Cross River Central, Southern Districts join forces on PDP governorship zoning
By Akpan David, Calabar
Stakeholders, party leaders and supporters in the Cross River Central Senatorial District have reportedly aligned with the PDP members in the Southern Senatorial District to rotate power to the south.
Stakeholders in the Central District comprising of Ikom, Boki, Etung, Obubra, Abi and Yakurr local government areas affirmed this position yesterday when they hosted Senator Gershom Bassey separately in their localities.
Bassey is aspiring for the governorship in 2023 which reason he continued with his consultations to stakeholders.
They declared their support on zoning the governorship ticket to Southern Senatorial district and endorsed the aspiration of Senator Gershom Bassey.
Paramount Ruler of Ikom Local Government Area, Ntol Peter Njul Eku asserted that they have taken a position to support the zoning of governorship to the southern senatorial district.
According to him, he and his people had previously met with the leaders of the central and Governor Ben Ayade when he was still in PDP to decide the existing zoning of governorship to be returned to the south.
He further maintained that, no individual within or outside community can change the resolution of the traditional custodians.
Former representative of Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Bassey Ewa, lauded the Ikom PDP family for their resolution.
A former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Attah Ochinke acknowledged that Ikom people stood by the past two administrations which Sen. Gershom Bassey was part of the planning and delivery of governance and as well encouraged the Back to South Agenda.
Ochinke who is chairman of Nigerian Bar Association in the state who also spoke at Boki, mentioned that “zoning has been a culture of the PDP which has kept Cross River in peace , fairness and tranquillity, and the same zoning has benefited the people of Ikom and Boki.
He said, “zoning simply means turn by turn, and who ever turn it is should be allowed to benefit from the arrangement”.
The Ikom Women Leader, Mrs Justina Enya Ndoma declared that “Ikom is totally for zoning and the South Agenda.
The PDP Youth leader in Etung LGA Comrade Assam Mbe, said, the youths are all out to support Sen. Bassey to become governor of State.
He appealed that Bassey should capture the youths of Etung in his development blueprint when he becomes Governor of the state in 2023.
Receiving the Senator and his entourage, the Paramount Ruler of Abi, His Royal Highness, Ovai Edward Osim prayed: “Whatever will stand on his way to getting to the government house by 2023, Father clear such things away. We are appealing and praying that he will remember that the traditional institution is a very sure foundation that one should trust and rely on”.