Senator OBA picks retired police chief as running mate
The Young Progressives Party (YPP) Governorship Candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, popularly known as OBA, has picked retired Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Chief Asuquo Amba as his running mate.
OBA, representing Akwa Ibom North East (Uyo) senatorial district in the Senate, said the Deputy Governorship Candidate for the 2023 Gubernatorial elections was selected with the consent of the YPP and the Akwa Ubok Abasi Campaign Organisation.
FIRST REPORTS reports that OBA recently dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), pitching his tent with the YPP where he eventually emerged as the party’s standard bearer after the former flagbearer Nyenime Andy announced his voluntary resignation.
Who is Asuquo Amba
AIG Amba (Rtd.) hails from Mbokpu Ukokai in Urue-Offong/Oruku Local Government Area and was born in 1961.
He obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1973 from Salvation Army School, Surulere, before proceeding to Comprehensive Secondary School, Oron, to obtain his West African Senior School Certificate in 1978.
He is a graduate of English from the University of Lagos (1984) and had a brief stint with Ibadan Polytechnic as a lecturer after his National Youth Service Corps – NYSC in 1985.
He joined the services of the Nigeria Police Force as Cadet ASP in 1986, where he rose through ranks as Commissioner of Police, Asst. Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, and Commissioner of Police at various times in the training department in force headquarters.
He previously served as a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Anti Bomb unit; Deputy Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Police command; Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State; Commissioner of Police, Counter Terrorism Department; and Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State command.
Following 35 years of meritorious service to the nation, he retired from the police force as an Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in February 2021.
Amba has received several commendations and awards for his selfless service to his nation and humanity from organizations such as the United Nations and Rotary Club.
He is Grand-member of the International Association of Commissioner of Police (IACP), USA.
He has a wealth of experience in peacekeeping missions in Liberia, East Timor and other locations globally.
AIG Amba (Rtd.) is married to Chief Mrs Janet Amba and blessed with six children and two grandchildren.
He enjoys playing golf and table tennis. He believes in development and politics without bitterness.