Photos: Governor Emmanuel hails virtues of late educationist



 Ndifreke P. Akpan (Govt. House)

Governor Udom Emmanuel has lauded the late Obong Ifiok Linus Nkan for his immense contributions, spiritually and physically to the educational development of his community, maintaining that his departure will create a vacuum in his community, church and family.

He spoke at the funeral of the late community leader, Father of his Commissioner for Finance, Nsikan Linus Nkan, conducted by St Charles Parish, Ikot Ebre at Iwawa Usung Eket Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Akpa Edung, Asutan Ekpe, Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area.

The Governor lamented that the late Linus Nkan will be deeply missed by his children, having left at the age of 72, and said his exemplary life was a lesson for all to learn from.

“I want to believe the life you live, your integrity, your level of loyalty and your dedication to service is actually some of those attributes that you picked from your late father,” he told the Finance Commissioner.

The Governor who commiserated with the family of the deceased, however thanked God for the clement weather, which he said was an honour by God on the family of his Commissioner of Finance, Mr Linus Nkan.

He thanked God for keeping the Commissioner’s mother alive and prayed for good health for her and other members of the family.

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“How I wish, which is also the wish of your family that he stayed a little bit longer, 72 is still quite young, but you can never question God, a times it is not how long but how well”.

He eulogized the Commissioner for being a kind-hearted and committed worker who has acquitted himself in the public and private sector, describing him further as a team player. He commended the Commissioner for his plan to immortalize his late father by building a church, and promised his support and that of his family to the project.

In a testimony, the Son of the deceased and Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Nsikan Linus Nkan said he and his family members were saddened because of the sudden departure of Obong Ifiok Nkan, but were consoled and strengthened by the legacies he left behind.

“In this community, he was recognized as the wisest man and that earned him from the community the title of “Obong Ifiok” which means the King of Wisdom.”

He said the late Septuagenarian was a fighter for social development, a fighter for community development, which saw him brought the Catholic church to his community.

He said as part of support to the legacies that his late father stood for, he and the entire family had decided to build a bigger church to replace the smaller one built by his father in the community.

As a result of his father’s role in the community, Mr Nkan disclosed that the village council had decided to name the ongoing modern village hall that was initiated by the deceased, after him as a memorial.

He thanked the Governor, his wife and every dignitary for the honour on him by attending the funeral, and saying their sorrows have been turned into joy by their presence.

The Late Obongifiok Nkan was born on the 19TH day of APRIL, 1946 at Ikot Akpa Edung, Asutan Ekpe in Ibesikpo Asutan.

He was a professional teacher and station catechist in Sacred Heart Catholic church, Ikot Akpa Edung all though his lifetime.

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Atiku’s Lawyer Not Licensed To Practise in Nigeria – INEC Tells Tribunal



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the petition filed by Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were not signed by a legal practitioner licensed to practise in Nigeria.

Atiku had filed a petition before the presidential election tribunal to challenge the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Atiku’s legal team is led by Livy Uzoukwu with 31 other lawyers.

In its response as the first respondent in the case, INEC said the petition was not signed by a legal practitioner enrolled in the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

The electoral body said the results Atiku claimed to have polled were “invented” solely for the petition, adding that it never transmitted results electronically.

“That the Petitioner’s Petition, List of Witnesses and List of Documents as filed are incompetent and ought to be struck out as same were not signed by a legal practitioner enrolled in the Supreme Court of Nigeria and licensed to practise in Nigeria,” read INEC’s response to Atiku’s petition.

The electoral umpire, however, prayed that the petition be struck out for lack of competence.

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If my helicopter crash was fatal, Kogi State government would have been in trouble – VP Osinbajo says



Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said if the February 2 helicopter crash that occurred in Kogi State was fatal, there would have been trouble, even for the Kogi State government.  

He spoke on Sunday during a special thanksgiving service to celebrate the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC), held at the old Banquet Hall of the State House. He said if those on board had died, there would have been too many assumptions on the circumstances surrounding the incident.  

He thanked God for his life and that of others who were also on board. In his words;

“On February 2nd, God gave me reason to know that but for His grace we would have been consumed, when our helicopter crashed. When the crash occurred, for a moment there was complete silence. For a second, it occurred to me that if we had died, that is what it would have been complete silence. But we all got out without a scratch. God delivered us.  

“God also delivered those in charge of our security; even the government of Kogi State would also have been in trouble. We give God all the glory. I pray God will also be kind to you all also, that you will never be lacking in support, care and genuine prayers. God is surely worthy to be praised. I have no special qualifications to be here but exaltation comes from God.”

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Five best friends who were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings are all now state senators



Five longtime female friends who were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings have each won their state Senate races in this year’s midterm elections in the United States.

The women who are all Democratic candidates — Tammy Story, Faith Winter, Jessie Danielson, Brittany Pettersen and Kerry Donovan — all swept their state Senate in Colorado, People reported Wednesday.

The women, who call themselves “The Fab Five,” helped flip the state Senate to a Democratic majority for the first time in five years, the publication noted.

Danielson, who currently serves as member of the Colorado House of Representatives, told the magazine:

We were all in it together.

Each of the women said they helped the others face negative criticism and slander during their campaigns.

Winter said:

Through the campaign, the five of us were very supportive of each other. We had several text chains where we would check in with one another and see how we were doing.

If a particularly bad ad or piece of mail came out, we would reassure each other on the text chain, ‘Have you seen the mail? It’s so awful, how are you doing?’

The friends are among the more than 2,000 women who are gearing up to take office in state legislatures nationwide next year.

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