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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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Police rescue seven persons abducted from church

The police in Akwa Ibom have rescued seven persons said to have been abducted by gunmen from a church in the state. The kidnapped victims were abducted on August 17 at the Apostolic Faith Church, Nkekat community, Ukanafun Local Government Area of the state, where they were taking part in…

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Akpabio’s residence gets increased security — Police

The security around the country home of a senator, Godswill Akpabio, has been beefed up, the police in Akwa Ibom state have said. Mr Akpabio’s media aide, Anietie Ekong, had raised alarm on Tuesday night that the senator’s residence at Ukana Ikot Ntuen, Essien Udim, Akwa Ibom state, was under…

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Politicians defecting to other parties are mentally unstable – former Governor

A former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, on Wednesday said he believed politicians defecting 'impulsively' from one party to another are mentally unstable and should be subjected to psychiatric test. “Chief Timipre Sylva finds a correlation between impulsive defections and mental instability, and so, considers those flirting from party…

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

There was no attack on Akpabio’s house – Police

The police in Akwa Ibom state said there was no attack on the country home of a senator, Godswill Akpabio, as claimed by the senator’s aide. Mr Akpabio’s media aide, Anietie Ekong, said earlier that some unknown gunmen stormed the senator’s home in Ukana Ikot Ntuen, Essien Udim, Akwa Ibom…

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Gunmen storm Akpabio’s country home – Aide

Some gunmen reportedly stormed the country home of a senator, Godswill Akpabio, on Tuesday, around 7.30 p.m., in Akwa Ibom state, where he was holding political meeting. Mr Akpabio’s media aide, Anietie Ekong, took to Facebook on Tuesday night to raise an alarm. Mr Ekong wrote on the social media…

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…

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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…

Amaechi and Wike

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…