By Kelvin Obambon
Stakeholders in the Southern Senatorial District of Cross River State have insisted there is no turning back on the clamor and unrest for the gubernatorial seat to return to the south.
Stakeholders who made their position known at a press conference in Calabar on Saturday said the continued calls for the return of power to the South were grounded in the need for equity, fairness and justice, adding that the peace now enjoyed by the State is based on these principles, which any well-meaning Cross River resident should not ignore.
It comes just a week after All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders in the state’s Central Senatorial District abandoned the existing zoning arrangement in the Party and asserted that a winning strategy should instead be adopted before the 2023 elections.
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But reading a position paper titled “Cross River State Governorship 2023: Our Unwavering Commitment to the Back to South Agenda,” Senator Florence Ita-Giwa said stakeholders in the Southern Senatorial District having met and deliberated on developments in the State, have found it necessary to make their position known.
“We would like to begin by sincerely thanking our Governor for the deliberate governance he has undoubtedly provided and continues to provide and the many accomplishments he has recorded, particularly in his attempt to decouple Cross River State from an overreliance on revenues allocated by the federal government. Recently, the state witnessed a negative allocation from the FAAC, despite this, the Governor is still able to pay salaries and carry out other development initiatives.
“Without a doubt, the many industries the governor is building are a deliberate attempt to set our state on the path to prosperity. We also commend His Excellency for his determined leadership which has helped stabilize our state, politics and politics.
“We thus express our solidarity with the Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency Senator Prof. Ben Ayade for his total and unwavering commitment to the return of power to the southern senatorial district by 2023. The governor remains the leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state and even in the south-south region and has the right and authority to give directions to the party in the state. We thank the Governor for this leadership he has provided and we stand firmly with him on this.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the leaders and people of the Senate District South are aware that no single Senate District can appoint a Governor, which is why we are committed to ensuring that we work in harmony with the Senate Districts. of the Center and North by fulfilling our desire to return to power in the Southern Senatorial District in 2023.
“We further wish to declare that the three (3) senatorial constituencies know that our demand for the return of power in the southern senatorial constituency is fair, justiciable, just and appropriate to occur at this time.
“Furthermore, we would like to take this opportunity to call on all well-meaning Cross Riverians to stand up in support of the rotation of power and the return of power to the Southern Senatorial District on May 29, 2023.
“We are confident that every well-meaning Cross Riverian in our state is aware that our state has enjoyed continued peace and stability through the rotation of power from one senatorial district to another since 1999 to the present.
“Undoubtedly, even our founding fathers envisioned the need for all of us to live in a state of peace and harmony. Even the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999, as amended, guarantees the principle of federal character for equity, peace and harmony.
“We wish to reassure the people of Cross River and the residents of Cross River State that the Southern Senatorial District comprised of seven (7) Local Government Areas is home to men and women of impeccable character, institutional memory and experience required to govern Cross River State and provide the determined leadership that will take our state to an enviable height.
“In conclusion, we wish to make a clear appeal to all people of Cross River and people of goodwill and friends of Cross River State to join the Southern Senatorial District in bringing about the return of power in the district, because one good turn deserves another,” she concluded.
Attending the press conference were Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong, Senator Prince Bassey Otu, Chief Nya Asuquo, Chief Ogban Ebock, Chief Ogban Ekpei, Dr. Emyl Inyang, Arch. Bassey Ndem, Rt. Hon. George O’ben-Etchi, Prof. Franca Bassey, Barr Offiong Mensah, among others.