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Author: Ikpafak Thompson Essien

In the Spirit of Reconciliation: My Encounter with

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
(Senator) Godswill Obot Akpabio From May, 29, 2007 to May 29, 2015, he governed Akwa Ibom State as if it was his personal empire. Chronism and nepotism became the norm. Those who were bold enough to challenge his style of governance, or who were perceived as potential threats, were seriously dea ...

Akwa Ibom State Politics: Why Isaac Achong Was Posted to Akwa Ibom State

Friday, September 19, 2014
Isaac Gabriel Achong is the new Commissioner of Police, who has been sent to be in charge of Akwa Ibom State. Soon after the 2011 General Election, Achong s boss, Mr. Felix Uyana, was removed from Akwa Ibom State after the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly unanimously delivered a vote of no confiden ...

An Open Letter to Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police---Isaac Gabriel Achong

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Dear Mr. Achong: Under normal circumstance, this could have been a letter to welcome you to Akwa Ibom State. But your corrupt practices and your dubious activities of the past, when you served as the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, have compelled me to send this letter to you as a ...

Godswill Akpabio Cannot Impose a Leader on the people of Akwa Ibom State

Sunday, March 2, 2014
I don't care and most people in Akwa Ibom State also do not care if the next governor of the state comes from Eket, Oron, Uyo, Annang, or Timbuktu. It does not matter if the individual who will succeed Akpabio goes by the name of Udom Emmanuel, Ekpenyong Ntekim, Effiong Abia, Mary Udomkpontak, or Al ...

A Letter to Larry Esin: You are wrong---Ibibio Will Never Support you for 2015

Friday, January 17, 2014
Dear Mr. Larry Esin: Though you and I have never met, but after following your political philosophies from afar, I became one of your strongest supporters, until now. Not too long ago, when you claimed that you entered the 2006 race in order to help Akpabio win, many indigenes of Akwa Ibom S ...

The Real Reason Alhaji Tambuwal Visited Akpabio in Uyo

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
When the media asked Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal why he visited Uyo, this is what he told them: that he was in Uyo to consult the governor on issues that bother on national interest, commending Governor Akpabio for the development strides and for playing significant role in the stability of Akwa Ibom and ...

Thompson Essien: @ 64: Today is My Day; My Birthday

Thursday, January 2, 2014
I am 64 years old today (1/1/2014), full of wisdom from years of accumulated wonderful and rich life s experiences. Before I was conceived, my parents had already lost three siblings, so when I was born, everyone expected me to follow the same path---die before I could see my first birthday. A littl ...

Akwa Ibom State Politics: The Clash of the Corrupt and the Evil

Sunday, April 28, 2013
After the 2006-2007 general elections in Akwa Ibom State, Saviour Udo heard a knock on his door. When he opened it, he saw Godswill Akpabio standing with his hands inside the pockets of his trousers. Without even waiting to be asked, Akpabio stepped inside the house and told Saviour Udo his missions ...

Akwa Ibom State Politics: The Race for 2015---The Strategy to Get Rid of Umana O

Monday, December 10, 2012
The general assumption among Akwa Ibom State indigenes is that Godswill Akpabio is all out in support of his Secretary to the Government, Mr. Umana Okon Umana, as his successor in 2015. On the surface, this assumption seems plausible. But beneath the curtain, some let-me-think-this-over maneuverings ...

Akwa Ibom State Politics: The Race for 2015; the Umana Okon Umana Factor

Sunday, December 2, 2012
Umana Okon Umana does not only think that he owns Akwa Ibom State, he also believes strongly that he is Akwa Ibom State. In a way, he is At least since 1999, the man has been the only Akwa Ibom man to walk the corridor of power for as long as he has. By the time Akpabio leaves the office in May, 20 ...

How Akpabio Is Turning Akwa Ibom State Into A Killing Field

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
It used to be one of the most peaceful areas, if not the most, in Nigeria, until 2007 when Akwa Ibom State was unfortunate to have a mad man at the helm of leadership. Today, Akwa Ibom State is known as the deadliest area in Nigeria. Even the United States Government has warned its citizens to stay ...

Governor Akpabio Refuses To Pay Workers for Three Months

Sunday, September 9, 2012
I want to thank you all for independently making contacts in Akwa Ibom to verify that some state workers have not been paid. Within the last three days, I have been on the phone calling people in Akwa Ibom to know the truth about payment of wages and salaries. This is what I have been told: for the ...

The Fleecing of Akwa Ibom State: The Secret Agenda of Godswill Akpabio

Thursday, September 6, 2012
His crumbs-from-the-table-eaters like to describe him as Nigeria's Best Performing Governor. What they don't mention in their claims is how much money they are being paid to plant all those Akpabio this and Akpabio that in the media. What they also don't mention is the purpose of such a media blit ...
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