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The Kemi Adeosun Treatment! See The Reason NDDC Boss, Joy Nunieh Was Fired

Papermacheonline has concluded an intensive investigations into the main reasons Dr Joy Nunieh was sacked as the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

Her sack came as a shock to many in the Federal Capital Territory and people wrongly believed that her sack was as a result of a face-off between her and the Honorable Minister of NDDC, Godswill Akpabio.

Investigation has eventually revealed that the woman failed to commence the mandatory one-year National Youth Service scheme.

The year long service is mandatory for all Nigerians who graduate from higher institutions at less than 30 years of age.

A source revealed to papermacheonline that Nunieh’s sack was actually called for by the Presidency, through a letter sent to the NDDC Ministry by the Chief of Staff to the President,  Abba Kyari, apparently due to an earlier petition against the person of Dr. Joy Nunieh by a civil society group, Transparency and Integrity Crusaders.

In a letter with reference number SH/COS/103/A/251, dated 4th February 2020 and tittled ‘A CASE OF NON POSSESSION OF VALID NYSC CERTIFICATE BY JOY NUNIEH, ACTING MD OF NDDC: AN URGENT CALL FOR REDRESS’, Kyari  requested for Akpabio’s review and appropriate action on a matter from the Anti-Corruption and Accountability Coalition Against Corruption.

According to the information at our disposal, Nunieh’s sack was actually called for by the Presidency, through a letter sent to Akpabio’s ministry by the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari, apparently due to an earlier petition against the person of Dr. Joy Nunieh.
In a letter with reference number SH/COS/103/A/251, dated 4th February 2020 and tittled ‘A CASE OF NON POSSESSION OF VALID NYSC CERTIFICATE BY JOY NUNIEH, ACTING MD OF NDDC: AN URGENT CALL FOR REDRESS’, Kyari  requested for Akpabio’s review and appropriate action on a matter from the Anti-Corruption and Accountability Coalition Against Corruption.

It was a similar development with the former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun who was forced to resign after it was discovered that she did not go for the mandatory youth service.

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his commitment to fight corruption and indiscipline at all levels, in his government and the private sectors.

Akpabio’s Lawyer Alleges High Conspiracy In Favour of Ekpenyong As Tribunal Adjourns

Legal fireworks came to an end Thursday, at the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, where Minister designate, Godswill Akpabio is challenging the declaration of Chris Ekpenyong as winner of the Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial District
However, more dramas played out as Akpabio’s counsel, Sunday Ameh (SAN), shocked the tribunal during adoption of his written address that result of the February 23, 2019, senatorial election in Ikot Ekpene was prepared even before the election day.
Ameh told the tribunal that the Independent National Electoral Commission’s  Resident Electoral Commissioner  (REC) in the state, Mike Igini, falsified Akpabio’s result in favour of the People Democratic Party’s candidate, Ekpenyong.
Based on the anomalies observed, Ameh urged the tribunal to declare  Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the senatorial election.
He submitted that Akpabio is the validly elected senator for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District having scored majority of the lawful votes cast in the election.
Ameh also submitted that Ekpenyong , who was declared winner of the election, was not elected by lawful votes cast as evidence showed that Akpabio had the highest votes scored.

‘There Were No Accreditation’ Udom’s Witnesses Confirmed (legal team calls for abrupt adjournment)

Just a day after opening its defence, Udom Emmanuel’s legal team abruptly requested for the adjournment of the case at the Governorship Election Tribunal after all their four witnesses confirmed that there were no accreditation of voters in the March 9 election.

It was one of the most embarrassing moments for the legal team that includes Assam Assam (SAN) and Uko Udom (SAN) since the trial began.

The first witness for the day called by the Udom team, Mr. Christopher Ukpong, a pooling agent for Oruk Anam unit 9, Ward 10 told the Tribunal that he voted during the election. But when the Petitioner’s lead counsel, Prof Ernest Ojukwu, SAN, confronted him with the documentary evidence that he was not accredited, the witness mumbled unintelligible sounds: ‘My lord, it was INEC’s responsibility to do accreditation. I don’t know what happened’.

Other witnesses were equally flummoxed when it was obvious from the Voters Register that there was no accreditation. They are Mr. Mbet Essien, of Nsit Ibom Ward 007, unit one; Uduak Essien, Ukanafun collation agent (Ward 7, unit 004) and Attah Akrang, ward collation agent for Edem eya ward 3 of Ikot Abasi LGA.
By INEC’s guidelines, the box in front of a voter’s name in the Voters Register must be ticked by the Electoral Officer to signify accreditation.

From the Register, the four witnesses called today and Emmanuel Enoidem who testified yesterday as the State Collation Agent for the PDP were not accredited. Enoidem who entered the witness box yesterday with a bit of raised shoulders left with his tail between his legs when confronted with evidence that there were no accreditation in his unit.

By 12 noon today, in a bid to save themselves from further embarrassment, Udom’s legal team requested Justice A. Yakubu, Chairman of the Tribunal: ‘My lord, we can’t go further today. We request for adjournment till tomorrow’.

The testimony of Mr. Akrang who was the PDP agent at Nsima Ekere’s ward put a final nail into Udom Emmanuel’s electoral coffin. It was clear that the earlier boasts of the PDP that Ekere was defeated in his own LGA was based on a spurious election.

‘From the documentary evidence we have, only about 200,000 voters were accredited in the governorship election of the over 900,000 total votes declared by INEC’, says a source in Nsima Ekere’s legal team, who also noted that the petitioners were ready to further embarrass Udom’s witnesses ‘when we reconvene tomorrow’.
Another lawyer in the petitioners’ legal team said: ‘Our strategy is to prove convincingly that the governorship election was not conducted according to laid down procedures’.

By ETIM ETIM

Ekpenyong’s Witnesses Dr Nwabu, Others Caught in Web of Lies At Akwa In North West Tribunal

One Dr. Gabriel Nwabu, Director General of the Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizen Awareness, who testified for Chris Ekpenyong in the ongoing National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo, Akwa State, was Tuesday caught in the web of his lies.

He had told the tribunal that there was no accreditation or election in the five polling units he visited during the presidential and national assembly elections on February 23, 2019.

He said intimidation, threat and outright assault were meted out to him and his team by party thugs at collation centre for Essien Udim Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom North West. And had written a report to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to that effect.

He claimed that no election took place in the polling units in the local government he visited but cluster of people who were discussing in groups.

He was led in evidence by Uche Njoku, the first respondent’s (Ekpenyong) counsel.

Senator Godswill Akpabio, the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, is challenging the declaration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ekpenyong as winner of the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District election.

However, when cross examined by S. Ameh, counsel to Akpabio, Nwabu changed gear when asked to point out where he mentioned in his report of the units he visited.

He said he made a general statement of about 11 units as against earlier 4 to 5 he mentioned.

When asked to mention some of the units, he said he can’t remember.

Questioned on why he would write a report dated March 15 but received by INEC on April 16, he has no explanation to that.

Again, in his letter of accreditation as election observer, which was admitted in evidence, he was supposed to turn in report before April 5, but was submitted on April 16. He said he was not to blame, rather the postponement of the election.

When shown newspaper advertisement by Akwa Ibom state government which thanked the people of the state for a free and fair election, and INEC report which also declared the election in the state as one of the best ever conducted, he said he was not the maker of the documents.

When asked if he would be surprised to watch himself in a video recording performing his work as an observer on election day in those polling units he said there was no election. He replied , ‘No, he won’t be surpised’ but has to be subjected to forensic analysis.

When asked if the card reader was a means of accreditation, he said it was a means to only authenticate ownership of the permanent voter card (PVC) and not accreditation.

The last witnesses for the first respondent, Bassey Ufot, said he is with Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) but served as Supervising Presiding Office for Ikpe Anang Ward collation centre.

He claimed that election materials, both sensitive and non sensitive, were carted away and he was kidnapped by hoodlums.

When told to identify the report he wrote by the respondent’s counsel, he retorted “I wrote two reports but I’m seeing three here”

In a damage control, INEC counsel, Ifeoluwa Ojediran asked why the two reports. He said when he was freed from the grips of the hoodlums, he was taken to INEC office where he wrote the first but later in the night he was made to write another when they could not lay hand on the first but unable to explain why the two were in court as exhibits.

When shown election materials used for voting that day and asked if they were original, he said he would not know.

The first respondent formally closed his case after 14 witnesses.

The tribunal adjourned till Saturday, July 20, for the second respondent, the PDP to open its case.

Purported Raid On Senator Akpabio’s Business Premises: A Mischief Taken Too Far

The attention of His Excellency, Senator Godwill Akpabio has been drawn to a sensational report circulating in the social media about a purported raid by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) of a business premises owned by Senator Akpabio over alleged diversion of generators and hospital equipment. The report is totally unfounded as Senator Senator Akpabio does not own any business premises.

The facts of the matter is that some operatives of the ICPC led by one Mr Tiku and the Border Community Development Agency led by Engr. Susan have been in communication with the contractor handling the contract for the supply of hospital equipment to Cottage Hospital, Ukana, Essien Udim Local Government Area, a project initiated by Senator Godswill Akpabio.

On July 9, 2019 the said officials of the ICPC and Border Community Development Agency informed an aide of Senator Akpabio that they were tracking constituency projects and would be glad to be shown the projects which Senator Akpabio has executed, a request that was received with great enthusiasm by the aide of Senator Akpabio.

Among the projects visited by the team included a fully built and completed Skills Acquisition Centre in Ikot Ekpene and the Recreation Centre at the Federal Polytechnic, Ukana. They were also shown the medical equipment and generators which were kept in a warehouse which shares the same fence with the hospital.

The officials were very impressed with the execution of the projects and praised Senator Akpabio for the faithful execution of the projects even when the full contract sums were yet to be paid. They promised to make recommendations to appropriate agency for the payment of the outstanding contract sums.

The said ICPC and Border Community Development Agency officials also visited the Cottage Hospital, Ukana where the Medical Superintendent, Dr Mary Paulinus Udoh acknowledged receipt of the medical equipment. The Medical Superintendent before the officials praised Senator Akpabio for his interventions in the hospital including the donation of a dialysis machine and all the parties agreed that the generators should be formally handed over to the hospital on July 10, 2019 by 10 am.

Senator Godswill Akpabio can hardly be faulted in the execution of constituency projects. He has initiated and completed 88 constituency projects cutting across Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District and even extending the projects to the other two Senatorial Districts in Akwa Ibom State with projects in Udung Uko and Ibiono in Eket and Uyo Senatorial Districts respectively. This is unprecedented. Even though most of the projects have not been fully paid for, most of them have been completed and put to use by benefiting communities.

The officials of the Border Community Development Agency created the impression that after the verification and tracking of the projects, they would make recommendations to appropriate agencies for the payment of outstanding balance of the contract sums to the contractors.

It therefore smacks of mischief taken too far that while the contractor as agreed by the Hospital Management was making arrangements for forklift to carry the heavy duty generators and formally hand them over to the Hospital Management, some political jobbers went to town about a purported raid and diversion of the same equipment duly acknowledged by the Management of the hospital.

We therefore urge the general public to discountenance this malicious report as fictitious, baseless and unfounded. Senator Godswill Akpabio remains committed to the welfare of the good people of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District whom he had given effective representation as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Anietie Ekong

Special Assistant on Media to

Senator Godswill Akpabio

July 10, 2019.

Against Igini’s Claims, Akpabio Produces Evidence Of Voting

Mike Igini-led INEC in Akwa Ibom State in its display of voters register at the Tribunal today claimed that Senator Godswill Akpabio never voted in the last National Assembly elections, because the column of his name was not ticked as sign of accreditation.

Tackling the claims, the former Akwa Ibom Governor opened a gate of evidence, pictures and videos of him and his wife, Unoma voting during the presidential and National Assembly elections.

Here are the pictures…

Akpabio’s Wife, Unoma Celebrates Low Key Birthday

Mrs Ekaette Unoma Akpabio, former First Lady of Akwa Ibom State and wife of former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, is a year older.
Eka Esit Mbom, as she is fondly called is a loving and lovable creature of God.
June 9 of every year has always been special for Mrs Akpabio and her lovely family and this year’s is not an exception.
The only difference, however, is that rather than throw a lavish party, Mrs Akpabio has decided to have a low key celebration with her family and friends at their Abuja home.
To Mrs Akpabio, celebrating one’s birthday is essential, but helping others, especially the less privileged, is more important.
She believes wealth is given by God to whom He pleases, and whatever is given to you by God is not for your benefit alone, but for others.
That is the way she has structured her life over the years. Service to humanity and giving hope to the hopeless.
Many women do noble things, but she surpass them all.Her pet project, Family Life Enhancement Program (FLEP) has been a channel of joy for the less privileged and the down-trodden.
Students, widows, the homeless, traders, the sick among others, have benefited immensely from her various humanitarian endeavours .
Interestingly, Mrs Akpabio detests any form of noise about herself or her philanthropic gestures; she doesn’t blow her trumpet despite all she has achieved in that aspect.
She is so passionate about helping others.
As an American author, Buckminster Fuller has rightly put, “There is no joy equal to that of being able to work for all humanity and doing what you’re doing well”.
That is what has been guiding Mrs Akpabio in providing services to humanity.
Apart from being deeply engrossed in her humanitarian activities, she is a loving wife to her husband and a wonderful mother not only to her biological children, but to many out there.
She has been a pillar of support to her husband in his political journey
No wonder Mrs Akpabio is well loved and respected among her people, family and the society at large.
Here is wishing Eka Esit Mbom, a happy birthday today and always.