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Obono-obla Declares Interest For Senate, Sets Targets To Achieve

Obono-obla Declares Interest For Senate, Sets Targets To Achieve

Renowned legal practitioner and former Chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Chief Okoi Obono-obla has declared interest to vie for senatorial position to represent  Cross River Central District.

Chief Obono-obla who earlier disclosed this on his Facebook wall on March 2nd, unveiled his wealth of experience, interest and acceptance to vie for senatorial position.

“I have served at different times, as the Legal Adviser and Deputy National Secretary of a major party, the defunct CPC. I was also the Secretary of the Inter- Party Merger Committee (in that capacity one of the founders of All Progressives Congress, APC) .From 2015 to 2019, I had served as a Special assistant to the President on Prosecution and the Chairman of the Special presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property.

“In all modesty, I am a reservoir of experience in law, public service, private practice. Social Activism, writing and traditional governance. I am your everyday country boy, free spirited, grassroots man and a cultural enthusiast of the Ekoi/ Ejagham people of Cross River State of Nigeria, the Republic of Cameroon and the Central African Republic.


“I am a through and through Pan Africanist and a thorough-bred Nigerian with extensive contacts and network across the length and breadth of the country.


“It is therefore with humility, I step forward, to answer your clarion call, that I offer myself to serve the good people of the Central Senatorial District of Cross River State by seeking to represent them in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he stated.


On the targets he intends to achieve when elected, Chief Obono-obla, today, Tuesday, March 9, listed some of his visions.

“I will democratize, declassify and demystify representation. I shall be holding meetings every quarter with people of my district in every local government area that make up my district every quarter of the Year for everybody, not just my political party members.

“I shall democratize and demystify and make transparent the opacity surrounding constituency projects. The legislature is the government branch responsible for lawmaking and exercising oversight of government executive and judiciary branches. Therefore legislators should not dabble into the workings of the executive branch of government by executing constituency projects/ execution of projects should remain the executive preserve of the executive branch of government.


“I will sponsor a law to stop the earning of jumbo salary and allowances of members of the National Assembly, which is out of tune with the country’s economic reality and the abject and grinding poverty which is the lot of the majority of the Nigerian population.


“I will sponsor a law on the Federal government’s devolution of powers to the States and local government council areas. States should have the power to create local government councils. The federal government should not shed itself on involvement in land administration, education, electricity generation, health, commerce, agriculture, housing, policing, local governments, and remain a regulator.


“I will sponsor a law that makes it compulsory for the Federal government to grant students soft loan to study in Tertiary institutions.


“I will sponsor a bill on the decolonization of laws rooted in colonialism and subjugation of African people due to European colonialism of the 18th-20th centuries.


“I will sponsor a bill on ethnic profiling and discrimination based on gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, etc.


“I will be a progressive voice for the marginalized, minority, oppressed, the voiceless, the poor, and the fringe of society.”



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