MOMENT OF TRUTH: DIEZANI, ODUAH AND OTHER MINISTERS GOT LOTS OF QUERIES FROM PRESIDENT JONATHAN WHENEVER MEDIA ACCUSED THEM OF CORRUPTION – APC SPOKESMAN

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Contrary to wide speculation that former President Goodluck Jonathan looked the other way while corruption reigned in his government; the All Progressive Congress (APC) has actually commended him for not doing so.

The revelation came when the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) held its annual conference in Lagos and invited top dignitaries to be panelists.

During the discourse, the APC National Publicity Secretary Bolaji Abdullahi while speaking on the presence of fake news noted that President Jonathan was fond of printing out a particular newspaper whenever it accused his ministers of corruption and direct the ministers involved to respond to it.

“He stopped doing so and taking the media serious when they turned to him and started to report things which he knows were not true”, Bolaji who was his Minister for Youths and Sports submitted.

The APC mouthpiece advocated for regulation of Online Media by the government to curb fake news, which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan countered, insisting that Nigerians must resist any form of gagging in the name of government regulation by the media. The PDP spokesman stated that it was such lies and propaganda that brought the current government to power and thus shouldn’t be complaining about it.

CLOWNS IN CHAMBERS: WE SUSPENDED AFIKPO CHIC BECAUSE THEY WILL PUSH HER DOWN WHEN SHE’S TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS AND THEY LAUGH AT US, AS SHE PLEADS GUILTY

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The suspended female member of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Hon. Maria Ude Nwachi who represents Afikpo North-East Constituency admitted to the offence leveled against her by her colleagues, leading to her suspension.

Maria popularly known as Afikpo Chic was slammed a two-week suspension abandoning her duty for photography publicly and causing disrepute to the House.

She faced a five man committee set up by the Assembly to investigate the allegations for about thirty minutes, which she pleaded guilty, admitting that she missed two sittings for her image making business. She however enumerated that it was done out of passion to promote the state and as a hobby.

“I actually missed sittings for my private business and such behavior no matter the circumstances cannot be right. I can’t justify that and I don’t see what the House has done as regards my suspension as a political witchhunt. I see my action as very wrong and I cannot justify it.

“I actually do some promotions for my Governor, he is my Governor. I do promotion for him, not image laundering. I have a lot of people on Facebook and I know how to figure those things and my consideration for doing that is to enable the people of the country to know that my Governor is doing well, developing the state.

“Even before I came into politics, I have been doing ‘Facebook business’ and managing the ‘Igboist account’ which enjoys large followership. I have been doing lots of empowerment through it. Usually, I use my resources to do those empowerment but this time around I introduced a formular which the Igboist members can contribute to empower the people. It is a new empowerment scheme and it’s a sort of family empowerment for members of the Igboist”m she stated.

The Chairman of the Committee and member, representing Ikwo South constituency, Chike Ogiji reacted by commending her for not wasting the time of the committee but being sincere and admitting her errors.

“We are not interested in your private life. We don’t even intend to delve into your privacy. But what we want is that as long as you continue to be a member of this House of Assembly, it is collective responsibility and the public perception about your behavior and conduct is also important to us and that is why we have done this.

“We sincerely appreciate your sincerity because sometimes people are not sincere. We want to leave a legislature that is very decent and (can) be imitated and seen as being upright anywhere in this country and that is why we have done what we have done. We want to thank you for making yourself available and for also being very sincere and religious for attending to our questions,” he said.

Another commitee member representing Ohaukwu South constituency, Frank Onwe also commended Hon. Nwachi for her sincerity.

“Dear colleague, I must commend you for making the work of this House very easy. By accepting responsibilities for all these things leveled against you. For the purpose of the public and records, people go out there to give misconceptions of what happened in the House. The House did not suspend you simply because you are photographing. For us, we see it as a hobby. When there is programme we go there, snap with people and get pictures.

“But it becomes a problem when you go to a public place outside your area and in the process (or) where you are ‘paparazing,’ you are pushed down and they will say, it is Maria, a legislator and where is the legislator from? She is from Ebonyi state. So it takes something away from the House here that one of us is being pushed around”, he noted.

HUMBLE LIKE A DOG: LIKE NICODEMUS AKPABIO KNEELS DOWN TO BEG GOV. UDOM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT FOR FORGIVENESS

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A few days ago, Lady Valerie Ebe, former deputy governor, Chief Afangide, a PDP leader from Essien Udim LGA, Prince Ukpong Akpabi and Anietie Ekong, Sen Godswill Akpabio’s Media Assistant  arrived the private residence of Gov. Udom Emmanuel in Ewet Housing Estate to meet with the governor.

Their mission was essentially to plead Akpabio’s case before Udom Emmanuel, placate the governor and apologize on his behalf. Mediating the meeting was Lady Ebe. The senator participated in the meeting by calling in from Abuja. He was placed on speaker phone to the hearing of everybody.

All went well. Udom spoke of his support and patronage to Akpabio, recounting steps he’d taken to cover his tracks and get him out of trouble. Akpabio apologized to His Excellency, claiming that his ‘all is not well’ speech and the ‘500,000-vote’ threat he issued was a mistake.  He expressed support and loyalty to Udom Emmanuel and spoke of his willingness to lead him to a resounding win in the next election.

The following day, Akpabio spotted a black cap bearing the ‘Dakkada’ insignia to the Senate plenary, just to further convey a sense of rapproachment with his successor.

To a casual observer, wearing the ‘Dakkada’ cap is a symbol of Akpabio’s apology and re-dedication of his loyalty to his godson, but to experienced politicians in Akwa Ibom, the whole thing is akin to a sweet sound from the cymbal for Udom’s ears, and is meant to deceive and mislead the governor into his political perdition.

After the firestorm erupted, the senator has made several conciliatory gestures to the governor. Many people have also privately begged Udom to sheathe his sword and reconcile with Akpabio, insisting that he cannot win an election without the senator’s backing. But unknown to many, Akpabio has been secretly working on a series of counter measures and plots within his Ikot Ekpene senatorial district against Udom Emmanuel.

His ultimate goal is to control, or be perceived to be in control of the bloc votes of the zone, so that Udom would be forced to beg and pay him  for his support, and then enter into fresh terms of agreement with him. It is not clear whether Udom Emmanuel is savvy enough to see through Akpabio’s deception and scheming carefully masked by sweet sounds of apologies and pleadings. The former governor is notorious for being beguiling, cunning, clever and deceptive. He is the headmaster of the Tortoise School of Politics. There’s a long list of prominent Akwa Ibom people who had been of help to Akpabio, but ended up being devoured by him.