Dr Alex Egbona was the Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House in the course of the period of Donald Duke as Governor of Cross River State, and was elevated to the place of Chief of Staff when Senator Liyel Imoke took over as governor. He left the workplace in 2014 to contest the Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency seat however was denied the chance. He recontested and this time, regardless of being an APC member in a PDP state, Egbona was declared winner as the one APC consultant and finally offered together with his certificates of return to symbolize Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency. He spoke on his dedication to maintain his marketing campaign guarantees, amongst different points. Excerpts:
How do you assess the efficiency of people who’ve been on that seat prior to now?
It will probably be unfair to guage anyone’s efficiency. That is prior to now. Of what use will it’s to my people if I start to guage my predecessors? What you need to understand is that in case you proceed to repair your gaze on the previous, you’ll miss your goal. For the aim of your query, I’ll solely reply by saying that each one my predecessors did their finest.
There have been considerations in regards to the concern of your Certificate of Return as your identify was stated to be initially lacking from INEC’s checklist
My consideration was drawn to this after INEC introduced the date for the issuance of certificates of return to winners of the election. Of course we obtained in contact with INEC to search out out what occurred and we have been instructed that it was due to the identical concern of the so-called court order which had been put aside by an Appeal Court order, which made nonsense of the excessive court order. INEC’s consideration had earlier been drawn to the court of appeal order they usually did the suitable factor by issuing me the certificates of return, alongside my different colleagues.
How did you’re feeling whenever you have been introduced winner of the Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency election?
Our election came about on February 23, 2019. Before that day, I had traversed the nooks and crannies of the constituency to promote my programmes and imaginative and prescient to the people. I visited each ward within the two native governments and consulted broadly. I campaigned vigorously. But one thing occurred on the eve of that election. The information was viral, that I and different APC candidates had been delisted by INEC, that means that we weren’t to participate within the election once more. Of course this was a severe menace to us. That night time, we obtained a whole lot of calls from our supporters who have been already confused and destabilised. But having identified that it was a ploy by our opponents to weaken and distract us, we moved forward and inspired our supporters to push on. The drama and video games have been belly-aching however you see, when God’s hand is upon a undertaking, all of the demons in hell put collectively can’t cease it. I used to be so assured of victory and that was what I obtained on the finish of the day. So, that Monday once I obtained the information that I’ve been declared winner, I merely knelt down, with palms lifted up, to thank God for exhibiting that he’s not simply the best way maker, he’s in actual fact, the best way. If you ask me, I might say that the victory we obtained on the ballot was a affirmation that God has heard the cry of the people of Abi/Yakurr Local Government. So, I’ll say that this victory is just not about me, it’s about the way forward for the people of my constituency.
Having scaled all of the hurdles, what are the people anticipating from you?
I’ve stated from the primary day I used to be declared winner, that I’ll preserve all the guarantees I made to my people, for which motive they voted for me. All those that know me are conscious that I’m that politician who preserve my guarantees. Yes, I do know that people don’t consider within the guarantees made by politicians. But make your findings, ask questions on me, do impartial investigations about my political character and pedigree and you’ll absolutely persuade your self that I’m a politician with conscience. At the danger of being seen to be self-praising, consider me, I’ve a reputation to guard and for the 4 years that I’ll serve within the House of Representatives, I’ll present to this nation, that one can serve his people selflessly.
But others have been saying similar
For the avoidance of doubt, I wish to let that I didn’t search this workplace for myself or members of my household. I selected to contest as a result of I wanted the platform to be of assist to many people. As a non-public one that has been out of workplace for the previous 4 years, I nonetheless touched lives. I get excited once I put smiles on the faces of people, particularly the poor. I really feel completely happy once I empower people. This is what I’ll proceed to do, for so long as God retains me alive. During my campaigns, I made guarantees. What I’ve deliberate to do is actually borne out of my pure ardour to current myself because the ladder that people must climb to the highest. I’ve an unrepentant ardour to assist, to increase a hand to the much less privileged. It is my interest to make people smile. This I’ve carried out as a behavior each year, underneath my empowerment scheme.
What do you hope to do for the plenty?
Many of our people have benefitted from this scheme. I began the empowerment scheme at a time that I by no means even nursed the ambition to contest an election. I did it as a interest. During the subsequent 4 years, I’ll help farmers throughout farming season, I’ll help merchants to allow them enhance on or add worth to their companies and in addition give scholarship to the needy. I’ll help indigent college students within the cost of college charges as I’ve at all times carried out after which introduce what I name conditional money switch to some girls within the constituency to boost their companies. Within the primary two years of my tenure, I’ll construct a contemporary cottage hospital for my people. I consider God will present the assets for this as a result of it is among the programmes I maintain dearly. Those who want to study expertise can be given the chance to amass expertise of their alternative. By the time I go away the seat, people will know that there was a person who occupied the seat and didn’t care about himself, however selected to hassle rather more about his people. All I ask for is nice well being from the Almighty.
Where do you see your self within the subsequent 10 years?
The future belongs to God. I’ve not achieved something in life with out God. He guidelines in my affairs. As an individual, I can solely stay up for one of the best. I see myself repeatedly exhibiting kindness to all people round me, whether or not in public workplace or not. As God retains me alive, I’ll proceed to do what is nice, to please God and man.
How will you deal with the strain out of your constituency and out of your occasion, being that you’re the one APC elected consultant within the state for now?
Have you ever heard of the traditional proverb that claims ‘God gave the cow a tail, knowing that a time will come when she will need to chase flies with the tail?’ I’ll go away it at that.
People have stated that your former boss, Senator Liyel Imoke labored exhausting to cease you from successful the election. What actually occurred?
Maybe I ought to rephrase the query to learn thus, that my former boss labored exhausting to win the election for his occasion, the PDP. If you place it that manner, I’ll say you have got a degree, as a result of each good occasion man will at all times need his occasion to win an election. But to speak about me and former boss is a unique factor altogether. I at all times consider that people have the suitable to say no matter they like. Talk is free. But what I’ll such as you to take house is that the distinguished Senator Liyel Imoke, former governor of Cross River State, my former boss, my chief, my political mentor is a person I respect and reverence always. The historical past of my political profession can’t be full with out mentioning him. Imoke stays my father and chief. No matter how a toddler grows, irrespective of the place the kid will get to in life, a father will at all times stay the daddy. Anybody who jokes with the daddy’s blessing doesn’t know what they’re doing. So, I respect Imoke and can at all times do. Our relationship is past politics
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