Comrade Ini Ememobong: The tormentor in Chief of opposition parties in Akwa Ibom State
By Emma Akpabio
Apart from the superlative performance of the Akwa Ibom State Governor – Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, no research is needed to verify the fact that, another major force tormenting the opposition political parties in Akwa Ibom State, is the publicity Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), headed by a competent legal luminary, widely known as Comrade Ini Ememobong Esq.
To say that his emergence as the PDP Publicity Secretary has overwhelmed and destabilised the publicity techniques of other political parties in Akwa Ibom State, is neither an exaggeration nor a hasty generalisation.
Apart from being a member of the working committee of the party, one would have literally believed that the responsibility of the Publicity secretary, is limited to ensuring that his party receives the widest possible media coverage. But comrade Ememobong has revealed to many, that a political party can also actualise the task of poverty alleviation, by training and empowering not just her party members, but also the electorates and citizens of a State, irrespective of party affiliation.
Though Nigeria has more than 50 registered political parties, the PDP successive governments in Akwa Ibom State, through excellent performance, has not only relegated other political parties to the mud, but has also been a consistent force militating against their growth. All progressive Congress – APC, not exempted.
Like Itoro Noah, a social and political commentator would say “Beyond media hype and away from superficial composition to tangible activities integral to the economic development of any people and nation, PDP and APC are not in any way at close ranks”. In addition, I would say that the two parties in Akwa Ibom State, have nothing in common, ranging from: organisation, transparency, accountability, integrity and lots more.
Akwa Ibom State PDP has series of economic programmes, instigated by the Publicity Secretariat to better the lives of the citizens. Unlike in years back, where ever young people in Akwa Ibom gather today, most of their discussions centre on how to partake in the PDP Business quests, which offers opportunity for Entrepreneurs to publicise their businesses on air, and still stand a chance of winning thousands of naira to support their businesses.
Youth restiveness, idleness, and quest for white collar and civil service jobs have been reduced to minimum.The Akwa Ibom State PDP, under the leadership of Obong Paul Ekpo, through the State government, at intervals, organises entrepreneurial Trainings for all interested persons on carpentry, tie and die, make-up, catering and lots of other skills. Successful Trainees are given working tools at the completion of the training period. All these and lots of others, give sleepless nights and at all times, torment other political parties on what to tell Akwa Ibom people and her residents on why their party is better than PDP.
Away from official responsibilities and other assigned tasks, cmrd Ememobong has carved a niche for himself, in the political history of Akwa Ibom State. He remains the only Publicity Secretary that takes the empowerment of his people and the youths as a core responsibility. It’s just a matter of time and chance, the world will someday arise, at the revelation of Comrade Ini Ememobong Esq.,
His friendly disposition, empowerment capacity, creativity and professional dexterity, makes him the tormentor in chief of all political parties in Akwa Ibom State, including the All Progressive Congress -APC.