Below are two staunch and unrepentant die heart Governor Ayade Benedict loyalists and foot soldiers; Rt Hon Ochiglegor Idagbo and Stephen Odey Ph D.
Infact, when it comes to absolute political tranquillity and astute belief in Rule Number One which says ; Never Outshine Your Master, these two comes first in the political stratification and equation of the state at the moment.
Rt Hon Legor Idagbo, a Lawyer by profession is a two term Council Chairman of Bekwarra LGA, a former Commissioner in the state, one time gubernatorial aspirant and two term Member of the House of representatives.
Hon. Legor started his political sojourn as a Local Government chairman that was unanimously loved by his people. His simple and purposeful type of leadership made his people, the people of Bekwarra Local Government to overwhelmingly hand him a second term to lead as Chairman of Bekwarra Local Government Area.
As chairman of Bekwarra, his performance was second to none. His performance generated lots of commendations from political pundits across Cross River State. This made the then Governor of Cross River State, Sen. Liyel Imoke to invite Hon. Legor to serve in his cabinet as Commissioner for Works. His performance as Commissioner for works and divine mandate of his people blessed him with his current political position as House of Representatives member representing the people of Bekwarra, Obudu and Obanliku Federal Constituency.
According to Ogar Mathias Agbor, Legor surely knows the time and seasons according to the Ecclesiastical book in the holy Bible.
Dr. Stephen Adi Odey on his part is a seasoned and erudite scholar, an astute administrator, politician, lawyer, community Leader, philanthropist, teacher and an academician.
He served with the Cross River State Ministry of Education as teacher between 1989 and 1998. He rose to the position of Acting Principal in 1999.
Dr. Steve resigned from the Cross River State Ministry of Education and joined the defunct Joint Maritime Labour Industrial Council in 2001 as Senior Dock Labour Officer and in 2009 he joined the services of the University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria as Lecturer II in the Department of Sociology, and was promoted to Lecturer I in 2015 and in 2019 he was also promoted Senior Lecturer.
Outside the University of Calabar, Calabar, where he has focused his time and attention till today, he has also served as Adjunct Lecturer with the National Open University of Nigeria between 2005 and 2009.
He holds a Teachers Grade II Certificate that he obtained from the St. Thomas’s College, Ogoja, Nigeria in 1988 and National Certificate in Education that he obtained from National Teachers Institute, Kaduna.
Dr. Barr. Steve Odey was awarded a B.Ed. degree in Elementary Education in 1998 by the University of Calabar, Nigeria. The University of Calabar also awarded him M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Industrial Sociology in 2004 and 2010 respectively.
Finally, he ventured into the legal profession and was awarded LL.B and B.L degrees by the University of Calabar and the Nigerian Law School, Bwarri-Abuja, Nigeria in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
Dr Odey was appointed Personal Assistant (2011-2014) and latter, Special Assistant (2014-2015) to Senator (Prof.) Benedict Ayade – Senator Representing the Northern Senatorial District of Cross River State in the National Assembly.
In 2015, Dr Steve Odey was appointed Executive Chairman, Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board, and later in 2017 he was appointed to double as the Acting Managing Director of Cross River State Water Board Limited.
In all these offices, Dr Barr. Steve Odey has brought his wealth of experiences in academic, legal and administration to bear. While in the University system, Dr Steve Odey served as a committed teacher, mentor and contributed immensely to the graduation of students in the University. His main area of specialisation is Industrial Sociology.
Even while in politics, he is a regular participant in many local and foreign academic conferences, symposia, workshops and seminars, where he presented papers. Dr Odey has published over thirty scholarly papers, contributed to book chapters and many technical reports. He is a beneficiary of the University of Calabar based 2015 TETFund Intervention grant and National Intervention Grant. He has collaborators within and outside the University of Calabar environment.
He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Associate member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management and Administration, Associate member, Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators, Fellow of the Centre for African American Research Studies.
He is currently an Editor for the International Journal of Industrial Relations as well as African Journal of Arbitration and Conflict Resolution, both annual Journals of the Centre for African American Research Studies (CAARS).
Just like Rt Hon Legor Idagbor, Dr Steve is married and blessed with children.