By Uwemedimo Eti-Obot
In 1999 when Obong Victor Attah was elected the first governor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Emmanuel Enoidem was discovered to be very stable and uncompromised once he believes in any cause.
He became a powerful state principal officer of the PDP. As a matter of fact, he was a close and very trusted ally of the state Governor, Obong Victor Attah, because of his integrity.
That very word integrity was all it takes for Governor Godswill Akpabio to invite Emmanuel Enoidem into his newly formed cabinet in 2007, despite the fact that Enoidem did not support him in his governorship election. “Enoidem, is a powerful currency.”
He is a force. As a commissioner for special duties, he excellently supervised the delivery of very sensitive legacy projects embarked upon by the Akpabio administration, such as the Akwa Ibom International Airport, the Nest of Champions and other urban renewal projects. Enoidem was the most trusted and reputed to be very capable by Godswill Akpabio.
This level of trust between the two was more than a bond. It was what competency, loyalty, integrity and uncompromised love for worthy commitments gave birth to Emmanuel Enoidem was the only commissioner out of many that was found very reliable to handle that sensitive responsibility of midwifing the transition from Governor Godswill Akpabio’s government to that of Udom Gabriel Emmanuel in 2015. It takes unique qualities such as possessed by Enoidem to be repeatedly entrusted to handle very critical assignments.
Since 1999 when PDP came into power, one man from Ikot Ekpene Senatorial district has continued to demonstrate excellent trust. Think about this; three performing administrations of eight straight years relying on a reputation of one man?
Another transition from one government to another is right here, as His Excellency, Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, is already on his glorious exit. Emmanuel Enoidem again out of the very few trusted men in the system is commissioned to pilot the succession plans and he is steering the victorious ship perfectly well under the Maintain Peace Movement.
His outstanding qualities have earned and are still earning him more respect across the state and beyond. Therefore, the entire people of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District cannot do less for a man tested and proven to be very trustworthy.
So many forces will work to Enoidem’s advantage, hence his victory at the polls. Both the senatorial and state machinery will be fully deployed to give backings for a trusted character, a man who will never abandon the mandate and his people to pursue his selfish interest, a man who is known for his integrity, who will not sell out for peanuts.
Enoidem’s senatorial election is not only the affair of the Abak Federal Constituency, it goes beyond Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District. It will be a state matter for a worthy reputation.
All the enumerated qualities about this Icon can never be challenged otherwise. And no amount of blackmails can change that.
He has been responsible for many to succeed either as: governors, commissioners, board chairmen/ members, state and national assembly members, LGA chairmen, PAs, SAs SSAs and councilors/supervisors including numerous empowerments to men and women.
Only a born ingrate can be a beneficiary of his goodwill and turn to fight him. He has watered many to succeed. It is time to water him too. Emmanuel Enoidem will be the next Senator for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in 2023 and beyond.