Few days after the immediate past transition committee chairman of Nsit Ubium local government area, Otobong Edemidiong led elders and stakeholders of Nsit Ubium, to the residence of Senator Effiong Bob to endorse his son, Barr. Otobong Bob as the house of Assembly candidate for Nsit Ubium State Constituency in the 2019 elections, he has been uncovered as the alleged secret sponsor of social media blackmailers against Senator Effiong Bob.
Findings from our Reporters has it that, Edemidiong who initially had interest in the House of Assembly seat, is the one behind the media attacks on Senator Effiong, where he resorts to giving out N1500 to Facebook users to post insulting articles and make comments to tarnish the image of Senator Bob.
According to one of the Facebook users, he said, he received an invitation from one Kanny Okoko, an indigene of Ikot Eyo in Nsit Ubium, upon reaching the venue of the meeting, he saw about twenty two other persons waiting to be briefed by Okoko. In his words, Okoko said, it was Otobong Edemidiong that sent him to mobilize some social media users, who will be sharing post written against Senator Effiong Bob, some who are not even from Nsit Ubium.
According to one of our sources, he said, One wonders why a character like Otobong Edemidiong, a man that Senator Effiong Bob picked up from the road and recommended him to be given a council caretaker chairman, gave him all the support, because he is a family friend to the Senator, could in good conscience mobilize people to insult him on social media, and in public space.
Another source said, Kanny Okoko shared N1,500 to all those that were invited to the meeting, he asked that a video of the meeting be recorded thereafter and posted on the internet, to make it look as if the people of Nsit Ubium were not in support of Otobong Bob as the party hopeful.
Further findings revealed that, the said video trending on social media, where some persons were seen abusing Barr. Otobong Bob with reasons that the father was once a House of Assembly member, with insulting words, was recorded in the paid community meetings were Blessing Mbakara, Kanny Okoko and another desperate ward member called at the instance of the Former Caretaker Chairman, and few persons in that video were from Nsit Ubium, while majority were hired, paid, N300,N1000 and N1,500 respectively to make appearance.
“What surprises some people is the fact that, this same Otobong Edemidiong and the likes of Kanny Okoko and others that are now sponsoring social media attacks on Senator Effiong Bob, to secretly oppose his son, were the same people that supported the motion to endorse Barr. Otobong Bob as the next house of Assembly member. In fact, it was Edemidiong that shopped for Barr.Otobong Bob and subsequently moved the motion in the meeting because according to him, PDP needed a strong candidate with very strong background, and influence to wrestle with APC, who are boasting that they will win all the State election in 2019.” one of the constituents said.
As at the time of writing this report, some Facebook users are still fabricating stories to write about senator Effiong, some are hired as couriers to drop the stories and the videos, while others that were paid N1,500 are on standby to make comments, so that the people will think that they are Nsit Ubium people based on theirs comments and they are not in support of Barr. Otobong Bob, but this is just the handiwork of Edemidiong, the immediate past transition committee chairman.
When Trail Reporters contacted the Former Transition Chairman, Edemidiong, he did not take calls placed to his mobile phone 080693036**, neither did he respond to a text message sent to him as at Press time.