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A/Ibom Assembly’s Cooperation With Akpabio Not Sign Of Weakness – Speaker

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Godswill Akpabio-Sam IkonThe Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Sam Ikon, has said the legislature is not a rubber stamp for the state executive and described it as an arm of government striving to protect the interest of the people.

The speaker cautioned against misconstruing the cordial relationship that exists between the assembly and executive in the state to mean that state lawmakers were too afraid to discharge their oversight functions.

Ikon spoke in Uyo, the state capital on Monday, to herald the new legislative year.

He said, “The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly is not cowed by anybody or the executive. We are here to do our work, to protect the interest of Akwa Ibom people.

“In discharging our oversight functions, it does not mean we must be antagonistic with the executive once power struggling does not exist.

“Our cooperation with the executive in developing the state is not a weakness on our part. We have seen great transformation across the state and nobody can fault the executive in this direction. It is our duty to support the executive in the interest of the state”.

Ikon said to a large extent, the Fifth Assembly of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly had recorded some giant strides in critical areas that are within its purview, saying that they are there for everyone to see.

He stated that the House of Assembly had passed a number of bills into law, six of which were assented to by Governor Godswill Akpabio.

Ikon listed some of the bills that had been passed by the House to include Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (Amendment) Law, the 2013 Appropriation Law, the Akwa Ibom State Scholarships Board Bill, passed March 26, 2013, and two private member bills -Widowhood (prohibition of obnoxious practices) Bill, 2012, passed February 28, 2013; and Akwa Ibom State of Health Technology Bill, passed May 23, 2013.

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

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“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

Also Read: BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians - Nyesom Wike

Governor Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

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Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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