cletusukpong

Cletus Ukpong is PREMIUM TIMES' assistant editor in charge of Nigeria's South-South region. He is a graduate of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Twitter: @CletusUkpong

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Udom Emmanuel

Stop talking about 2023 succession, Akwa Ibom PDP appeals to residents

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State has described as “embarrassing and manifestly premature” for people in the state to start talking about who should succeed Governor Udom Emmanuel in 2023. Mr Emmanuel of the PDP won re-election in the just concluded election, defeating his main opponent, Nsima…

Contaminated Farmland at K-Dere, Ogoni land

Groups caution Nigerian govt against resumption of oil exploitation in Ogoni land

Two non-governmental organisations in Nigeria have asked the federal government to reconsider its “order” for the resumption of oil exploitation in Ogoni land. The organisations, the Health of Mother Earth Foundation and We the People were reacting to a memo said to have emanated from Nigeria’s presidency. The memo directed…

Godswill Akpabio

Akpabio wants tribunal to declare him winner of senatorial election

Godswill Akpabio, a senator from Akwa Ibom State, has filed a petition at the election tribunal against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Chris Ekpenyong, his opponent and the winner of the just concluded election for Akwa Ibom North-West District. Mr Akpabio, who is alleging irregularities in the election,…

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HIV/AIDs prevalence rate in Akwa Ibom unacceptable – Ex-NMA chairman

A former chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Akwa Ibom State, Aniekeme Uwah, has said that the prevalence rate of HIV/AIDs in the state is “worrisome and unacceptable.” The Nigerian HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) has shown that Akwa Ibom has the highest prevalence rate of HIV…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Police arrest suspected killers of four officers – Official

The Police in Edo State have arrested suspected killers of four police officers in the state, the Edo State government has said. Some armed men attacked a police station in Afuze, Owan East Local Government Area of the state, on Tuesday, killing the divisional police officer, and three other officers,…

Mr Utitofon Ukpong, in the middle (on a blue wear), shortly after he was geanted bail by the court in Uyo

Trial of Nigerian blogger moves from magistrate to federal high court

The trial of Utitofon Ukpong, a Nigerian blogger in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has moved from the magistrate to a federal high court in the city. Mr Ukpong, who publishes a popular blog called 'Sitipe ke Akwa Ibom', was arrested December last year by the police in Akwa Ibom for…

Attack on Edo police station

PHOTOS: Police station attacked by gunmen, four officers killed

Some armed men on Tuesday attacked a police station in Edo State, South-south Nigeria, killing a divisional police officer (DPO) and three other police officers. A pregnant police officer was among those killed in the attack which occurred at Afuze, in Owan East Local Government Area of the state. The…

Attack on Edo police station

Gunmen kill DPO, pregnant sergeant, two other police officers

Some armed men on Tuesday attacked a police station in Edo State, South-south Nigeria, killing a divisional police officer (DPO) and three other police officers. A pregnant police officer was among those killed in the attack which occurred at Afuze, in Owan East Local Government Area of the state. The…

Governor Udom Emmanuel during the swearing-in of Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem as the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, SSG.

It’s official: Governor Emmanuel wins re-election

The incumbent governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has won re-election for a second term. Mr Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was announced the winner of the governorship election, at about 12:27 a.m. on Monday, in Uyo by the state returning officer, Faraday Orunmwense, a professor and…

Godswill Akpabio

Akwa Ibom Governorship: INEC cancels elections in nine out of 11 wards in Akpabio’s LGA

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cancelled the result of the governorship election in nine out of 11 wards in Essien Udim Local Government Area Area, where a former governor, Godswill Akpabio comes from. Mr Akpabio's party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), however, still won the election in the…

Godswill Akpabio

Akwa Ibom Governorship: Non-availability of result from Akpabio’s LGA delays announcement of winner

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Akwa Ibom State has stepped down proceedings in its state collation centre, Uyo, because of non-arrival of results from Essien Udim Local Government Area. The announcement of the result for the just concluded governorship election in the state started around 11 a.m., and…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom Governorship: PDP wins 13 of 13 local govts so far

The incumbent governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, is leading in the governorship election results announced so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). INEC has so far announced results in 13 out of the 31 local government areas in the state. Mr Emmanuel, who is seeking re-election…

Akwa Ibom Governorship: APC candidate loses in his local govt

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Nsima Ekere, has lost the election in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area where he comes from. Mr Ekere, a former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), scored 7,549 votes, while the incumbent governor, Udom Emmanuel of…

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INEC set to announce Akwa Ibom governorship election result

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is about to commence the announcement of results of the governorship election in Akwa Ibom State. The announcement is taking place at the INEC State Collation Centre, Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo. The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, and the heads of security agencies…

Retd. Captain Iniobong Ekong, security aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel

INTERVIEW: How Army unjustly detained me for 13 days so I won’t take part in elections – Governor’s Aide

Iniobong Ekong is a retired captain in the Nigerian army and a security aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Cletus Ukpong, he revealed how he was arrested by the Nigerian army on the eve of Nigeria's presidential election. PT: What happened?…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Governor Emmanuel wins in his polling unit

The governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has won the governorship election in his polling unit, Unit 1, Awa Ward 1, Onna Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State. Mr Emmanuel, a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), contested for a second term in the just concluded election. The…

Senator Akpabio driving through a large crowd of supporters and admirers in Uyo

PDP scores zero vote in Akpabio’s polling unit

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored zero vote in both the governorship and house of assembly elections at Godswill Akpabio’s polling unit, Unit 9, Ukana West Ward 2, Essien Udim Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State. Mr Akpabio, a former governor of the state, is the senator representing Akwa Ibom…

Soldiers at checkpoint

Elections: Soldiers urge voters to be orderly

At about 11:20 a.m. at polling unit 6, Ukan Ward 1, Edemaya, Ikot Abasi Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, two soldiers were seen persuading voters to be of orderly conduct and get into the voting line. Unlike in other places visited by this reporter, the army parked their truck…

Unit 8, Ward 10. Itu LGA. Akwa Ibom. Voting ongoing peacefully and orderly

APC, PDP disagree on disruption of election in Akwa Ibom

The Managing Director of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA), Umana Umana, has spoken on the conduct of the governorship and house of assembly elections in Akwa Ibom State. Mr Umana, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who spoke after casting his votes at Unit 1,…

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Election: We’ve not seen military intimidation of voters for now – Akwa Ibom PDP chief

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State has dismissed reports of military intimidation of voters in the state. There have been fears especially among the PDP leaders and their supporters that the deployment of a large number of military officials in the state was meant…

I can’t say for now election is free, fair — Gov Emmanuel

The Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, has just cast his vote in the governorship and house of assembly elections. Mr Emmanuel, who voted at about 9:15 a.m at his polling unit, Unit 1, Town hall, Awa Iman Ward 1, Onna Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, told journalists that…

Burnt INEC office at Ibesikpo Asutan LGA, Akwa Ibom Photo by Cletus Ukpong

APC demands investigation into Akwa Ibom INEC fire incident

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for an investigation into the fire that burnt the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office at Ibesikpo Asutan, Akwa Ibom State. The fire incident which occurred at about 2 a.m. on Friday destroyed several card readers and some other election materials. The cause…

Godswill Akpabio

Why I withdrew my election case from court – Akpabio

Godswill Akpabio, a senator from Akwa Ibom State, has offered reasons why he withdrew his election case from an Abuja high court. Mr Akpabio, who contested for re-election for a second term under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to represent the Akwa Ibom North-West District, lost to…

Magnus Abe

Rivers Elections: What’ll do if APC is not on the ballot on Saturday – Magnus Abe

Magnus Abe, a senator from Rivers State, has spoken on the inability of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to field candidates for the March 9 governorship and house of assembly elections in the state. The court had foreclosed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from accepting candidates from…

Burnt INEC office at Ibesikpo Asutan LGA, Akwa Ibom Photo by Cletus Ukpong

Fire engulfs INEC office in Akwa Ibom

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State has been gutted by fire, a day to a crucial governorship and house of assembly elections in the state. The cause of the fire remains unknown for now. A security guard who was…