Cross River 2023: ‘It Is Either You Are Satan Or A Saint’ — Etang Blasts Obono-Obla For Attacking Gershom Bassey


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Cross River 2023: ‘It Is Either You Are Satan Or A Saint’ — Etang Blasts Obono-Obla For Attacking Gershom Bassey



Cross River 2023: ‘It Is Either You Are Satan Or A Saint’ — Etang Blasts Obono-Obla For Attacking Gershom Bassey

According to the Greek Mythology Hecate was a three faced goddess with a torch light in all the arms, clad in long robes facing every direction with confusion, surrounded by wild dogs, barking anybody unless you worship him. This best befit Obono, You cannot blow hot and cool at the same time, it is either you are Satan or a Saint. Each time I see our supposedly elite failing to speak truth to power, I become so disturb about the few generation.


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Men should practice what they preach. Mr. Obono Okoi- Obla will preach in favour of Zoning in his central senatorial district for the old Obubra and cry against marginalisation from the Old Ikom bloc, but will be against zoning and rotation in gubernatorial elections and at the same time yearn for the APC presidential ticket to be zone to the south.

This is a PDP internal intrigues that you are so obsessed with. If you are interested in joining PDP express your interest, after all you have been thrown overboard in your Party, after they have used you for so many hatchet jobs.


Your records of witchhunting your brothers in sisters when you were in that your Artemis-Special Presidential panel is opened and you have no moral justification and standing to demand from Senator Gershom Bassey how he became a naira and dollar billionaire when you are yet to clear yourself from Corruption and fraud charges.

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When he was branded broke arse, lazy and incompetent you never made an inquest.


Can Obono Obla show case his competent aspirants that is better than the arrays of aspirants from the south?

Senator Gershom Bassey has stated that they midwife the blue print that ran Cross River before the unfortunate derail and has what takes to revamp the economy back to his feet.

His facilities was you to house the political gladiators and bigwig of this state for over, 6 years before they took over power in 1999. Where was Obono obla? When it matters most he mortgaged his properties overseas to raise funds to secure the franchise of his party. I’m sure by that year Obla only sees Abuja in TV and newspapers, even he must visit it was through night bus attachment seat as life wasn’t that rosy. Senator Gershom Bassey is a Pan-Nigeria and have built network of friends and goodwill he is not an ethnic and tribal bigot.


A man had been on the state strategic and advisory board for 16 years and ran water board successfully, one of the top 5 Senator in terms of bills and oversight and your are still talking about competency?

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Obla don’t you think this is bare-faced hatred and disdain to the people of the South?


You could call recall that Barr. OBONO OKOI-OBLA is still answering 10 court charges with the ICPC according to Premium Times of 23rd January 2021.

The ICPC alleged in the 10 counts read to Mr Obono-Obla and his co-defendants on Friday 22nd January 2021 that the defendants, in 2018, conspired with one another, to divert N19,994,185 meant for the furnishing of SPIP offices.


It alleged that the fund received from the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), was “diverted to the personal account of Aliyu Ibrahim, using proxy companies, without furnishing the said SPIP offices as proposed to the NDIC”.


The alleged offence was said to have contravened Section 26(1)(c) and punishable under Section 19 of Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.


In another count, the anti-corruption agency alleged that Mr Obono-Obla dishonestly used as genuine “a Mary Knoll College, Ogoja, General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level, May/June 1982 (GCE) Statement of Result for Ofem Okoi Ofem with candidate No: 09403/247 showing an O’Level credit (6) score for Literature in English”.



It also alleged that he used “part of the five O’Level credit requirement for you to study Law for the 1985/86 academic session in UNJOS (the University of Jos)”.

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The agency alleged that Mr Obono-Obla used the result despite having “reason to believe that the document (GCE)” the basis upon which he was admitted to study Law in UNIJOS, “was forged” and he never never sat for the English Literature examination for May/June 1982 GCE”.


He was also accused of making false document around November 1985, regarding the GCE certificate. alleged offence was said to be contrary to sections 366 and 363 and punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code.


In another count, the ICPC alleged that Mr Obono-Obla, around July 2018 in Abuja, “failed to attend/honour an invitation” by ICPC for an investigation, contrary to Section 28(1)(a) and (6) and punishable under section 28(10) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.


Defendants plead not guilty, granted bail


The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.


Their lawyers urged the court to grant bail to their clients on liberal terms.


The prosecuting counsel, Samuel Ipinlaiye, who initially opposed the defendants’ bail application, later withdrew his objection.


He urged the court to grant them bail on conditions that would ensure they attend their trial.


Ruling, the judge, Olukayodue Adeniyi, granted them bail in the sum of N10milion with a surety each.

However, he was eventually sacked by PMB and the office disbanded .


●Francis Etang

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