Browsing: Udom Emmanuel

The Industry Awards team of assessors led by the Leadership Newspaper, South West General Manager,  Chima Akwaja also named the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor,  Godwin Emefiele, Chairman, Troyka Holdings- Dr. Biodun Shobanjo, Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank Plc-  Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, as Regulatory Officer of the Year, Doyen of Advertising in Africa, Banker of the Year respectively.

Apart from former Senator Effiong Bob, who was hitherto seen as a pretender among contenders for next governorship position, Onofiok was the only one among gubernatorial hopefuls present at the meeting. While the former has proven to be a perfect person pliable for goading, as he sheepishly and immediately jumped on the bandwagon, singing songs for a man who never indicated interest on his own to vie for any elective post, the latter has shown to the world that there is distinction in dissension, especially when done to illuminate truth amidst darkness of falsehood orchestrated by majority.

The development is contained in a statement signed Tuesday, by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem in Uyo, the State’s capital.

On January 30, a handful of persons selected by Governor Udom Emmanuel under the auspices of “Stakeholders”, led by former Governor Victor Attah announced Eno the preferred person to succeed the current governor. Eno, who occupies the office of the Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources since January last year, had neither discreetly nor openly planned to run for elective post, let alone the coveted post of the governor. His choice, as mentioned again and again by the governor, is the voice of God. But the spying eyes of the public saw Udom’s family led by Gabriel Nkanang, his elder brother and sage of the family, playing a major role in getting Eno to be anointed by an apostle who is diversifying from impecunious ministry of winning souls for Christ to money-spinning venture of elevating people to pinnacle of political power.

As expected, most times, his Biblical quotations are used to justify his actions and condemn or warn those who engage in acts that are not in the interest of the people.

However, the first time I heard and saw Udom move a crowd to frenzy, he spoke extempore. That was five years ago when he addressed Obong Attah at an event organised by Senator Effiong Bob to mark his wife’s 50th birthday; in Abuja.

Then he went Biblical when he deliberately compared that moment to the crossing of River Jordan by the Israelites; into the Promised Land. Within Biblical context, whenever one talks about the Promised Land, then he has gone beyond a mere political promise into something more ecclesiastical. This implies a covenant—unbreakable bond.