevolent.It pains me so deeply down to my marrow when seeing a glaring development and performance of a good governance,instead of thanking him for a good development of Akwa Ibom state,rather talking of ¥3m.I am surprise.I am appealling to factions politicians to allow the governor concentrate and have better dreams for Akwa Ibom State development.They should all join,be creative by bring progressive ideals to uplift the Akwa Ibom State.When you wish your brother well God will surely bless you.

  5. emperor(etido)

    March 24, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I think mojisola is right no dout is good to give but not to people who dont need help bt to the needy.thanks but take note.

  6. chu

    March 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    What of the 1m cash gift to PDP state chairmen for ‘Mr Biggs’? I sure he gives for good causes but these recent ones α̲̅Я̩̥̊ë political. In showbiz bad press is still publicity, he wants to be in d limelight for a reason, we α̲̅Я̩̥̊ë watching to c how it’ll unfold, maybe at next elections.

  7. anita

    March 24, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    @philip, u and dat ur governor are fools. Shame on u pp

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BREAKING: Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Wike Father’s Church



BREAKING: Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Wike Father’s Church

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An explosion has reportedly rocked a church belonging to the father of Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The Rivers State Police Command has however announced the arrest of three suspects who allegedly detonated explosives at a Pentecostal church, Christain Universal Church International, located at Mile 3, Diobu area of Port Harcourt.

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The act was reportedly carried out on Saturday night and detonated the explosives suspected to be dynamite.

According to reports, a significant part of the church was damaged by the explosion, which created panic in the area.

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Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff



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Kidnappers on Friday abducted the wife of Olugbenga Ale, Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

According to reports, she was kidnapped around Owena after the Joseph Ayo Babalola University while on her way back to Ondo from Lagos State.

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The police spokesman in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Friday.

This development is coming about twenty-four hours after a first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, was murdered by suspected kidnappers.


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TECNO Stormed Computer Village with BBNaija’s OZO to Wrap up its Black Friday Sales Activities



The month of November is always known for its intense sales activities because the best deals of the year come
during the Black Friday Period. For TECNO, Africa Number One mobile brand, it was the time to reward its
customers with massive discounts and various gift items while also unveiling some of its new devices.

The brand in collaboration with SLOT stormed computer village as part of the events to wrap up its black Friday
sale activities, hosted BBNaija’s Ozoemena Chukwu to a hangout at SLOT Ikeja.

Fans and customers had a fun time interacting with the handsome celebrity while enjoying discount offers on
TECNO devices. Different deals and gift items were up for grabs as customers who made purchases at the store
enjoyed 50% discounts on Spark 5, Camon 16 Series and 100% cashback on the Spark 5 Pro.

The major highlight of the event was the presentation prizes to lucky winners. Customers who participated in
the spin the wheel game won gifts items such as Bluetooth Speaker; Power Bank and kettle while those who
participated in the Scratch and Win Promo won for themselves different deals ranging from 50% to 100%

TECNO also introduced two latest devices-the Spark GO 2020-powered by Google Android 10 Go Edition and a
TECNO POVA. POVA means ‘Powering Optimal Value and Ambitions’ is a rebrand of the popular battery series
formerly known as Pouvoir was inspired by the zeal to deliver budget-friendly smartphones with superior
gaming experience.

The first of its kind 6.8-inch TECNO POVA, is powered by Mediatek Helio G80 octa-core processor and hyper-
engine game technology that transforms gameplay experience giving ultimate stability and a high refresh rate.
Additionally, users will benefit from the “Game Space,” “Game Mode,” and “Game Assistant 2.0” features,
allowing them to switch to the “do not disturb” function, a much-anticipated experience all gamers will
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The TECNO POVA is also equipped with a power-packed multitasking effect ramped up by 6GB RAM and 128GB
of internal memory. The device also has a 6000mAh super big battery, 18W Dual IC Flash charger, a standby
time of 30 days and the ability to play music for 8 days straight, on just a single charge. It’s the perfect
smartphone offering a way to worry less about low battery.

The new devices are available for purchase this November and for the rest of November, customers will enjoy
amazing discounts, instant and mega prizes on TECNO devices.

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