*He comes with a past packed with excellent public service record and a promise of better Akwa Ibom State if elected
Available report says two term Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Effiong Bob has joined Akwa Ibom State Governorship Race ahead of the 2023 general poll. Effiong Bob is yet to officially declare his reported interest to seek the highest political office in the state. He makes the fifth in the lineup of Governorship aspirants within the PDP so far chronicled by the Press.
A state base tabloid which broke news of Bob’s Gubernatorial ambition during the week, also listed Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, the Senator representing Uyo Senatorial District, Rt Hon Onofiok Luke, member representing Etinan Federal Constituency, Hon Akan Okon, Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport as aspirants seeking to succeed governor Udom Emmanuel under the ticket of the PDP. Other governorship hopeful seeking the office in the ruling party, according to the report includes Hon Ini Ememobong, Commissioner for Information and Mr James Iniema, Estate Valuer and Akwa Ibom State 2007 Gubernatorial candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
The said report listed Senator John Udoedehe, Secretary, Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC, Senator Ita Enang, Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Billionaire Business man, Akan Udofia as seeking the office under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Senator Effiong Bob, Lawyer by profession, is a former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Akwa Ibom State. Bob served under Obong Victor Attah and as Commissioner for Justice and State Attorney General, he coordinated the famous onshore offshore oil dichotomy case whose victory is one of the defining milestones of the famous Obong Attah’s government. The case berthed the monthly 13% derivation cash enjoyed by Niger Delta States currently.
Senator Effiong Bob hails from Ikot Ekwere in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area, Etinan Federal Constituency and Uyo Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom State which the PDP had zoned her Governorship ticket to. Sen Bob has been a Local government Chairman, a member of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly before being appointed Commissioner by Obong Victor Attah. In the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Bob served as Deputy Speaker of the House.
A State Working Committee member of the PDP who is close to Senator Bob who confirmed his (Sen Bob) entry into the race described him (Senator Effiong Bob) as PDP’s winning streak in view of the scandals trailing most of the leading aspirants within the party and the task of beating opposition and retaining PDP in power beyond Governor Udom Emmanuel. He said: “He comes with a past packed with excellent public service record and a promise of better Akwa Ibom State if nominated as governorship candidate of the PDP and elected governor of Akwa Ibom State. He does not have any scandal and cannot be blackmailed by opposition if he becomes governorship candidate of our party because of his excellent record of public service in Akwa Ibom State”.
“I am interested in his aspiration. I know he is running and we want somebody like him because from his record, he has an antecedent that can beat whoever the opposition will bring up for the contest. He is calm, very articulate and very connected to the people of the state. He is strategic and successful. He has a star, an excellent spirit of wisdom that will make him spotted in any crowd of people. That is why Obong Attah spotted him, made him a Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State. He did well before being endorsed by then Governor Victor Attah who incidentally was from Uyo Senatorial District to represent Uyo Senatorial District in the upper Chamber. That was a big endorsement by Obong Attah who is still very much around and very respected among the political class in Akwa Ibom State”.
Findings made by the Press shows that apart from his tract record of service and competence, his being tutored by Obong Victor Attah may be a big selling point for the erudite lawyer and scholar. Senator Effiong Bob is from a strong political block in the state, the Obong Attah’s/ PDP aborigines. We learnt his main backers are drawn from the Attah’s old boys who are plotting a return to power. Till date, the Attah’s political block is the most respected because they were selected on merit by Attah and they ran an effective, prudent administration and ensured peace and security given that the government would not allowed criminal elements in power and would not tolerate any uprising common to what succeeded the Government between 2007-2015. This political class may spring a surprise in 2023, a source said. “The image they have created for themselves among members of the public and the need of the time which is having a successor who can ensure the peace and stability brought in by Governor Udom Emmanuel is sustained after he leaves office”, our source in PDP SWC hinted.