The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has distanced himself from the alleged violence in the Akwa Ibom state senatorial rerun election in Essien Udim Local Government Area. The Minister in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Anietie Ekong, on Saturday, said the decision of the minister and that of his party, the All Progressives Congress, to withdraw from the election was sacrosanct.
The All Progressives Congress, APC says it has withdrawn from the ongoing senatorial rerun election being conducted in Essien Udim local government area of Akwa Ibom state. In a press conference on Friday evening at the party’s secretariat in Uyo, the state Chairman of the party, Mr Ini Okopido accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) of bias, stressing that the Commission under its current leadership would not guarantee free and fair election.
The Immediate past Governor of Imo state who is also a Senator for Imo West Senatorial district, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has appealed to , Hope Uzodinma-lead Government in the state to put the past behind them and concentrate in forming an inclusive government that the APC is now a big family in the state.
Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi is in the news again for his perceived anti-party activities. On Friday, Governor Umahi declared support for the reelection bid of the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, stressing that plots to unseat him will fail. Umahi, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, vowed that nothing will stop Obaseki’s re-election later in the year because he has done well and deserves to continue in office.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Revd Justin Portal Welby has reacted to the killing of Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State by Boko Haram insurgents. Dailypost recalls that the CAN chairman was abducted by Boko Haram when they attacked Michika on January 3.