By CrossRiverWatch admin
There are indications that the next ministerial appointee from Cross River State will be human rights lawyer, Barrister Okoi Obono Obla CrossRiverWatch has learnt from highly placed sources in Abuja.
Obla, a long time opposition politician and activist, is one of the most consistent rights campaigner from Cross River State, and has also been a long time ally of the President Elect, General Mohammadu Buhari since the days of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC under which Obla contested the governorship of the state in 2011.
He was also the Assistant National Secretary of the CPC prior to its merger with other parties to form the All Progressives Congress, making him the most prominent Cross River politician from Buhari’s nucleus party within the APC merger.
A CrossRiverWatch source who was part of a team of reporters who spoke with General Buhari recently said, when contacted privately after the media interaction, “The General spoke very highly of Obla and remembered him fondly from their CPC days. He has a lot of respect for his forthrightness and steadfastness with the opposition despite the ridicule. He said Obla is one person he will always want to work with.”
It will also be recalled that in a chat with SaharaReporters recently, the President Elect, made it clear that defectors from other political parties to the APC after the victory at the polls should not be in a hurry to get appointments in his government.
Okoi Obono Obla is a very controversial and fierce critic of the State government and has by so doing incured both the wrath and love of many Cross Riverians.
On several occasions, he has been ridiculed and scorned by the ruling class in the state. But his possible elevation to a Minister will change all that and perhaps transform him and a few other of his party men who will also get federal appointments to becoming the rallying point of the opposition to the ruling PDP in the State.
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