As the countdown to the 2019 general elections gathers momentum, those with eyes on various elective positions are already evolving diverse strategies. The shift in ideological positions is becoming apparent. These gladiators are latching to any available straw in order to outwit each other.
It is quite unfortunate that in this benighted landscape called Nigeria, agberos, 419 kingpins, failed businessmen and other charlatans have held sway as politicians and leaders. Little wonder, the nation has been engaged in ‘’forbacky’’ dance (dancing to and fro and ending at the exact spot where it started) five decades after independence.
But in the midst of this sordid tale, there are few Nigerians that have refused to be manacled by political opportunism. They are oasis in the desert called the Nigerian landscape. Dr Alex Egbona, one-time deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Donald Duke of Cross River State is one such politician. Over the years, Dr Egbona, an enigmatic personality by all standards, has been tested and proven to be an unrelenting hard worker, who ran punishing schedules in order to meet the needs and aspirations of his people. Similarly, as a debonair and suave politician with an unparallel sense of professionalism, he has through burst of creativity and stupendous energy, carved a successful political niche for himself in the state.
A man’s greatness, it is often said, does not consist of what he has or the amount of wealth he has gathered for himself, but rather how much such a man has been able to use that which God has entrusted under his care to support and assist the less privileged and those who are not fortunate to be blessed like him. That Egbona has used his previous privileged positions to meritoriously serve the cause of humanity is not in doubt and it speaks volumes about what he can further do if entrusted with a higher responsibility.
And that explains why the people of Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency are desperately clamouring for him to step forward and represent them in the Federal House of Representatives come 2019 under the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC). The reason(s) for this yearning for Dr Egbona is not far-fetched: those that had hitherto represented the people of the constituency in Abuja have failed to justify their mandates, especially with regards to meeting the needs and aspirations of the people of the constituency.
And because Dr Egbona has been tried and tested and has proven to be an embodiment of humility, selflessness and patriotism, he is now seen as the only one politician with the requisite pedigree who could go to Abuja and faithfully represent them in terms of delivering democracy dividends to the constituency.
To those who have been following the trajectory of Dr Egbona’s exacting public life, he is one politician who treasures the noble principles or ethics of hard work as a complimentary factor to the supporting hands of his creator to attain lofty heights in life. On all counts, he is a silent achiever who does not deserve the services of sycophants or paid agents to herald his solid achievements in the public domain.
In a nation where people plot their ways into positions of leadership with the basest of desperation and using the most violent or diabolical means, it is to Egbona’s eternal credit that he attained his through exemplary display of leadership qualities. Just by being at the right position at the opportune moments, Egbona has come to approximate the fate and fortunes of the hoi polloi. And that explains why his supporters and even his critics in the constituency are craving for him to step forward to represent them in 2019.
This is quite understandable. In a situation where other constituencies in the federation are working seriously at fever pitch level to send their first eleven to represent them in Abuja, Abi/Yakurr cannot afford to delegate a second or third eleven.NEVER!!! Similarly, considering the yawning gap existing between the infrastructural facilities and the basic needs of the people, Abi/Yakurr constituency is in a hurry to catch up with its counterparts in other parts of Nigeria. And that is a legitimate and noble expectation from a people that have long been held captive by the forces of retrogression.
Just who is Dr Alex Egbona? Born on October 15, 1964 in Agbara Egboronyi, Egbona had his primary school education in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State, after which he proceeded to Agbo Comprehensive Secondary School from 1975-1980/82 for his WAEC. Not quite satisfied with the academic laurel in his kitty, his thirst for further education found expression at Federal School of Arts and Science, Ogoja and subsequently, University of Port Harcourt, where he graduated with B. Sc. Education (Hons) Degree in Economics in 1990.
To underscore the fact that his academic prowess was not a fluke, Egbona went ahead to obtain a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Calabar; another masters degree in Educational Administration and Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) in Educational Administration and Planning with special interest in Policy Formulation and Implementation.
After his mandatory national youth service, he taught briefly at Kaduna State Polytechnic, Zaria; thereafter, his crave for politics took him out of the classroom and landed him on the soapbox where he contested and won election as councilor under the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC). He did not end his political career there as the magnetic pool of politics lured him further into contesting and winning election into the Cross River State House of Assembly. However, the inauguration of that Assembly was aborted by the sudden death of the then Head of State, late General Sani Abacha.
The icing on the cake of Egbona’s political career was his appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff to the then Governor Donald Duke of Cross River State immediately after his stint as Special Assistant, Special Duties. Egbona, who had also held top management positions, including the Managing Director of Abi Marketing Company (Abi Mart), equally served at various times as consultant to eminent politicians and corporate bodies within and outside Cross River State.
As a matter of fact, the more 2019 inches closer, the more desperate the people of Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency inCross in River State become in their quest to have Dr Alex Egbona contest the election into the Federal House of Representatives to represent them.
His admirers are on the same page in their opinion of Egbona, with majority of them insisting that few have been so steadfast in the pursuit of their common cause like him. Few have professed as much social commitment to the burning issues of Abi/Yakurr like Egbona. He is one politician who combines intellectual prowess with organizational ability and political astuteness. As he hearkens to the voices of his people by stepping forward to contest in 2019, Egbona should be rest assured that his victory is as certain as the breaking of day after night.
– Ochela wrote in from Abuja.
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