Saturday, 1 October 2022

Clerics, Others Pray For Ayade ,Nigeria At 62nd Independence Jummat Prayers In Calabar


Muslim Clerics in Cross River State have organised special prayers for Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State and Nigeria to remain a peaceful and indivisible Country as the Country celebrate its 62nd Independence Day Jummat Prayers at the Eastern Naval Command Central Mosque Calabar.

The event organised by the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Muslim  Affairs, Alhaji Tanimu Hassan ,had in attendance the Chief Imam of the Eastern Naval Command Central Mosque, Lt Comander Abdulhameed Dawud who prayed for the leadership of both Cross River State and Nigeria.

The Service Commander led by the Commissioner of Police,Aminu Hassan, representatives of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Army, DSS, Road Safety, Immigration, Correctional Service as well as other Islamic faithfuls attended the special Jumaat Service.

Speaking during the Prayers session,the Command Imam,Lt commander Abdulahmeed Dawud  who captioned his sermon from "Surat Balad" said collective effort to support government and security agencies to succeed is required of all,saying "everywhere you are is your home amd you must contribute positively to the development of that place"

He opined that regardless of religion, tribe, ethnic group, Nigerians need to use her 62nd anniversary as an opportunity to pray ahead of the country's coming general elections to be peaceful and free of blood shed.

"We prayed that Almighty Allah to give us a leader that is the best for the country, with fear of God and people's service oriented"he added. 

Special Adviser to The Governor on Muslim Affairs, Alhaji Tanimu Hassan, said the Special  Jummat Prayer organised by the Cross River State  Government was to commemorate the 62nd anniversary, saying despite the teething challenges, Nigeria is on the road to growth and Development.

Tanimu said Crosa River has already on auto pilot of Agro-Industrialization policy of Governor Ben Ayade ,saying in no distant time,The tourism Destination will become and industrial hub.

The FOMWAN Chairperson in Cross River State,Hajia Lateefah Yahaya called for prayers for Governor Ben Ayade and other leaders in the Country, saying the 62nd independence Celebrations should provide opportunity  for leaders to reflect on their service delivery mechanism  to the Citizenry.

The Commissioner of police, Aminu Alhassan appealed to Nigerians to continue to pray for the leaders that God will assist them to achieve success in their quest to ensure lasting peace and progress,assuring that peace and secured Cross River State is guaranteedunder his watch.
AIT's Rasheed Olanrewaju Bags All Times Outstanding Media Professional Award

The Senior Correspondent of Africa independent Television (AIT) in Cross River State,Rasheed Olanrewaju Zubair has bagged  the "All Time Media Professional Award 2022".

According to the organiser, Olanrewaju beats other contenders who were nominated for the same category of the award for the 2022 edition. 

Speaking shortly after presented the award All time Media Professional Award 2022 to him Wednesday,Olanrewaju described the award as a challenge to do more for humanity by giving a voice to the voiceless, and serve as an agenda setting agent between government and the governed.

He Commended the organiser of the award for finding him worthy for  the reputable award, promising to continue to use his talent and platform to change the society for good.

"I don't know why this award was given to me ,but  I remember when you asked me to send my details for entry for people to vote, and I thought that will be the end, but God and the people ,especially the ordinary ones voted for me ,I won't take this for granted.

"I  know that whatever might be  their  reason for giving me their  vote ,they are indirectly saying continue to do more for the ordinary people and i can hear this from them from my inner  ear loudly"he added.

Early during the presentation of the award ,the Managing Director of Mountain Cinema Nigeria,Comrade David Ibeb Akpeke  said the award was in recognition of  "your outstanding performance and immense contributions  to the development of media and entertainment industry in Cross River State and beyond"

According to Akpeke who was accompanied by the Face of Obudu Culture Queen and her Majesties, said after the random nominations and voting,"You emmerged as the best overall in the Category of your Award.

"Onbehalf of the management and Staff of Mountain Cinema Nigeria, we congratulates you and ask that you  Continue to do more for the grassroot and humanity" Akpeke said. 

Recall that Rasheed Olanrewaju has won several awards within and outside Nigeria,including the media personality award by Cross River State Government, Best journalist Award by Citizen Nigeria ,Most Rugged journalists award by the University  of Calabar,Cultural Media Ambassador  award by Calabar Heritage Group and Humanitarian  Service Award among 

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

2023: Nasarawa Community declare support for Obi, Dansuki, Others

We are for Obi, Dansuki, and other Labour Party Candidates, as Ward 10 Calabar Municipal inaugurates Executive

… Hausa Women and youths were also inaugurated in Nasarawa, Ikot Omin – Calabar…

Members and residents of Nasarawa community in Ikot Omin, Calabar Municipality in Cross River State have all declared their support for the candidacy of Peter Obi and Daniel Asuquo of Labour Party in the forthcoming general elections. 

The declaration was made last Saturday 24th September when the Ward 10 members, . Calabar Municipal Chapter last Saturday, the 24th of September, 2022 declared their total support for Obi, Rt. Hon. Daniel Asuquo also known as Dansuki and all other candidates of the Labour Party in the forthcoming election. At the event which took place in Nasarawa, Ikot Omin – Calabar 

Addressing the people, the State Publicity Secretary, Dr. Ofem Lekam commended the people for their steadfastness and astuteness despite the many low points that have dampened the morale of the people. According to him with what is happening in the country currently, the hand of God is involved and it will tantamount to fighting God if we want to skew the process.

Joining the State Publicity Secretary was Hon. Prince Edet Omin, the Councillor of Ward 10 and the Chairmanship Candidate of Calabar Municipal in the Labour Party. He also leaned in his voice to support the Labour Party which he describes as the only party that will solve the teething problems of Nigeria. In his words, "the Labour Party understands the importance of living and staying together. Here, everyone matters and that is why we must be united in our struggle to better our lots in this country, and together we will succeed.

Earlier, the Chapter Chairman, Rev. Harrison Efa stated that Ward 10 has always been very unique in her organization and hence, occupies a special place in the chapter, maybe because it is the only Ward in Municipal with double-digit. He seized the opportunity to ventilate on the candidacy of HE. Mr. Peter Obi, Rt. Hon. Daniel Asuquo who is contesting for senate, Cross River South, and Hon. Ekpenyong Akiba. 

"I speak in good authority about our candidates, especially about their track records. They have been tested and trusted. We have been praying for the kind of leadership we see in the person of Dansuki. The records are available for everyone to see. If we have the kind of representation evident in Akamkpa/Biase here, our story would have been different. We are in the seat of the government of the state yet, we cannot be rated along the line of the quality of representation we see over there. His interest in the senatorial race is a blessing and prayers answered. 

In his remarks, the Ward Chairman, Mr. Anieno Abraham thanked the leadership of the party in the state and chapter for always playing the fatherly role. Your depth in addressing situations is a reflection of the ideals of our party which gives credence to the family. It is on this note that you are seeing our brothers of the Hausa extraction identify with us and are very committed to delivering all our Candidates. We have heard so much about Dansuki our very own, and he will have all our support full time.  

Similarly, Mr. Awal Mohammed, the spokesperson of the Hausa community expressed great delight at the recognition given to them to the point of having their women group inaugurated into the mainstream of the ward coordination. He assured the leadership of their commitment to a better Nigeria under the leadership of HE. Mr. Peter Obi. He also extolled the sterling leadership qualities of Daniel Asuquo and added that the Hausa community will work to deliver his senatorial bid come 2023.

The high point of the event was the inauguration of the ward executive, and unit coordination team, which was followed by a photo session.

Saturday, 24 September 2022

Akwa Ibom @35: Godswill Akpabio’s footprints abound

Every society strives to have good leadership. The case of Akwa Ibom is not different as one administration after another continues to advance ideas and blueprint to improve the lots of the people.

So far, then (10) Governors have so far occupied our Hilltop Mansion; from Colonel Tunde Ogbeha to the Incumbent Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, but the achievements of Godswill Obot Akpabio from 2007 to 2015 remain indelible.

So many reasons abound why HE. Sen. Godswill Obot Akpabio's administration has become the rallying point of growth and development. His uncommon transformational agenda earned him the name, "Uncommon Transformer".

Akpabio's groundswell developmental stride opened Akwa Ibom State and placed her as the fastest growing state in infrastructural development thus placing her at the frontier of development on the global map.


A. Free and Compulsory Education.

B. Free Medical/Health Care to Children and the Elderly.

C. Building of an International Airport.
D. Payment of 13th Month Salary to civil servants fittingly dubbed AkpabioMber
E. Building of Four Flyovers.
F. Building of the new Government House.
G. Provision of Civil Service Buses which are still conveying civil servants from their respective LGAs to Uyo today.
H. Building of the 21st Century Anniversary Hospital in Uyo.
I. Building of new Ikot Ekpene Correctional Facility etc.
J. i. Building of Five Cottage Hospitals in Akwa Ibom State. 
   ii Building of new Police Secondary School and also Mobile Police base
   iii. Attracting a Federal polytechnic to Akwa Ibom State (Federal Polytechnic- Ukana)
  iv. Initiated the construction of 1000 units Housing Estate per senatorial estate at Urua, Eket and Ikot Ekpene, amongst other Housing Projects.
v. Building of an International Stadium in Uyo known as Godswill Akpabio Int'l Stadium

Not to mention : the construction of a state of the arts Governor's office totally ICT compliant

(2) Construction of a befitting Deputy Governor's lodge with banqueting facilities,

(3) Construction of 31 numbered security estates in each local Government area of Akwa Ibom state; dualization of numerous roads such as EkomIman Abak with highest bridge between ravines, dualization of Oron road to Airport.

Dualization of Idoro road to Itu,Uyo /Ikot Ekpeneroad now completed by the current Government, dualization of IkotEkpene to Abak, over 750 roads including Enen Nsit (44km) and Abak /Etim Ekpo/Ika roads (67km /bridge).

(4) Impactful human empowerment including: turning boys to men and abolishing the houseboy/house girl syndrome etc.

(5) Attracting a Naval base to Ikot abasi (NN Jubilee)

(6) Construction and use of underground pipe jacking technology for drainage control (40 ft below houses) amongst other laudable and indelible achievements.

(7) Construction of the State banquet hall with industrial laundry and industrial kitchen facilities two floors below with numerous lifts and modern guest houses.

(8) Construction of the best E-library project built in west Africa.

(9) Sponsorship of over 20 thousand Christians to Jerusalem on Christian pilgrimages and at least 5.5 thousand Muslims to Mecca in 8 years.

(10) Sponsored thousands of Akwa Ibom children abroad in various Educational and Vocational courses, one of whom returned with the award for solving a 240-year mathematical puzzle in India.

(10)a. Led Akwa Ibom Children to break the Guinness World record for assembling the largest group of Christmas Carol singers ever assembled in one place (Godswill Akpabio Unity Choir of 25,272 Choristers)

(10)b. Completion of Ibom Power Plant at Ikot Abasi and the Production of over 191 Megawatts of electricity by 2013.

(10)c. In partnership with UK investors, GOA, constructed and commissioned a Gas processing plant at Ibono/ Esit Eket with 69 km of underground gas pipeline to Ikotabasi (Ibom power) and 52 km to Odukpani(NIPP).

(10)d. Completed 14 storey Sheraton by Four Point Hotel(fully furnished); and initiated the Tropicana complex with completed Mall, six Cinema studios and ongoing I5 floor Hilton Hotel Uyo etc.

(10)e. Built a Dual Campus State University and Graduated the First Set of Students in 2015, with His Highness, Najib Hussaini Adamu the Emir of Kazaure, (1998- to date, Jigawa), as 1st Chancellor before exiting office.

GodswillAkpabio ..we miss you!!

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Court sacks APC governorship candidate, orders fresh primary election

The judge, Simon Amobeda, ordered a fresh election within 14 days.

 21st September, 2022 

A Federal High Court in Jalingo, Taraba State, on Tuesday, sacked the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Emmanuel Bwacha.

Mr Bwacha's sacking comes after a petition by one of the aspirants, David Kente, and others to court alleging that the APC did not conduct a valid governorship primary election in the state

Agreeing with the petitioners, the judge, Simon Amobeda, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election within 14 days.

He also ordered the electoral commission to henceforth stop the recognition of Mr Bwacha as the candidate of the party.

The court warned Mr Bwacha, who is the senator representing Taraba South, to desist from parading himself as the governorship candidate of the APC.

The judge ruled that all the result sheets couldn't be written in the same writing.

He also believed the returning officer who declared that no primary was held in the state and that the electoral officer was at a police headquarters due to security threats.

APC primary election in the state was marred by in-fighting. During the primary, the officials, billed to conduct the election, were taken to the headquarters of the state police command after some members of the party tried to mob them.

The declaration of the governorship primary result was allegedly made at the Jalingo airport in favour of Mr Bwacha.

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Victory Group Inaugurates Secretariat,  donates N30m to Prince Otu's campaign
Prince Bassey Otu, APC gubernatorial candidate flanged by leaders of the Victory Support Group

Ukorebi Esien | 18th September 2022

The gubernatorial campaign of Sen. Prince Bassey Otu received a boost yesterday when the Victory Campaign Organisation, Donated the sum of Thirty Million Naira (N30,000,000)

The front-runner support group headed by Joseph Edet popularly known as Lashakara, inaugurated its campaign secretariat yesterday with the sole purpose of supporting the gubernatorial ambition of Sen. Prince Bassey Otu 

The candidacy of Sen. (Prince) Bassey Edet Otu has again received another boost as a new front-runner support group, The Victory Group on Saturday, 17th September 2022 officially launched their existence by unveiling a Secretariat for the main purpose of supporting the governorship campaign of Prince Otu.

Kicking off, the Director General of the Group, Joseph Edet, popularly known as LaShakara welcomed the All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidate for the 2023 general elections, Sen. (Prince) Bassey Otu to the epoch-making occasion of opening a branded Secretariat for the support group while revealing the aim of Victory Group.

Speaking at the event, the DG of the group, Joseph Edet said the Victory group is made up of Ayade's young descendants who are intertwined with the best hands to deliver APC in 2023. 

"We have agreed to mobilize for victory, and as a matter of fact; ours is not to collect, but to donate and support your candidacy to victory - as our name implies." He said. 

Also speaking, Hon. Maria Akwaji - a member representing Obudu constituency in the State House of Assembly assured Prince Otu of positive results at the polls, "Our dear sweet Prince, we are excited to have you in our midst today; we appreciate your humility and commitment.

"You have enjoyed massive acceptance with love from the people and we believe that your capacity - both past and present will ensure victory."

The DG C'River State Primary Health Care & Development Agency, Dr Janet David Ekpenyong further reiterated the assurances of utmost support to the Cause.

"The Victory Group is a collection of those who are committed to adding value. We are not demanding; but on the other hand, giving. We shall mobilize our resources and massive votes for you."

Responding, the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Sen. Otu said he was happy and dumfounded by the gesture of the group stating that expressed profound appreciation to the Victory Group for the great show of love. 

"I am extremely happy to be here, and looking at this group, I make bold to say that you are a carefully selected lot who have set a goal of delivering power back to the South.

"I want to specially thank Gov. Ayade for the youths and women inclusive kind of governance operated by him; for that is the basis on which today has come to fruition.

"We want to improve Cross River State and make it a place where everyone would want to visit and invest; but in achieving this, we have to learn forgiveness, bury hatchets and work together."

Presenting the cheque of Thirty Million Naira, (N30,000,000) to Prince Otu's campaign Organisation, the Victory Group said the money was broken down as follows: 

Five million naria N5,000,000 will be given in  cash and campaign materials for the Governorship Candidate, while four million, five hundred thousand 4,500,000 will be given in cash and campaign Materials for each Senatorial Candidate, One million, five hundred thousand naira N1.5million in cash and campaign materials for each House of Representatives Candidate of the party and the balance assigned for campaign materials to be donated to all APC support groups.

Pictures from the event 

Sunday, 18 September 2022

Cross River State 2023 Gubernatorial Election: Natural Justice and The Attempt By Few To Fight The Cosmic

Richard F. Inoyo | 

Each time, I speak or write about Cross River State, I do such with so much self- awareness, personal-introspection, community-consciousness with reference to history. And this is so because, Cross River State isn't just any State, first its Capital, Calabar isn't a creation of the British and Cross River remain a people whose transversing river predates both the incursion of the Brits and existed long before the formation of Nigeria. 

Of a truth, it takes deep understanding and humility to realise that, Cross River State isn't just like the other States. Cross River State is first in many ways, from being the first capital, to being the State with the first branch of the first ever bank built in the Country, to becoming the State with the first ever Printing Press that was established in Nigeria in 1846 by the Presbyterian Church, and not to skip the fact that Cross River State holds a unique place in the hearts and souls of the Nigerian military as the place where the first ever bullet was fired during the Nigerian Civil War, and signalling the battle to either keep the country one or balkanize same. The list goes on and on, and this tells only one thing, that these unique historical occurrences couldn't have been made possible except there were some divine power and cosmic force above men guiding her affairs and placing her first in many ways.

With the advent of the 4th democratic dispensation in 1999, what we saw was the flow of a new kind of universal protocol from the cosmic on the Cross River affair starting from Donald Duke from Southern Cross River; Liyel Imoke from Central and Ben Ayade from the North, which suggest a direct reminder that there has always been a cosmic force albeit wrestling against this undeniable universal order from mere mortals from time immemorial, guiding the leadership projectile of Cross River State and the Crossriverian affair.

Now let's chart into the hard terrain of history and the arrays of powerful messages it sends therein. 

5 years ago in 2017 long before the debate on zoning in Cross River State got to this level, a video hit the data dependent world of the internet from the staple of Channels TV's Hard Copy, a program anchored by Maope Ogun, where the Nigerian political public saw the two-time governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke in defence of his action to run for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the flag of the SDP said "I have never subjected myself to zoning". In explicit terms, he was of the view that his rise to power didn't occur as a result of zoning, rather, he fought long and hard to undo his opponents from other zones of the state who wrestled against him for the position of governship between 1999 - 2007.

It is chronologically true and unchallengeable that Donald Duke had contenders from other zones of the State during his quest for power, and that the political contest was tough, and that he had to strategize and engage his best of initiatives to clench to power. 

But one major thing, our revered governor who placed Cross River State on the global tourism map and made Cross River State the warmest destination, missed out in all of his historical reference to the fact that he didn't rise to power through the working of zoning is that, his ascension to power had not only a divine touch but also signals the continuity of the ever present, longstanding intervention of the cosmic on Cross Riverian affair, only that during his time up till his departure from power_ that continuity entered a new dimension which sets a new natural order of rotational justice in unstoppable motion, and this terrestrial truth got reiterated not only in scale and scope by the fact that Liyel Imoke, with all the political, health and spiritual battles he went through and contended with, he came out healthier, stronger and outlived some of his adversaries.

And Liyel Imoke, either by political generosity or miscalculated politicking, or whatever construct you might explore in describing his moment of power transition out of  Peregrino House; gave way to the emergence of a northern senator, Ben Ayade who became the governor of the State in May 29, 2015. 

The facts as we know it is that, some of us have not been so pleased with the institutional and administrative work-quality and ethics of Ben Ayade and his dossier, but regardless how you twist it or confront it or explain it, one thing has been certain and recurrent from Donald Duke from the South; Liyel Imoke from Central; and Ben Ayade from the North, that it was no coincidence that there was a natural flow from South-to-Central-to-North, and that the cosmic has always guided the Cross Riverian Affairs.

For the aforementioned reasons, I can categorically tell you, that the cosmic isn't asleep and her commitment to lay to waste the devices of mere mortals who seek to fight the cosmic and derail natural order and  sequence that would sustain rotational justice is ever strong. As ancient Egyptians would say, "mortals can neither defeat the cosmic nor do the undoable".

Today, if you look at historical pattern and events leading to it, it is easier to profess that *Back-To-South* is alive, daringly and even more powerful than ever before, not because humans said so, but because, it is a product of the cosmic with some natural force too invincible to contend with; and this comes with some subtle assurance that humans (both those in favor of it or against it for whatever reasons) are only but working either in error or in wisdom to accomplish it and the geopolitical justice its natural orderliness and cosmic  guidance bring. 


Richard F Inoyo,
Editor @Justice Movement and
Atiku, Obi suffer setback as PDP, LP members defect to APC in C'River

Asuquo Cletus Felix | 16th September 2022

Politics they say is a game of numbers, as the 2023 general elections draw closer, some members of both the People's Democratic Party and Labor Party in Cross River State over the week defected to All Progressives Congress in Cross River State. 

No fewer than 170 supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, including the party's mobilisers in Calabar South Local Government Area, Of Cross River State,   have defected to the All Progressives Congress.

Prominent among the defectors are the PDP mobiliser for Calabar South LGA and some former lawmakers and party stalwarts at the grassroots cutting across, the People's Democratic Party, Labour Party and other political parties. 

Leading the defectors, Emmanuel Omini, a grassroots mobiliser for the PDP cited the performance of Prince Bassey Otu, a former lawmaker, and flag bearer of the All Progressive Congress, Cross River State for Gubernatorial elections in 2023 as reasons for their defection. 

He added that the unending crisis bedevilling the party has made them seek refuge in the moving train of the All Progressives Congress as they are not willing to continue waiting. The decampees also expressed disappointment, on how they were treated, according to them, the party had forgotten them and never gave them any consideration, hence they were not willing to be addressed as its supporters, nor mobilize for the general elections.

The defectors were received by the state  APC chairman Alphonsus Oga Eba,  in a "Thank-You" initiated by the Prince Otu Gubernatorial Campaign Organisation, which took place on Thursday, at the Calabar South Local Government Secretariat.

Emmanuel, who spoke on behalf of the decampees, vowed to ensure the election of Prince Bassey Otu, as the candidate of the APC in the 2023 general elections.

The defectors who commended Prince Otu for attracting empowerment projects to the constituency pledged to continually support him to attract more development to the state in 2023.

He said, "We are not surprised with Prince Bassey Otu, because his performance, even while he was in the Senate, has spoken already for him.

"You demonstrated your move, love for the people when as a senator,  you shared and empowered the youths and women, your doors when you were senator was always open.

"Now you are coming to run  as a governor of our state, we  have seen all that you have done across boards when you empowered our brothers and sisters, and we have decided to join you and your party for the general benefit of our people."

He also said other defected PDP alongside their supporters, have all agreed that "they will never labour to death".

In his response, Prince Otu expressed optimism that with the enthusiasm displayed by the defectors, APC would emerge victorious in the 2023 polls.

The former lawmaker who reiterated his commitment to promoting the interest of the State and the people pointed out that he would continue to attract federal government presence to the state.

"I am indeed happy with your commitment to ensuring our party soars above others come 2023.

"I want to appeal to you not to see yourself as newcomers, but part of the process to ensure a better state," he stated.

Similarly, Chairman of the State  APC  Alphonsus Oga Eba, assured the decampees that they would be accorded full  rights and privileges enjoyed by other members of the party.
Ben Akak: A Leader With A Difference By Ita Bassey

The mammoth crowd that turned out to welcome OtuEkong Engr. Ben Akak during  the APC governorship flag bearer, Senator Bassey Otu Thank-You Tour in Odukpani LGA was not only an indication that he is a true son of the soil, but a reflection of the depth of love and acceptance from his dear people which can be traced to his numerous projects cutting across the length and breadth of Cross River State. 

The epoch making event attended by the crème de la crème as well as candidates contesting for various political offices at the local, state and federal levels was almost hijacked by Ben Akak supporters as spectators gazed in awe at the level of love and loyalty poured out on this great man.

OtuEkong Ben Akak is an epitome of who a true leader should be. His priorities are unambiguous; they are straight, precise and realistic. It is about the people,their welfare, social amenities, the future of the young people, empowering the women and reaching out to the downtrodden in the society.

He is one leader whose generosity is not for self-aggrandisement neither for political crown(rewards).

His activities via the Ben Akak Foundation is apolitical, devoid of tribal or ethnic sentiments cum political affiliations.

Such a leader as Engr. Ben Akak is not only rare in the Nigerian politics but Africa as a whole. He is a leader whose promises are never altered irrespective of circumstances (whether he is favoured afterwards or not).

He is a man Cross Riverians in particular and Nigerians in general should look out for in the nearest future for efficient and effective representation.
Back to South: North, Central collapse structure for APC as Otu rounds up 'Thank-You' Tour

Asuquo Cletus Felix | 17th September 2022

Political bigwigs across the three senatorial districts of Cross River State have pledged unalloyed support for the candidacy of Sen. Prince Bassey Otu, stating that he is the only candidate known to them that can change the fortune of the state.
This was made known in an event in Odukpani to round up the statewide "Thank-You" tour organised by the campaign organisation of Prince Otu who is the Gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress.    

Speaking at the event, Stella Odey, Commissioner for Local Government Affairs who spoke for the Northern Senatorial District informed us that the North has fully collapsed their political structure for the south and the south have produced Prince Otu as their consensus candidate. 

"We from the Northern Senatorial district, fully collapse our political structures to the South, we are fully supporting the South, the South has produced one candidate and that is Senator Prince Otu, any other person we do not know.

"We promise that we from the North e don't have any candidate, the only candidate we know is prince Otu our from the south our Governor". She said.

Also speaking, Dr Emmanuel Egbei said
"The central Senatorial district, we are pulling down all support for the South, for Prince Otu, vote prince Otu for equity and justice, so that our children will not suffer.

"We are aware that some people are trying it to support this cause, but we have decided and we are resolute to zone power back to the south."

Recently, the political atmosphere in Cross River State has been washed with various political actors, indicating and canvassing support for the southern Senatorial district.