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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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Dr Udoma Bob Ekarika at a political rally on Monday in Onna, Akwa Ibom state

APC factional chairman in Akwa Ibom defects to PDP

A factional chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom state, Udoma Ekarika, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Mr Ekarika announced his defection at a political rally organised on Monday in Onna by the people of Akwa Ibom South District to endorse Governor Udom Emmanuel’s…

Godswill Akpabio

I didn’t say I regret making Udom Emmanuel governor – Akpabio

A senator, Godswill Akpabio, has denied saying that he regretted helping Udom Emmanuel to become Akwa Ibom governor in 2015. Mr Akpabio represents Akwa Ibom North West District in the Senate. A news report published by the Punch newspaper said Mr Akpabio, a former governor of the state, apologised on…

Senator Bassey Albert (with a faze cap) with Governor Udom Emmanuel at the Monday rally in Onna, Akwa Ibom state

The ‘only senator speaking for Akwa Ibom’ faces N254 million bribery charges

On the day Governor Udom Emmanuel described him as the 'only senator speaking for Akwa Ibom', the anti-graft agency, EFCC, filed corruption charges against Bassey Albert. Mr Albert is the only senator from Akwa Ibom who is still in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the recent defection of Godswill…

Senator Bassey Albert (with a faze cap) with Governor Udom Emmanuel at the Monday rally in Onna, Akwa Ibom state

Only one senator speaking for Akwa Ibom in Senate – Gov. Emmanuel

The Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, has said that it is only one senator – Bassey Albert – that was “speaking for the whole of Akwa Ibom state” for now at the nation’s Senate. Mr Emmanuel said this on Monday while addressing a large crowd of the Peoples Democratic Party…

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APC, Rivers govt trade blames over suspension of by-election

The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Rivers State Government have been trading blames over the suspension of Saturday’s by-election for Port Harcourt III Constituency. The election was meant to fill the vacancy created in the state House of Assembly when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member who represented the…

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INEC official, eight others rescued from kidnappers

The police in Akwa Ibom said they have rescued nine people, including an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who were abducted in Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun local government areas of the state. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, who briefed journalists, Saturday, in Uyo,…

Dino Melaye mocks Akpabio in new video

Dino Melaye mocks Akpabio in new video

A controversial senator, Dino Melaye, on Friday entertained Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, with a song in which he praised the governor as having surpassed the performance of his predecessor, Godswill Akpabio. Mr Melaye was among a handful of senators who accompanied the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on a solidarity visit to…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on a solidarity visit to Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Saraki visits Akwa Ibom, expresses solidarity with Governor Emmanuel

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, visited Akwa Ibom on Friday to show solidarity with the state governor, Udom Emmanuel. Mr Saraki was accompanied by other senators, including Bassey Albert who is from the state, Dino Melaye, Biodun Olujimi, Phillip Aduda, Clifford Ordia, and Isa Misau. Political tension heightened in the…

Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter at Premium Times

Amnesty International demands urgent action for release of detained PREMIUM TIMES’ journalist

Global human rights organisation, Amnesty International (AI), has put out a call for urgent action for the release of PREMIUM TIMES’ journalist, Samuel Ogundipe, who was arrested on Tuesday by the Nigerian Police. An Urgent Action is one of AI’s most effective way to call for immediate action on human…

How Gov. Emmanuel can win without Akpabio

The dust is yet to settle in Akwa Ibom state after a senator, Godswill Akpabio, defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Mr Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom, resigned his position as the Senate minority leader shortly before his defection.…

Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere

ANALYSIS: How Nigerian presidents, governors use impeachment as weapon against opponents

Chris Ekpenyong, the then deputy governor of Akwa Ibom state, made history in 2005. That year, Mr Ekpenyong caused state legislators who impeached him to reverse the impeachment in less than seven days; he was allowed to resign from office, instead, and walked away victoriously. The then governor, Victor Attah,…

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Wike asks Osinbajo to sack EFCC chairman

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has asked Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to sack the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, over the freezing of bank accounts of Benue and Akwa Ibom state governments. The two state governments raised alarm three days ago about…

Senator Akpabio (first from left), APC leader, Bola Tinubu, President Buhari's aide, Ita Enang at the defection of Mr Akpabio to APC on Wednesday

PDP finished in Niger Delta – Akpabio

A senator, Godswill Akpabio, on Wednesday, officially defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). At a reception organised for him at Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, by the APC, Mr Akpabio criticised the PDP as not being fair to him and others…

Senator Akpabio addressing reporters at the Akwa Ibom International Airport, Uyo

Governor Emmanuel sacks commissioners who welcomed Akpabio

Two commissioners in Akwa Ibom who received a senator, Godswill Akpabio, at the airport in Uyo have been sacked by Governor Udom Emmanuel. The sacked commissioners are Victor Antai of Culture and Tourism, and Ibanga Akpabio of Labour, Productivity and Manpower Planning. The latter is a relative of the senator.…

Senator Akpabio addressing reporters at the Akwa Ibom International Airport, Uyo

Commissioners, federal lawmakers, others welcome Akpabio into Uyo

A senator, Godswill Akpabio, who ignited a political storm across the country with his planned defection from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has arrived Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Mr Akpabio, over the past few days, visited President Muhammadu Buhari in London where he…

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Akwa Ibom Deputy Governor abandons Akpabio, says won’t resign

The Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Moses Ekpo, has denied media reports that he has resigned or plans to resign from office. There have been reports of several officials resigning from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Akwa Ibom state government, following the planned defection of a senator,…

Akpabio resigns as Senate minority leader

Godswill Akpabio has resigned his position as the Senate minority leader. Mr Akpabio’s resignation is contained in a letter dated August 4, which he wrote to the Deputy Senate Minority Leader, Emmanuel Bwacha. “This letter is to formally inform you of my resignation as the Senate Minority Leader with effect…

All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in audience with Senate Minority and former AkwaIbom Governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who paid him a courtesy visit Monday afternoon in Abuja

PHOTO NEWS: Defection: Akpabio meets Tinubu in Abuja

The Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, who is defecting from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is back in Nigeria after visiting President Muhammadu Buhari in London. On Monday, Mr. Akpabio met influential party chieftain, Bola Tinubu, in Abuja, Nigeria's capital. Mr. Tinubu's…

John Udoedehe

Akpabio’s coming to APC ‘fulfillment of my vision’ – Udoedehe

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom state, John Udoedehe, has welcomed the plan by Godswill Akpabio to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC. Mr Akpabio, who is the Senate Minority Leader, is a former governor of Akwa Ibom state. He is…

Bassey Albert

Akpabio’s Defection: Senator declares support for Gov. Udom

Amidst reports that some politicians in Akwa Ibom are set to join Godswill Akpabio in defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the senator representing Uyo Senatorial District, Bassey Albert, has declared his political support for the state governor, Udom Emmanuel. Mr Albert, who…

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I’m not leaving PDP – Akwa Ibom Assembly Speaker

The Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke, has said that nothing would make him leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). There have been speculations in Akwa Ibom that Mr Luke is among the high profile politicians in the state likely to resign from the PDP…

Senator Akpabio with President Buhari in London

Defection: Akpabio visits Buhari in London

The Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, on Sunday visited President Muhammadu Buhari in London. Earlier, two presidential aides confirmed on Saturday that the senator is defecting from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Bashir Ahmad, personal assistant to the president on online media,…

Senator Godswill Akpabio waving at guests at a dinner organised to welcome the APC members who defected recently to the PDP

Three days after receiving APC defectors, Akpabio on way out of PDP

The Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, was among the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders present at a dinner organised on August 1 in Abuja to welcome members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who defected recently from the APC to the PDP. Several APC senators, including the Senate President, Bukola…

Akpabio defecting to APC, Buhari’s aide confirms

The Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, is defecting from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), a presidential aide has said. President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla, posted a message on Facebook, Saturday night, saying that Mr Akpabio will be received…

Akwa Ibom Governor accuses FG of withholding state’s billions of naira

The Akwa Ibom government has accused the federal government of withholding billions of naira belonging to the state. Akwa Ibom and other oil-rich states are constitutionally entitled to 13 per cent of revenue which Nigeria derives from petroleum oil. Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, said President Muhammadu Buhari-led government apart…