cletusukpong

Cletus Ukpong, an assistant editor, covers the South-South region of Nigeria for Premium Times. He is a graduate of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He can be reached through @CletusUkpong (Twitter); www.facebook.com/cukpong; and www.linkedin.com/in/cletus-ukpong-9309a036.

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Udom Emmanuel

2019: Governor Emmanuel warns Akwa Ibom against going back to ‘internal slavery’

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has once again appealed to the people of the state to embrace his administration and reject the opposition. Mr Emmanuel made the appeal in a state-wide broadcast on Sunday to mark the 31st anniversary of the state. The governor, in his address, constantly…

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Edo pastor arrested for human trafficking – Edo government

A pastor in Edo state, South-south Nigeria, has been arrested for his alleged involvement in human trafficking. The man, Marvelous Odalo, is said to be the General Overseer of Mega Charismatic Fire Ministry in the state. Mr Odalo was arrested alongside his accomplice by the Edo State Taskforce against Human…

Mr Mfon Udeme resigns his appointment as aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State

Akwa Ibom governor loses fourth aide

This appears to be a season of resignation in the Akwa Ibom state government, as Governor Udom Emmanuel has lost yet another aide. The aide, Mfon Udeme, on Thursday resigned his appointment as a special assistant on electoral matters to the governor. Mr Udeme, a lawyer, is the second among…

APC condemns destruction of Akwa Ibom governor’s campaign billboards

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has condemned the destruction of campaign billboards of Governor Udom Emmanuel in the state. Some billboards promoting Mr Emmanuel’s second term bid were torn into pieces about two days ago along the airport road, Ekpene Ukim, in Uruan Local Government Area,…

Mr Prince Akpabio

Akwa Ibom governor nominates another Akpabio’s relative commissioner

Forty-three days after sacking Ibanga Akpabio as Commissioner, Labour, Productivity and Manpower Planning, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has nominated another relative of Godswill Akpabio as commissioner. The nominee, Prince Akpabio, is said to be a cousin to Mr Akpabio, a former governor of the state and senator…

Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi briefing State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (2/1/18)

Rivers govt says Amaechi must account for N112 billion state asset he ‘sold off’

The Rivers state government has said the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has a case to answer over the alleged sales of gas turbine power stations belonging to the state government. The commissioner for information in the state, Emma Okah, said in a statement on Monday that Mr Amaechi, who…

A crossection of Akwa Ibom Elders at the State House after a meeting with President Buhari

‘APC members in Akwa Ibom are like orphans’- leaders tell Buhari

A delegation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Akwa Ibom on a visit to Aso Rock on Monday told President Muhammadu Buhari to do more to improve the lot of party members in the state. The delegation, led by a former petroleum minister, Don Etiebet, was on a solidarity…

Udom Emmanuel

Another aide to Akwa Ibom governor resigns, says more people likely to leave

Another aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel has resigned his appointment with the Akwa Ibom State Government. The aide, Anietie Ebe, until his resignation, was Mr Emmanuel’s special assistant on project investments and industries. He was working at the state’s Foreign Direct Investment office, Uyo. Mr Ebe told the governor in…

2019: I want to go to Senate because ‘there’s a fight coming’ – Akwa Ibom APC chieftain

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom, Otu Toyo, has said that he wants to represent the state in the Senate because there is a fight that is coming in the future that the state cannot afford to lose. Mr Toyo told PREMIUM TIMES, Saturday, that…

Late Emmanuel Aguma SAN

Amaechi, Wike, four governors bid farewell to late Rivers attorney-general

The remains of the late attorney-general of Rivers State, Emmanuel Aguma, were on Saturday laid to rest at his family home at Orogbum, Port Harcourt. Mr Aguma, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), died in August in a hospital in London. The Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, leading his cabinet members…

Mr Nsima Ekere, the Managing Director, NDDC, at the Eket rally on Tuesday

2019: Akpabio, Etiebet, other Akwa Ibom APC leaders support NDDC MD for governor

The leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State have urged Nsima Ekere, the Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), to contest for the 2019 governorship election in the state. The APC leaders, led by Don Etiebet, a former minister of petroleum, during a rally on…

Gov Wike

INTERVIEW: 2019: Buhari’s govt plotting to kill me to take Rivers – Wike

In this concluding part of the exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ reporter, Cletus Ukpong, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State alleges that the federal government is hatching a plot to destabilise the state because of the 2019 general elections. PT: Is Aminu Tambuwal your anointed aspirant for the PDP presidential…

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INTERVIEW: Buhari, APC sponsoring some PDP presidential aspirants – Wike

In this exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ reporter, Cletus Ukpong, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State opens up on the 2019 general elections in Nigeria, his quarrel with the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and his many battles with the federal government and its agencies like the Economic and Financial…

Gov Wike

Rivers 2019: Wike speaks on possible APC governorship candidate, Tonye Cole

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has thrown a challenge to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, as Nigeria prepares for the 2019 general elections. Mr Wike challenged the APC leaders in Rivers to mention projects executed in the state by the APC-led federal government before they…

INTERVIEW: How education, family, and Church have failed young people in Nigeria – Youth development expert

Gideon Ekanem, a consultant with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), trains young people in Nigeria on finance, marketing, and communication. He spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on the challenges facing the Nigerian youth.   PT: What do you think is the most significant challenge the youth of this generation are…

Mrs Valerie Ebe, former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom state

I don’t know if I’m still in PDP – Former Akwa Ibom deputy governor

A former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State, Valerie Ebe, has said that she doesn’t know if she was still a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or not. There have been speculations that Mrs Ebe has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). When PREMIUM TIMES asked her…

Mr Eseme Eyiboh, former member, House of Representatives

Don’t contest for second term, ex-federal lawmaker tells Akwa Ibom governor

A former member of the House of Representatives, Eseme Eyiboh, has asked Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state not to contest for a second term in office. Mr Eyiboh, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Chairman, Board of Cross River Basin Development Authority (CRBDA), said…

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One dead in Delta church collapse

A Catholic Church in Okpe Local Government Area, Delta State, collapsed on Sunday morning, killing one person. The church has been identified as St. Paul Catholic Church in Ugolo, Adagbrasa, Okpe. The police spokesperson in the state, Andrew Aniakama, who confirmed the church collapse to PREMIUM TIMES said an 11-year-old…

Tonye Cole

Rivers 2019: Tonye Cole resigns from Sahara Group, may challenge Wike

A Nigerian billionaire, Tonye Cole, on Saturday resigned from the board of directors of Sahara Group of Companies, apparently to join the 2019 governorship race in Rivers State. Mr Cole was an executive director of the energy company which he co-founded in 1996. The board of Sahara Group in a…

Again Akwa Ibom govt attacks Akpabio, alleges ‘fraud’ in hotel project

The Akwa Ibom government on Monday launched an attack against a former governor of the state, Godswill Akpabio, over a four-star hotel built by the government during his administration. The government alleged that the hotel project was not 'transparent' and did not comply with best practice. The hotel, Four Points…

Cross River State House of Assembly

Another Cross River lawmaker is dead

Three months after a lawmaker in Cross River slumped and died while on a routine fitness exercise, another lawmaker from the state, Simon Nkoro, has been reported dead. Mr Nkoro, who represented Ikom II State Constituency, is said to have died on Saturday in the state after a protracted illness.…

Senator Godswill Akpabio (right) smiles at Mr John Udoedehe at Akwa Ibom APC Caucus meeting on Saturday in Uyo

Akpabio meets former political foes at first APC caucus meeting since defection

A senator, Godswill Akpabio, on Saturday, attended the caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom state for the first time since his defection a few days ago from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The meeting, which was held at a private event centre in Uyo, was…

Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom 2019: Gov Emmanuel declares for second term, taunts Akpabio

The Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, on Friday declared his bid for a second term in office. Mr Emmanuel, elected governor in 2015 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), told a large crowd of supporters, who gathered at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium to witness his declaration,…

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Police kill four armed robbers who operated near Akpabio’s house – Official

The Police Command in Akwa Ibom said its officers had killed four of the five suspected armed robbers who robbed a fuel station in Ikot Ekpene in Akwa Ibom on August 21. The August 21 incident happened close to residence of a senator, Godswill Akpabio. An aide to Mr Akpabio,…

Udom Emmanuel

Governor Emmanuel to formally declare second term bid today

The Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, will today declare his intention to seek a second term in office. The declaration, which is scheduled to take place at the state's international stadium in Uyo, is expected to be witnessed by a large crowd of supporters from the different parts of the…