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Road to Government House: Voices from the streets

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Akwa Ibom people should get ready for performance – Sam Ewang, APC chieftain

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As the die is cast in Akwa Ibom State between the incumbent governor, Udom Emmanuel of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate who happens to be the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Nsima Ekere, Daily Sun in this opinion poll speaks with Akwa Ibomites on the pattern of their votes in the election.

Excerpts:

I’m for Udom

David Joseph Michael, a businessman in the hospitality industry from Eket Local Government.

Well, looking at the antecedents of some of these politicians and the promises they have made, they have not been fulfilled. Even the APC that is making promises that if elected, they will do this and that is not different from the present government. I will say that the present government is trying its best, although, their best is not good enough. But I want to give them another chance because I believe that they are sincere, but time factor will not allow them. They need another tenure to be able to complete the projects they have embarked on. You can see they are building industries. Although, it cannot be compared with Lagos, but you can see that we have syringe, pencil and toothpick industries here. I know these are relatively small compared to what we have in Lagos, but we have to start somewhere. In the past, we never gave ourselves these opportunities of growing something. The present government is trying, I will grade it 45%, even at this, they have done well compared to others. So, my vote is going for PDP.

I want Nsima Ekere to be my governor

Endurance Edet, a patent medicine dealer from Ibesikpo/Asutan Local Government.

Actually, I didn’t want to vote for anybody, but I think I must vote and that is because, I don’t want the wrong person in that government house. I am voting for APC, because I prefer Nsima Ekere to be my governor come 2019. I think he is the best man for the job because I think he will take this state to another level, higher than this.

I will vote for Udom because of zoning

Savior Ndaeyo Edet from Essien Udim

Local Government, a public servant.

In my own view, we shouldn’t be talking about party but individuals. I will be voting according to my conscience. I pray that God directs me because I don’t want to vote because of money, to sell my right and at the end, I will be the one suffering. However, I will vote for Udom because if he is allowed to complete the second term, he will complete the structures he has embarked on so far. If another government takes over, that government is likely to abandon those projects. He is really trying and I will give him 60%. Again, I will vote for him because of zoning. After him, power would be returned back to Onna.

APC at the federal level will make me vote for Udom

Iniobong Akpan, a newspaper vendor from Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government.

My vote is definitely going to PDP and that is because I don’t like the APC administration at the federal level. Since APC came into power, the prices of everything have almost tripled. It is not like the PDP in the state has done anything. In fact, Udom’s performance in Akwa Ibom is zero, but it is still better than the APC administration at the federal level. In Akwa Ibom, we don’t have roads, no light and nothing is working.

I will go for Ekere

Timothy Usoro from Ini Local Government.

Udom has done nothing in Uyo, the projects you here on radio and read on newspapers are imaginary. He is talking about pencil industry, what are we going to use pencil for? How many people are working in that company? Is that the factory that he promised that he will give us? I have not seen anything that he has done. Or is it the syringe factory? Does he want us to be sick all the time so that he will give us injection? All the roads in Uyo today were done by the former governor, Godswill Akpabio. As I have not seen anything that Udom’s government has done, I can give him 20%. I don’t hate him in person, in fact I like him because he is a Christian. The only area he has a pass mark is in security. He has improved security in the state.

I am voting for APC. It is not because the APC candidate is perfect but because we need a change in Akwa Ibom. Nsima Ikere is trying in NDDC and he will bring that to Akwa Ibom. I can say that he knows the problems of Akwa Ibom because he has been a deputy governor in Akwa Ibom before but the present governor just came from nowhere, he knows nothing about Akwa Ibom state.

Ekere is the man for the job

Blessing Douglas Nango, a motorist from Eastern Obolo Local Government

Nsima Ekere is the man, don’t talk about any other thing and that is because you can see active human being in every sector of his life, privately and publicly. Same cannot be said about Udom. Look at the type of person you called a governor? There is nothing he has done to qualify him for a second tenure. You, what have you seen? There is hunger in Akwa Ibom, a state that receives nothing less than N15b. My dear, I am speaking with you in anger. Go round the state and what you see on ground speaks for itself. We are not talking about propaganda; I don’t believe in propaganda. I am telling you the realities on ground. The governor is a complete vacuum, we created a vacuum by bringing him in because where Akpabio stopped is where Nsima is going to start from. The governor has created a vacuum. The vacuum of four years is a wasted one. Do we talk about the toothpick industry? Where is the toothpick? A toothpick that you cannot purchase in Akwa Ibom? What is the employment opportunity the toothpick industry is generating? That is zero. Everything about Governor Udom is a scam. We don’t want to see him in the government house come 2019. In fact, he should go today.

I am undecided, but Udom has done well in security

Sony Ebong, the immediate past Chairman of Nollywood in Akwa Ibom from Ibiono Ibom Local Government.

I am not a party person but as an electorate, I have a stake in the political process on how leaders are elected. I have been in this state long enough to be able to really talk about the two political parties. To an extent, until individuals realise that it is not about parties any longer, but about performance and antecedents of individuals, and what they have performed during their past leadership opportunities. In this state, from 2008 till 2014, this state has been in security quagmire. It was a state you will not have the confidence to come out at night to do your business. People like us shoot movies at night and close very late. In those years, we didn’t have the opportunity to do that. You have to schedule your shoot, sometimes you turn scenes that were supposed to be shot at night into day for security reasons. But from 2015 till now, there were no records of kidnappings or extra judicial killings. So this governor that is seeking for second term, I am not talking about his party but his person. He came in with a different direction to development. His predecessor came in and did a lot in terms of infrastructural development and construction of roads. But this one came in and said he wants to make the state industrialised. He brought in foreign partners and has succeeded. So, I think he is the best man for the job.

Ekere’s antecedents has ewarned him my vote

Christiana from Uyo Local Government

I might not vote because we have moved from where I registered and it will be difficult for me to trek from here to that place. But if I were to vote, I am looking at individuals’ credibility. I am not voting for party but individuals’ credentials, their performance in the offices they have held before. The candidates of APC and PDP, I know them from afar, but the little I know of the APC candidate, Nsima Ekere, with what he has been able to achieve these few years at NDDC, the kind of projects he has embarked on has earned him my vote. What he has done for Niger –Delta zone, he has gone into communities, where the state governments have not been able to penetrate. He has gone into the rural areas, looking out for people’s needs and he has been able to meet those needs. He has been able to touch lives, especially those of the grassroots. Personally, the present government has failed the people of Akwa Ibom, I am not sure it has scored up to 40%. The infrastructures you are seeing in Akwa Ibom are the ones he met on ground and he has not even been able to maintain them. So, my vote is going for Nsima Ekere.

I may try Nsima Ekere

Emmanuel Udom, a tricycle rider from Uruan Local Government.

I have not concluded on who to vote yet. I have looked at the APC and the PDP candidates and I am not satisfied yet with what I am seeing in both candidates. I am looking out for the person that will be able to redefine Akwa Ibom. Someone that has integrity and will take the state to a greater height. We have had different governors in the past and few have done well. Someone like Attah in 2008 did well. If I see someone like him, my vote will go for him or her. So I am still observing the candidates of APC and PDP, I will make my decision later. Governor Udom hasn’t done well, I am looking for someone that can surpass him. I might try Nsima Ekere but I am yet to conclude.

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike

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Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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