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- Ferguson underwent a life-saving brain surgery back in May 2018- The former Manchester United was rushed to hospital for the surgery after a seizure at his home- He has now raised £400,000 for the National Hospital Service as appreciationFormer Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, has shown gratitude to the staff at Salford Royal Hospital after the life-changing brain surgery he underwent back in May 2018.The emergency treatment saw the Scottish tactician forced him to spend several days in intensive care at the hospital.READ ALSO: Zinedine Zidane reveals Sadio Mane as Real Madrid primary target this summerFerguson hosted a star-studded charity event at a hotel in Manchester, raising a staggering KSh 53 million (£400,000) for the National Hospital Services.A source who spoke to SunSport disclosed the legendary United manager was full of life during the event and was keen to have all the proceeds raised from the charity channeled to NHS."Alex was in great form all night and had guests in stitches with his stories. It raised a lot of money but Alex was determined that all of it should go to the NHS," the source said."He's always been a great supporter of them and that’s become even more the case since his health issues," the source added.PAY ATTENTION: Install Pitch Football app for FREE to instantly access stats, news and live updatesMeanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Alex Ferguson has been banned from attending Man United matches because it is affecting his health.The 77-year-old was not present during United's 4-1 win over Fulham at Old Trafford because he was banned by his doctors.His medical team was concerned for his health after he was spotted watching three consecutive games.NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng We have updated to serve you betterNigeria not among top 3 favorites to win AFCON 2019 – Gernot Rohr | Legit TV
Alex Enumah in AbujaJustice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, will on April 8, decide on the eligibility of the senator-elect representing Enugu East Senatorial District, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, in the just concluded National Assembly election in Enugu State.Justice Ekwo fixed the date Monday after counsel to both parties in the suit adopted their briefs of arguments in the suit seeking Nnamani’s disqualification on the grounds that he (Nnamani) did not physically appear before the Commissioner of Oaths to depose to Form CF001 known as Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) Affidavit in support of the person seeking election to the office/membership of Senate.In a pre- election suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1574/2018, the plaintiff, Lawrence Ezeh, a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is seeking an order restraining Nnamani from further parading or holding himself as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate for Enugu East.The plaintiff, in the suit filed by his counsel, Mr. Frank Ikpe, is further praying the court for an order compelling INEC (second defendant) to stop further parading or holding Nnamani as the PDP senatorial candidate for Enugu East.Meanwhile, both Nnamani and INEC have filed their motions challenging the competence of the suit as well as the jurisdiction of the court to adjudicate on the matter.While the former governor was represented in court by Obina Onya, Mr. Tobechukwu Nweke appeared in court on behalf of the electoral body.The suit, which is predicated on section 117(4) of the Evidence Act, 2010, posed the following questions for determination by the court:“Whether from a proper interpretation of the provisions of Section 117(4) of the Evidence Acts Laws of the Federation, the first defendant does not have a duty to personally appear before the Commissioner of Oaths to depose to the sworn affidavit filed with the second defendant as part of the legal requirement for the contest of the senatorial seat for Enugu Senatorial District of Enugu State.“Whether the first defendant having not physically and personally sworn the purported affidavit filed with the second defendant in the presence of the Commissioner of Oaths in line with the provisions of Section 117(4) of the Evidence Act is eligible to contest an election for the position of a senator of the Enugu East Senatorial District of Enugu State.”In the event the questions are in the affirmative, the plaintiff wants “an order directing the second defendant not to accord/and or stop further according the first defendant recognition or in any way treating the first defendant as the PDP senatorial candidate for Enugu Senatorial Zone.
Related NewsVictor Osimhen scored a hat trick on Monday as the Nigeria U-23 team beat their Libyan counterparts 4-0 to progress to the final stage of the U-23 Afcon qualifiers.Having suffered a 2-0 defeat in the first leg, the Nigerian team had all the work to do and they did not dissapoint.After seeing most of their balls hit the bar, Osimhen scored the first goal in late in the first half.The dangling striker added two more goals in the second half before David Okereke completed the routing of the North Africans.Read our live updates of the match here.
Related NewsThe deputy governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Akpo Yeeh, has defected from his party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and has declared support for Governor Nyesom Wike.The AAC, backed by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, emerged the major opposition party against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State after the court barred Mr Amaechi’s All Progressives Congress (APC) from being on the ballot because of an internal struggle within the party.Governorship and the House of Assembly elections are yet to be concluded in the state.Mr Wike, the governorship candidate of the PDP, is seeking re-election for a second term. He has been facing a tough battle from the APC and Mr Amaechi, who is Mr Wike’s political archrival.The election battle most often gets bloody, leading to several people getting killed or injured.Mr Yeeh on Monday visited Mr Wike at the Government House, Port Harcourt, to formally inform the governor that he was no longer a deputy governorship candidate of the AAC.“I officially announce the withdrawal of my candidacy for the AAC. My loyalty is with the PDP. I cannot afford to leave the fast lane and go to the slow lane,” a government house statement quoted Mr Yeeh as telling Governor Wike, in the presence of the national chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus.The Rivers government has been gloating over the political development, circulating photos of Mr Yeeh’s visit on Facebook and Twitter.Governor Wike said history would be kind to Mr Yeeh for “placing Rivers interest above personal consideration”.Apparently referring to Mr Amaechi, the governor said the interest of one man cannot be bigger than the interest of the state.“You are welcome to the party that will move the state forward,” the governor said.“Those on the other side must understand that you cannot kill people, just to be in power. With this bold decision, our brothers on the other side know that the end has come,” he added.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) suspended the electoral process in the Rivers’ governorship and the House of Assembly elections because of violence and other irregularities.INEC has said it would resume the collation of results in the state from April 2 to April 5.
- Nigeria vs Libya AFCON U23 qualifier saw the Dream Team VII progress to the next stage of the 2020 Olympics qualification stage- Victor Osimhen turned up for Imama Amapakabo's side as he net three times during regulation time to hand the hosts the much needed victoryNigeria are through to the final round of the 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers after beating Libya 4-0 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.The Eagles U23 suffered 2-0 defeat in the reverse fixture five days ago, but this victory means they are through to the finals on 4-2 aggregate.Former U17 striker Victor Osimhen opened scoring for the hosts through a rebound after Kelechi Nwakali's goal-bound free kick was denied by the wood works.The Wolsfburg star on at Belgian side Royal Charleroi doubled his side's lead in the 67th minute after benefiting from the Libyan's confused defence line.READ ALSO: Ikechukwu Ezenwa reveals he did not beg Lionel Messi for his jerseyCoach Imama Amapakabo's boys got the game off to a shaky note as they showed anxiety in their while attacking their visitors.The Dream Team VII finally settled into the game with Nwakali striking a superb free kick but it was denied by the sticks in the 19th minute.Barely one minute after, the Eagles U23 side mounted a little more pressure on the Libyans as Villarreal attacker Samuel Chukwueze tried doubling his side's lead but danger was averted by the guests.Having wont he first leg 2-0, the Libyans were a bit more defensive in their tactical approach as a goalless draw would see them progress.However, the hosts continued to attack as Chukwueze struck a direct free kick from the right flank, but again, the home team were denied by the posts.Osimhen got a chance to double his side's lead in the first half but his thunderous long range shot was stopped by the wood works in the 45th minute of the meeting.On return for the second half of the meeting, coach Imama Amapakabo's lads continued their impressive attacking football.And not long before then, Osimhen found the back of the net in the 67th minute to restore parity for his side on aggregate.The 20-year-old completed his hat-trick in the game int he 81st minute after receiving a long pass from Nwakali and he beautifully put the ball at the back of the net.Superb-sub Chigozie Okereke sealed the victory for the Eagles U23 int he 94th minute from a close range after a number of efforts had been denied by the Libyans moments earlier.Amapakabo's men booked their ticket at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with a 4-2 aggregate win over their guests.PAY ATTENTION: Install Pitch Football App for FREE to get the latest football News & ScoresThey won gold at the 1996 edition of the championship in Atlanta, USA and in 2008, they won silver in Beijing.While in 2016, Mikel Obi led team claimed bronze - the only medal team Nigeria won in Brazil three years ago.Legit.ng earlier reported that Libya side beat Nigeria’s Dream Team VII 2-0 in the first leg of AFCON U23 qualifying match at the Stade de Ben Guerdane in Tunisia on Wednesday.A goal each from each half of the meeting ensured the Libyans cruise to convincing victory in the reverse fixture.The encounter saw coach of the side Imama Amapakabo parade an all foreign-based midfielders that include Arsenal's Kelechi Nwakali, Liverpool's Taiwo Awoniyi, Villareal's Samuel Chukwueze among others from the start of the game.NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng We have updated to serve you betterI didn't beg Messi for his jersey - Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Ezenwa| Legit TV
The programmes are key components of the Pepsodent oral care mission in partnership with NDA, World Dental Federation, FDI, federal and state ministries of health.‘Call A Dentist’ enables citizens to talk to a dentist free of charges on oral health issues through a dedicated line – 08073776338. The programme runs till March 31.The school and market outreaches are aimed at getting children and adults to appreciate and understand the importance of oral hygiene.Also, 2,000 school children joined the Unilever Nigeria team, owners of the Pepsodent brand, celebrity, Adunni Ade, government officials, and health institutions at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos to observe the significant day set aside to raise global awareness and demonstrate the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and well-being.Commenting on Pepsodent’s contributions to global awareness on oral care, Corporate Affairs and Sustainable Business Director, Unilever Nigeria and Ghana, Soromidayo George said: “As the official global partner of the World Oral Health Day, Pepsodent has been consistent in raising awareness about the benefits of good oral hygiene and the prevalence of tooth decay (a disease that is preventable), not only in Nigeria but globally.“We are committed to helping children and adults manage their oral hygiene to forestall absence from school, work and socialising. We have communicated this effectively in the days leading to the World Oral Health Day. We will forge ahead in this direction throughout the year.”Speaking at the event, President, Nigerian Dental Association (NDA), Dr Evelyn Eshikena stated, “The theme for this year 2019 celebrations: ‘Say Ahh!….Act-On Mouth Health’, motivates all children, adults and the government to take tangible action towards oral health. Poor oral health can negatively affect a child’s confidence, social skills as well as the potential for success later in life. Oral health is, therefore, essential to a child’s general health and well-being.Dr. Eshikena added, “We need to encourage children to brush their teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and help them avoid foods and drinks high in sugars. We also need to prioritize regular dental checkups. The Nigerian Dental Association is grateful and appreciates Unilever Nigeria Plc for their commitment and continuous support as Nigeria participates in the brush day and night project towards the actualization of optimum oral health for all Nigerians.”Emphasizing the roles children play in promoting oral care messages, Category Manager (Oral Care), Unilever Nigeria, Toluwaleke Salu noted, “Children are change agents. They are naturally blessed with the potential to drive behavioural change among those close to them – their parents and peers. They are influential to the Pepsodent ‘Br ush Day and Night’ Schools Program, a 21- day behavioural change campaign that encourages regular brushing, day and night and transfer of this message to their parents and friends.”Whilst commending Unilever Nigeria for its oral care efforts, Head Dentistry Division, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Bola Alonge urged children and parents to prioritize regular brushing to ensure general health.“The Federal Ministry of Health is proud to associate with Unilever Nigeria PLC, makers of Pepsodent fluoride toothpaste for sustaining efforts at making citizens appreciate oral hygiene. It is crucial to urge children and parents to give importance to regular brushing, twice a day – morning and before bedtime. Regular brushing forestalls oral diseases and ensures good health.”2,000 school children joined the Unilever Nigeria team, owners of the Pepsodent brand, celebrity, Adunni Ade, government officials, and health institutions at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos to observe the significant day set aside to raise global awareness and demonstrate the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and well-being.Free dental outreaches to markets and schools across Lagos were equally facilitated by Pepsodent and the Nigerian Dental Association.World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated globally every year on 20 March.
More than one week after a woman was exposed for jumping bail after being charged with alleged cocaine possession by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the anti-narcotics agency has kept mum on the scandal.Olufunke Phillips, who worked as a digital manager for the Lagos State governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, absconded from justice having been granted bail after she was arraigned for illegal possession of 3.14 kilogrammes of cocaine before a federal court in Lagos in 2007.The suspect (real name: Philip Esther Olufunke) was arraigned by the NDLEA before Justice P.I Ajoku of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court before she, alongside 25 others, absconded after being granted bail by the judge.The digital strategist’s sordid past was exposed on March 15 by journalist Ruona Meyer, after a business relationship between the duo went sour.PREMIUM TIMES had spent the last week trying to reach the NDLEA for their comment on the scandal but phone calls and text messages did not get any response.Finally reached on Sunday, nine days after the scandal broke, Jonah Achema, the NDLEA spokesperson, said the agency does not have a position yet on the issue.However, a staff of the agency who did not want to be named told PREMIUM TIMES that the NDLEA’s silence is due to their belief that since the suspect had been charged to court, she’s no longer under the agency’s purview.Ms Meyer, who holds dual Nigerian-German citizenship, had accused Ms Phillips of intellectual property theft.The two former business associates had teamed up years ago to establish ‘The Beverage Space,’ a website that focused on mostly alcoholic drinks.But Ms Meyer, a former BBC journalist, said she was forced to pull the plug on the project after she became aware of Ms Phillips’ dark past.She said her background checks on the woman who had been made the face of the brand showed that she was a fugitive.Years later, Ms Phillips began her own website which she named ‘The Beverage Room,’ and Ms Meyer said it was based on the same ideas as ‘The Beverage Space.’In a series of posts on social media, she explained that she was making a public disclaimer to fully dissociate herself from any business dealings she had with Ms Phillips in the past.Since the scandal broke, repeated efforts to speak with Ms Phillips have been unsuccessful as she has neither picked her calls nor replied text messages.She has also been rarely seen on social media where she, hitherto, participated actively before she was exposed as a fugitive.Her only action on social media ever since was to remove all traces, on both her Facebook and Twitter accounts, of a working relationship with Mr Sanwo-Olu, whom she had actively campaigned for in the run-up to the election.Share this post with your Friends on
Related NewsThe final collation of the Bauchi State Governorship Election results is to commence as officials of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) are about completing the regeneration of results from Tafawa Balewa local government area.INEC annulled results from Tafawa Balewa due to mutilation of the results on Form EC8A at the local government collation centre.The electoral body later reversed its decision and declared that the Tafawa Balewa results would be regenerated from the wards.The governor of Bauchi state, Muhammed Abubakar, challenged the decision in court, urging the commission to instead go ahead with a supplementary poll.A temporary restriction on the process was lifted Monday by the court, paving the way for INEC to complete its collation and announcement of winner.With the court decision, INEC immediately resumed regenerating results from the 11 wards of Tafawa Balewa LGA.As at 4.40pm, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ibrahim Abdullahi, told PREMIUM TIMES that all was set for the final declaration of the Bauchi State Governorship Election.According to the REC, “As soon as the regeneration process is completed and entered into Form EC8A which has been retrieved from the central bank, the state collation centre will open for the final collation and declaration.”He Sections 6 and 7 of the INEC guidelines for the 2019 general elections, empowers a REC, in any case of mutilation of results, to order the local government collation officer to regerate results using form EC8B.He said what went wrong in Tafawa Balewa two weeks ago was that, after the result sheet was destroyed, the local government collation officer entered the results on Form EC8B without the approval of the REC.The INEC office in Bauchi is now busy as security officials, domestic observers, party agents and journalists are gathered outside the governorship collation centre which is still locked and guarded by armed police and DSS officers.Outside the INEC collation centre, thousands of jubilant residents who are supporters of the PDP Governorship candidate, Bala Muhammed, are singing and cheering.Mr Muhammed is leading in the results so far announced and is likely to emerge winner.
Related NewsThe governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’aziz Yari, has called on members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and residents of the state to remain calm and be law-abiding after the Court of Appeal nullified the primaries of the party in the state.PREMIUM TIMES reported on Monday how a Sokoto divisional of Appeal Court set aside the judgement delivered by Zamfara High Court, allowing the APC to field candidates in the 2019 elections.In the judgement, which was adopted by the two other judges in the panel, Tijjani Abubakar and Jamilu Tukur, Justice Tom Yakubu held that the lower court failed to perform its duty to properly evaluate the evidence before it.“The Appeal is hereby allowed. The judgement of the lower court delivered on the 25th, January 2019 by Shankafi in suit No ZMS/GS/52/2018 is hereby set aside. Parties shall bear their costs.”In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Yari said the judgement did not invalidate the Zamfara elections.Below is the statement by Governor YariFollowing the decision by the Sokoto Division of the Court of appeal this morning, setting aside, the rulling by Justice Bello Shinkafi led Zamfara State High Court on the APC Governorship and state assembly Primaries conducted on the 3rd and 7th October last year across the nooks and crannies of Zamfara state.His Excellency the Executive Gov of Zamfara state Hon (Dr) Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar appeals to all the law abiding members of the APC and indeed all the citizenry of Zamfara state including members of all political parties to remain calm and law-abiding, pending the release of the judgement which is currently being prepared for presentation to the public.However, unlike the rumours now awash all social media platforms that the Court of appeal Sokoto Division has nullified our elections, is not true. The statement is incorrect. Those circulating the rumours are doing so to cause mayhem in our state to satisfy the ego of their masters. You may recall that they have been doing so to mislead the public.What the Court of appeal Sokoto Division division did this morning was setting aside the judgement by the Zamfara State High Court on the ground of ” EXAMINATION OF PROOFS OF EVIDENCE “. This has nothing to do with our elections.The Court has not in anyway tempered with our elections, as only Tribunal has the right to listen to issues arising from election matters. Again, the Court of appeal Sokoto Division has not in anyway tempered with the processes of the primary elections. It only faulted the examination of the proofs of evidence.Furthermore, the processes of filing the appeal were done after the expiration of period within which to do so. For these reasons, His Excellency the Executive governor of Zamfara state and Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum and Senator- elect, Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar is appealing to all members of the APC and it’s supporters to remain calm and law-abiding.While awaiting the release of the judgement by the Sokoto Division of the Court of appeal, before taking it to the ” Next Level,” Gov Yari thanks and appreciates the concern by all party members and supporters.SignedMal Ibrahim DosaraHon Special Adviser to the Executive Gov of Zamfara state (Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications )25/03/2019
Related NewsIt is no longer news that Senator Godswill Akpabio was beaten silly by Engr. Christopher Ekpenyong in the Senatorial election for Akwa Ibom North West. Ekpenyong won convincingly in 8 out of the 10 Local Government Areas in the Senatorial District polling 118,215 to Akpabio’s 83,158 votes.The result which demonstrated in graphic terms Akpabio’s mighty fall did not come as a surprise to perceptive observers and analysts. We will now examine the factors which led to Akpabio’s uncommon political demolition.We must admit that Akpabio largely succeeded in conning the whole nation to think of him as a political heavyweight. He always boasted that he was the new Tinubu of Nigerian politics. He was delusional and ready to do anything to sustain himself in power. But, Senator Akpabio’s political strength was grossly overrated.This fact was confirmed when Akpabio left PDP to join APC in August last year virtually alone with only two serving commissioners and 2 out of the 26 members of the State House of Assembly.For a man who always boasted that he was the sole owner of the PDP in Akwa Ibom State and that he SINGLE-HANDEDLY made Udom Emmanuel Governor, Akpabio’s rejection by the entire PDP structure in Akwa Ibom State in August last year at the time of his defection to the APC was a demystification of Akpabio. It also confirmed the fact that Akpabio had lost out woefully to Governor Udom Emmanuel in the battle for the soul of the PDP in Akwa Ibom State.In order to divert attention from his political bashing by Udom Emmanuel, Akpabio made false promises to President Muhammadu Buhari and other APC leaders. Akpabio told the APC leadership that he would defect to the APC with 20 serving Senators and that he (Akpabio) would remove Bukola Saraki as Senate President within one week. He also lied that he would SINGLEHANDEDLY deliver Akwa Ibom State and other South South States to APC during the Presidential election.At the campaigns in Akwa Ibom State, Akpabio and his wife spared no effort in announcing to bemused crowds that he (Akpabio) was the incoming Senate President. In the end, he couldn’t even win his own Senatorial election.Another factor that contributed to Akpabio’s downfall is the fact that he is perceived as a man who is treacherous and lacks integrity. In the build up to the 2015 Presidential elections, Akpabio and even his wife, in several videos now trending on YouTube threw caution to the winds and hurled unprintable insults on President Buhari claiming he was senile and an illiterate without certificate. At that time Akpabio claimed he was ready to die for Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. When hehe was campaigning for Jonathan and insulting Buhari his heart was with Buhari!In 2014 Chief Umana Umana, Don Etiebet, late Dr Ime Umana, Obong Rita Akpan, Dr Ime Okopido, Hon Robinson Uwak, Chief Edet Nkpubre, Engr Ita Awak, Hon Uwem Udoma, Hon Akanimo Edet, Mr. Cosmas Ibanga, Mr. Inibehe Okorie, Hon Sonni Udom, late Okon Uwah and hundreds of other notable leaders of the PDP moved to the APC when they could no longer accept Akpabio’s excesses and impunity.At that time Akpabio saw Akwa Ibom State as a conquered territory and he ran it as his personal estate. He hounded, harassed and persecuted the PDP leaders who moved to APC to campaign for the election of Buhari.Akpabio called these leaders traitors who deserved to die because, according to him, they were supporting a Fulani man. Some of these leaders including Hon Okon Uwah and Albert Ukpana were brutally assassinated after Akpabio issued his oppose- me-and- die order.When Akpabio came to join the APC last year, the APC leaders as a mark of respect and support for President Buhari graciously directed their members to attend the Rally to receive Akpabio into APC. Sadly, acting as a man without a conscience, Akpabio got the national leadership of the Party to announce him as leader of the Party over the same leaders he had persecuted in the past for supporting Buhari.The imposition of Akpabio as leader was done without any prior consultation or attempt to appease the aggrieved leaders. The leaders could only pray for God’s divine intervention to address the injustice.During the 2015 Presidential Elections in Akwa Ibom State, result sheets could not be found in any of the units and Umana Umana led other APC leaders in a mass protest to INEC Office Uyo the day after the elections. By the time Akpabio wrote the results, he allocated about a million votes to Jonathan and about 58000 votes to Buhari whereas the Card Reader Report showed that total accredited voters was less than 500,000.It is instructive that the PDP candidate in the last Presidential election Atiku Abubakar was banking on Udom Emmanuel writing results and allocating one million votes to him following the Akpabio example in 2015. Kudos to President Buhari and INEC who made it possible for elections to hold and votes to count in Akwa Ibom and other States in the South South and South East for the first time, thus ending the era when results were written by unscrupulous politicians and bogus results declared.Akpabio failed the last elections because the people of Abak remembered their sons who suffered untold humiliation and assassination during the reign of Akpabio.The people of Ini and Ikono voted against Akpabio because, as Governor he was a sectional leader who developed only his area and did not build a single kilometer of road in the Ikono/Ini axis and in LGAS like Obot Akara and Oruk Anam of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District.Akpabio is known to have humiliated an illustrious son of Ikono Sen. Aloysius Etuk on National Television in 2012 when he (Akpabio) claimed that he SINGLEHANDEDLY made him a Senator by crossing out the name of the person who won the primaries and replacing it with Etuk’s name. Akpabio in his delusion falsely claims he made everybody in Akwa Ibom State. But who was Akpabio before former Governor Victor Attah appointed him a Commissioner in 2002.Senator Godswill Akpabio used the weapon of blackmail to cause a rift between former President Jonathan and prominent South South leaders such as Rotimi Amaechi and Timipre Sylva. These leaders left the PDP in frustration. Akpabio was to return to APC to humiliate these same leaders who risked their lives when it really mattered to work for the election of President Buhari in 2014/2015. Akpabio arrogantly installed himself as the new leader of the South South who will typically SINGLEHANDEDLY win the states in the zone for APC.Akpabio failed the last elections because the people remembered how he betrayed and paid back with evil all those who helped him in his journey through life- the late Christy Igbokwe, late Ime Umana, late Pastor Onyong Asuquo, Atuekong Don Etiebet, Obong Victor Attah, late Chief Fidelis Etim, OtuIta Toyo, Umana Umana, Arch Bishop Samuel Akpan etc.The list is endless. This explains why many people who understand Akpabio’s record of treachery and ingratitude to his benefactors were amused when he accused Gov. Udom Emmanuel who refused to be his stooge of ingratitude.Akpabio lost the last elections because he couldn’t subvert the will of the people by writing the results of the elections and mocking his victims by advising them to go to court. In the 2015 Senatorial Results for Akwa Ibom North West, Akpabio fraudulently and ridiculously allocated 422,006 votes to himself and 15,152 votes to Chief Inibehe Okorie, whereas the total number of accredited voters was 205,519.To further demonstrate that Akpabio in 2015, unilaterally allocated votes in connivance with the then State INEC REC, in Akpabio’s LGA of Essien Udim, 90,053 were said to have been accredited (in the fabricated results) out of 93,884 registered voters representing a fictitious 95.9% voter turnout!! Thanks to the new REC, Barr. Mike Igini and President Buhari, Akpabio could not repeat the fraud and impunity of 2015 of writing his own result even before the elections. May God bless Mr. Mike Igini and President Buhari for allowing the will of the people to prevail.Finally, for too long Akpabio thought he had become a god who controlled the destiny of the people of Akwa Ibom State and even Nigeria.During the campaigns Akpabio boasted that he could make and unmake governors at his pleasure. He announced himself to the bemused long suffering Akwa Ibom people as the incoming Senate President.In order to con the people of Akwa Ibom State into believing that he had become President Buhari’s confidant he struggled for photo opportunities with the President and gate crashed or bought his way into his events and programs.The social media is filled with photos and videos of Akpabio and President Buhari. The same scenario played out in the case of former President Jonathan when Akpabio professed his unending love for Patience and Good luck Jonathan while insulting and demonizing President Buhari. Akpabio’s penchant for sycophancy, treachery and manipulation is legendary.Akpabio also lost the elections because he brought his PDP culture of impunity and imposition of unpopular candidates to APC. He imposed Emmanuel Ekon, Nse Ntuen, Emmanuel Akpan as candidates for elections and prevented popular and loyal members of the Party from participating in the primaries.Akpabio should accept the reality of his defeat. He is not the only Senator who failed to win his election. Twenty three (23) incumbent Senators failed their reelection bid. Political heavyweights like Senate President Bukola Saraki, Senator George Akume, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi (a sitting governor), Senator Rabiu Kwakwanso, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, Senator Nelson Effiong etc have also not been re-elected.How could Akpabio have won when the APC also lost the three House of Representative seats in his Senatorial District and all National Assembly elections were held at the same time? Akpabio should stop his infantile and baseless accusations against INEC. Independent observers local and foreign have adjudged the last Presidential and National Assembly elections as credible.But in all of these, God has the final say and we must reap what we sow. Karma is as sure as death. But will Akpabio learn. Will he respect the will of the people? Our God, the truly Almighty and Sovereign God heard the cries of all those who prayed for justice.SignedPrince Albert Ukpong Esu,Convener,CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY, POLICY AND VALUE STUDIES, AbujaDr. Ambgare Amabara,Director Civic EngagementCENTER FOR DEMOCRACY, POLICY AND VALUE STUDIES, Abuja