Former Chief of Staff to the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-Eyen has said that the revelation on the identity of the next governor of the state won’t come via iPad.
Ephraim Inyang-eyen made this comment on Saturday at a rally organized for the Senator Representing Uyo Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Bassey Albert by Youths of Eket Senatorial District.
TheMail Newspaper reports that Governor Udom Emmanuel has repeatedly stated his fondness for his iPad, emphasizing on several occasions that when he leaves office in May 2023, the only things he will take from Government House will be his laptop and iPad.
“Don’t allow anybody deceive you, I heard them saying they had revelation via iPad, revelation is not via iPad. God does not give one man revelation. The Bible says that in the mouth of 3 or 4 witnesses, truth is established. God has told me that OBA is the next governor”, Ephraim Inyang said.
TheMail Newspaper can report that there have been speculations over the past years on Ephraim’s preferred candidate for the PDP guber ticket. Saturday’s event is the first time the former Commissioner for Works has openly declared his support for Senator Bassey Albert Akpan mostly known by the locals as OBA.
He said for stepping down for the incumbent governor to get the PDP ticket 8 years ago and for standing by Udom again in 2019 when other serving Senators from Akwa Ibom had left him, OBA should be given the right of first refusal come 2023.
“I stand on this podium on the basis of truth. That what is good for the goose is good for the gander. In 2014, OBA was the central candidate who stepped down for our son and we gave a promise that when it is the turn of Uyo he will have the right of first refusal. It has come to Uyo, OBA should be given the right of first refusal. In 2019, our governor was deserted by the senators that we sent to Abuja. It was Senator OBA that stood with us. If a man would defend the state at moments of war, when “Warsaw saw war” and “war saw Warsaw”, it was only senator OBA that stood with us to fight the war and we had victory. Let me ask a question, if someone stands with you to fight a war and you get victory, shouldn’t he be rewarded? Does OBA not deserve reward for standing with the governor to fight all the battles for our governor to win first term and win second term?”
“I came here today to tell Eket Senatorial District, support who knows you by name so that the person can remember you. Do not accept strangers again because when they enter the house, they won’t remember you. Senator OBA shall remember people, Senator OBA remembers people. All of us shall stand with Senator Bassey Albert. He is a giver, he is a lover of people.
“If anybody says he wants to be governor, that person must show past record of what he has done for the people. OBA has past record, Senator OBA has history, Senator OBA has something to show. Nobody should deceive people again. Whoever wants to run for election should come and run on his own.
“I want to tell Eket Senatorial District that we need a governor who has relationship with the people of Eket Senatorial District, so that he will eat and remain for us. I heard the women saying things are too hard, when OBA becomes Governor things won’t be hard again.
“That Same God that told me to support my brother (Governor Udom Emmanuel), also told me to support you (OBA) that you are the next Governor of Akwa Ibom. These words remain irreversible because God ordered me to say so and it shall be established”, Ephraim Inyang said.
TheMail reports that the event had in attendance top chieftains of PDP in the state including Sir Emem Akpabio, a relative of former Governor Godswill Akpabio, and Bishop Andrew Unwanta who was the National Chairman of the now defunct Akwa Ibom Consolidation Alliance (ACA), a group which in 2015 was the equivalent of Maintain Peace Movement (MPM).