… Explains the choice of Dr. Atai as Deputy
By Saviour Ekpe
All indications show that the APC (All Progressives Congress) candidate, Obong Nsima Ekere is ready for the governance of Akwa Ibom State in 2019 as governor.
Ekere, a former Deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State under Godswill Akpabio’s administration who was adjudged as the best deputy in the state since the creation of the state in terms of loyalty, capacity and reach. His dint of hard work, which endears him to many Akwa Ibomites even after his exit from office, remains a mystery.
As the 2019 general elections beckon, Ekere has shown commitment, resilience and readiness to take over the governorship of the state at different occasions. In terms of mobilizing and garnering support from stakeholders and eligible voters across political party lines in the 31 local governments of the state. Empowerment of youths has received a great boost in the state and beyond, which according to him, “at the Niger Delta Development Commission, we have invested heavily in training and capacity building for our people. By mid 2018, we had trained more than 22,000 Niger Delta youths in various skill acquisition programme and in most cases, helped to set them up with critical starter packs and mentorship programme”.
A panoramic view of the Akwa Ibom state, sensitization bill boards of Nsima Ekere takes a greater percentage, which analysts say ‘eyes that see, decides positively’. His bill boards professionally in scripted, boldly printed with clear messages showcasing Nsima Ekere’s interest to contest for the office of governor of Akwa Ibom State as many political pundits say that he is ready for the top job in the state.
In a press statement made available to Century Newsfront recently, Obong Nsima Ekere popularly known as ONE announced his running mate in the person of Dr. Amadu Atai, the immediate past Chairman of the APC in Akwa Ibom State. The statement reads in part, “I am delighted to announce that I have chosen a hardworking, dedicated party and family man, Dr. Amadu Atai as my running mate for the 2019 governorship elections in Akwa Ibom State. As the founding State Chairman of the APC, Dr. Atai worked tirelessly to build a strong and formidable party in Akwa Ibom State”.
The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) who described Dr. Atai as, “an extraordinary intellectual with a Ph.D in Political Science. I am honored to have known and worked with this detribalized son of Akwa Ibom State, who has worked very hard to build bridges of hope and opportunities for our people. He will be a good Deputy Governor. His passion for the progress and transformation of Akwa Ibom State makes him the right choice.”
Ekere’s politics according analyst has never been about him but the burden of responsibility for transformational leadership that benefits the greater number of people and communities across his Akwa Ibom State.
Nsima Ekere attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and graduated with a B.Sc. Honours Degree in Estate Management in 1986. He had attended Regina Coeli College, Essene, Ikot Abasi, and Mary Knoll College Ogoja, Cross River State. A Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (FNIVS); Registered Member, Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVRBN); Senior Certified Valuer, International Real Estate Institute (IREI).