As the next general elections draw nearer, the people of Akwa Ibom state are anxiously waiting to see who will succeed Udom Emmanuel as the next governor of Akwa Ibom State. As observed in the political terrain, the state is gradually becoming tensed as aspirants have started meeting with delegates from different local government areas and placed some of them on monthly salary.
However, among the aspirants sprouting out every day for the governorship, there are top three politicians in the state aiming for the same position the people expect one among them to become Akwa Ibom governor come 2023.
1. SENATOR OBA: Senator Bassey Albert Akpan popularly called OBA is a member of the Nigerian Senate. He is the senator representing Uyo senatorial district in the red chamber. It is no longer news that he is aggressively aiming to become the governor of Akwa Ibom state in 2023 after Udom Emmanuel. The people see him as someone who understands the party and grassroots politics. Also, he seems to have grassroots supporters across the state. A good number of Akwa Ibomites want him to be the governor of Akwa Ibom state in 2023.
2. HON. ONOFIOK LUKE: Onofiok Akpan Luke is the member representing Etinan Federal Constituency in the Green Chamber. A former Speaker in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly. Though young, the people of Akwa Ibom state eagerly want him to be the governor of Akwa Ibom state come 2023. He is also widely loved by both youths and the elders and very vibrant. Also, he relates with people on the streets without any form of segregation, and he terms to understand very well the grassroots politics hence the reason the people want him to succeed Udom Emmanuel as governor.
3. COMR. INI-EMEMOBONG: Though he has not openly told anybody that he wants to contest for governor but according to the people, his body language partly shows he is aiming for the governorship in 2023. Comrade Iniememobong is one of the vibrant young politicians in Akwa Ibom State that has worked closely with Governor Udom Emmanuel since 2015 to date. He was the state Publicity Secretary of PDP and currently the commissioner for information and strategies. The people see him as one of the kitchen cabinet members of governor Udom Emmanuel and the governor seems to love and listen to him very well. Though he is a young man a good number of people wish to become the governor of Akwa Ibom state in 2023 because he seems to understand how the street works.
Note: Out of the three, the governor who the people see as one who will choose his successor had not chosen anybody yet. The people are still waiting to see whether governor Udom will go for any of them to succeed him or he will go for a fresh person who the people of Akwa Ibom State may not be familiar with.