Jude Okwe in Calabar
Following his endorsement as the new political leader of Mbube ethnic group in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State, the stage is now set for Lagos lawyer, Mr. Joe Oshie Abang, to realise his ambition of succeeding Governor Liyel Imoke in 2015.
Abang stepped down for Imoke in 2007 based on the agreement by the people of Cross River North Senatorial District that the governor should be supported for re-election so that in 2015, power would shift to the district to complete the circle of rotation and thus avoid complaints of marginalisation at the seat of power.
The appointment of Abang as political leader was announced after the people of Mbube East met on December 23, 2012 at Oboso to chart a way forward for their political future with a view to remaining relevant in Cross River State and by extension Nigerian politics.
After various meetings, discussions, rallies and visits to the elites and political gladiators of Mbube, participants decided finally to crown Abang as their new political leader, based on his ability to galvanise the people for unity and political relevance, his contribution to the educational development of the zone and contribution to the general development of the area.
Abang’s mandate among other things is to plot a new agenda for the political future of Mbube and thus build bridges of unity and alliances with other groups in the state pursuing similar political programmes of even development anchored on progressive politics and which in the main would fetch the desired dividends of democracy.
“The new political leadership position bestowed on Barrister Abang came as an unusual Christmas gift to him by his people. He had no choice than to accept the wishes of people as their new political leader. He thanked his people and promised to do all within his power to see to their future needs, and to actualize the yearnings, dreams and aspirations of the people of Mbube East”, a communique signed by Thomas Odey and three others said.
It was agreed that “the fast tracking of equal representation across board and the struggle for equal political blocs across the various political entities making up Ogoja political circuit should be pursued vigorously” and that Abang should use his clout and connections to see to the end of the marginalization of the people of Mbube East.
“The need for broad base, concrete and in-depth consultations between the leaders and their people before major political decisions are taken in Mbube East” was stressed even as periodic meeting of members of the executive committee and the political leader to fine tune strategies for future political activities as they affect the people of Mbube East was also canvassed.
The meeting agreed that there should be an open line of communication between all stakeholders to avoid rumour mongering and rancor that may generate bad blood and that there was no going back on the future political plans and expectations of the people.
Mbube is the second largest ethnic group in Ogoja after Bakor and is no push over in the politics of the Local Government and the state at large.