Fresh Trouble looms in Nsit Ubium
….as Victor Bob, Ekokoi Solomon, Don shade Cover dare Effiong Bob over 2019 House of Assembly seat
The decision by the Political Leader of Nsit Ubium Local Government Area, Senator Effiong Bob to back his son as the successor to Barr Onofiok Luke in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly come 2019 may have unsettled the political geometrics of the Local Government Area.
Two weeks ago, a section of Nsit Ubium politicians had gathered and declared total support for Barr Otobong Effiong Bob who is barely 24years old.
Those who understand the politics of this area maintained to THE INK reporter that the endorsement of the Junior Bob was masterminded by the father Senator Effiong Bob.
Although most other stakeholders from Ubium had exonerated the senior Bob from the endorsement, others have kicked saying that the senior Bob cannot impose his son on them.
Amongst those who are in direct opposition to Otobong Bob emerging the next House member for the area are Effiong Bob younger brother Victor who owns and operates a popular bar in Uyo, life power, Don Shade Cover and Ekokoi Solomon.
The trio who are the early contenders for Onofiok Luke’s seat view Effiong Bob’s son interest in the House of Assembly as a misplaced intention.
For Don Shade cover, whether Effiong Bob has brought out his son or not, he is interested in the race and as long as election will be free and fair, he is sure going to win.
Shade cover it could be recalled had eyed the position of the chairman of council but the zoning arrangement of the area that ceded the Chairmanship seat to Nsit axis of the area punctuated his efforts.
Those who are close to Don shade cover informed THE INK last night that the entrepreneur was however promised to be compensated by an election into the House of Assembly come 2019.
Senator Bob’s younger brother Victor who was earlier promoted by the former Lawmaker has rejected the option of Otobong replacing him.
Those who are close to Victor Bob told THE INK that the younger brother to Bob is not happy with his Elder brother that he had to scheme him out after the family had agreed to him running for the office of member AKHA for Nsit Ubium State constituency.
Apart from the duo, a former aspirant to the seat of the Assembly from the area, a seasoned legal expert, Ekokoi Solomon is also very bitter with Bob that he wants to turn the LGA into his private property saying the people of Nsit Ubium will reject Otobong Effiong Bon for himself.
It could be recalled that in 2015 following a gang up against Onofiok Luke led by the Akpabio family, Ekokoi Solomon was tipped by government forces to replace Onofiok.
However, when the chips were down, Onofiok Luke brave all odds and conquered his political foes.
Sources say Effiong Bob was Onofiok’s greatest asset at that time.
Whether Ekokoi was promised a seat in the Assembly by 2019/was as at Press time not clear to THE INK newsdesk but what we can confirm on grounds of authority is that Ekokoi feels this is the time for him to be compensated and supported to take over the position from Onofiok Luke.
While majority of Effiong Bob’s supporters say on Otobong Effiong Bob they stand, others have continued secret meetings towards thwarting the efforts of Bob.
Meanwhile followers of Politics in Nsit Ubium are of the opinion that Otobong Effiong Bob will have his way especially as his father the ex senator remains one of the most reliable politician in Akwa Ibom State that Governor Udom Emmanuel and Obong Paul Ekpo do listen to.
Back home in Nsit Ubium, THE INK reporter was informed that when Nsit People presented the serving Chairman to Bob for endorsement, that Effiong Bob had willingly accepted saying that the Ubium people have accepted Nsit’s nominee and that the people of Nsit extraction should also be ready to accept a nominee from Ubium when the extraction will be presenting her nominee to them for the position of the House of Assembly for the state constituency.
Sources added to THE INK reporter that this is perhaps why the rumpus in the area will not stop Effiong Bob’s son from succeeding Onofiok Luke.
Our medium also understands that a lot of meetings have been ongoing in the area towards the 2019 seat for the state constituency and for now, head or tail, Otobong Effiong Bob, an overseas trained lawyer and son to Effiong Bob is in pole position to clinch the coveted seat.
THE INK understands that if an election is conducted today Effiong Bob and his son will encounter certain opposition but that they will triumph.
Certainly these are interesting times in Nsit Ubium and details of more plots shall be exposed as events unfold.