Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Owan Enoh May Change The Fortunes of PDP in CRS but Ita-Giwa, others Not a Threat- Gershom Bassey

Senator Representing Southern senatorial district of Cross River Sate Sen. Gershom Bassey who is one of the founding fathers of PDP in cross River state have revealed that  Sen. John Owan Enoh’s defection  to APC will have much effect on the party’s fortune while stating  that  the defection of the likes of Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa , Chief Edem Duke  and others who have not been active in the party can’t be a threat to the party.

The Distinguished senator who made this known recently in an interview with Johnbosco  Agbakwuru, expressed optimism that PDP will bounce back to power in the forthcoming elections notwithstanding the current misfortune it is experiencing. 

Sen. Geshome Bassey insisted that PDP is alive and well because at the grass root the party still enjoys tremendous support from Nigerians. He further observed that though the party is still suffering some leadership crisis at the national level, but the party is intact at the state (Cross River) level.

“…Look I don’t think it is about PDP or APC. I think at this point of our history, it is about Nigeria and we need to say look, what are we going to do to put Nigeria back to the pedestal where it used to be. That is what we are going to do, and it is across party lines. We need to sit down as a political class and look at how we are going to move our country forward that is the real issue. I am still a PDP member and whenever I go to my constituency and call for meeting everywhere will be full that shows that PDP is alive and well. If any of my colleagues in the PDP goes home and calls a meeting in his constituency, the hall will be full. So, the PDP is still alive and kicking. PDP is alive and well because, at the grassroots, the party still has tremendous support. Yes, there are issues at the leadership level, that is, at the national leadership level because in my state (Cross River) the party is intact.” Said Sen. Bassey

The Sen. revealed that the decamping of Sen. Owan Enoh is a loss to the party but the equation is balanced as some APC members in Owan's LGA have also moved to PDP.  He made it clear that the defection made by other members of the party does not have much effect on the party as they were not active even while in the PDP.

In his words:
"Well, I think that John Owan Enoh has some followership in the state and so we see him as a loss to the PDP. But like I said, even from his local government, others have moved from the APC to the PDP. So, there is a net effect which in the end probably might balance that."

"...Senator Florence has not been very active recently. I think she has been more involved in other issues; I am not sure she has been so active on the ground. Apart from John Owan Enoh as I said, I don’t see much effect from others that have defected."

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