Hon (Amb) Nkoyo Toyo who represented Calabar Municipal/Odukpani Federal Constituency at the Lower Chamber of the 7th National Assembly has given credence to Hon Eta Mbora’s bid to return to same Assembly for the second time.
Eta, who currently represents the constituency at the Green Chamber is, at the moment battling with a fidelity scandal sponsored by the people of Odukpani who insist must produce a member for the constituency, having had the past two immediate members from the Calabar axis.
“The previous House of Reps member, Nkoyo Toyo is from Calabar Municipal Local Government Area and the current House of Reps member, Eta Mbora is also from Calabar Municipal Local Government Area; and because this federal constituency is shared by both Calabar Municipal and Odukpani Local Government Areas, we are agitating that this time, the Representative must come from Odukpani Local Government Area,” one Mr. Frank Eyo, an indigene of Odukpani conjured Cross River Daily.
Despite the agitation of the Odukpani people, Hon. Eta Mbora who is currently representing the constituency is already consulting to be returned, having done only a term.
This said agitation of the Odukpani people does not just border on their desire to have a turn, but on the claim that Hon. Eta Mbora, during his campaign days in 2015 elections promised Odukpani that if elected, was to complete Nkoyo’s second term and give way for Odukpani to produce the next representative – a promise, Hon. Eta said he never made.
Refuting the claim, Hon. Eta Mbora said that he never made such a promise to anybody, while pleading that it has always remained in his interest and that of his constituents to return to the House a second time.
With the fidelity scandal already gaining grounds, our correspondent contacted the former House member, Nkoyo, who Odukpani said was aware of the agreement, the former law maker said verbatim:
“At the time I was supposed to go for my second term, the augment we brought forth was that I was going to do my second term and then it will go back to Odukpani, I ran on that campaign it had nothing to do with Eta Mbora because he was a competitor. I can’t speak for him. I don’t know what his commitment with Odukpani was. I am the one who said to Odukpani, let me go and finish my second term then by 2019 it will return to Odukpani.
“Basically, I was not there when Eta made such commitment what I know is that I had made the commitment that I will go for two terms before Odupkani goes, maybe it was based on that, that Odukpani is insisting that Eta should not go for second term”.
The erudite ambassador, suggested that her agreement with Odukpani may have been misconstrued to be Eta’s or Calabar’s agreement, except some mischief makers are intentionally trying to use her words against Eta’s ambition.
Whether she could advise Eta to let Odukpani have a turn since she had promised them that come 2019, they will go, also, with Calabar already on a second term, the Ambassador said:
“I did not do two terms, and I am not against anybody doing two terms, what I am saying is that it (zoning or second term) is not a fixed thing they cannot ask Eta not to run for a second term. If Odukpani wants it they should contest for it.”
Further validating Eta Mbora’s second term bid, Nkoyo questioned if anyone has an evidence to show for the said agreement Eta entered with Odukpani, while opining that Odukpani should present their case before the party if they feel they have a strong case and proof to support their claimed agreement.
“Politics is all about competition, and everybody is open to the competition. But If Odukpani feel they have a strong case let them make their case, they can take it up to the party and insist on the party that they want to see it happen, and if their case is valid, the party can make a strong proclamation,” Nkoyo said.