Wednesday, 19 September 2018

2019 Governorship: The South are not fools, Ibok warns C'river central Leaders

| 19 September 2018 | Ukorebi Esien

A fearless and vocal aspirant for the Federal seat of Akpabuyo, Bakassi and Calabar South Federal Constituency at the Green Chambers if the National Assembly, Mr. Austine Ibok has called on politicians from the Central senatorial district of Cross River state not to take the quietness of Southern Leaders as foolishness.

Mr. Ibok made this call Wednesday while reacting to information which has it that leaders the People's Democratic Party, PDP from the central part of the state are sponsoring some politicians across party board to take over governance come 2019 as against the zoning system that exist within the party.

Mr. Ibok noted that such act is tantamount to "greed" and "wickedness" which he said his generation will fight to a standstill. He further advised that political ideologies should be premised on justice, equity and fairness while wondering how anybody from the central part of the state will conceive such a prejudiced thought of been the next governor of Cross River State just after the central senatorial district just finished her uninterrupted eight years tenor. 

Mr. Ibok's statement reads in full:

"Our political ideology should be premise on Justice,Equity and fairness..How on earth will anybody conceived of been the next Govenor from the central CRS after Sen Liyel Imoke of 8 years? So we from the South we don't deserved Governorship? Are we fools from the South? 

 We are not talking about party affiliation here. Our generation will fight this level of greed and wickedness to a stand still..Let's wait until after all parties primaries! Don't take our silence for a fool or weakness..."

It should be recalled that after Mr. Donald Duke from the Southern part of Cross River administered the state for eight years, Sen. Liyel Imoke from Central took over for another eight years before handing over to Sen. Ben Ayade from the North in 2015 who is about rounding up the first four years of the North in line with the zoning arrangement as enshrined in the conventional structure of the People Democratic Party.

Insider information has it that Leaders from the South are are worried with this development with the calculation that should any other zone take over the mantle of leadership of the state in 2019 out side the North or Ayade, it may take them another 12 years or more to produce a governor. To this end, they have resolved to fight either to produce the next governor come 2019 or support Ayade for 2019 and wait for 2023. 

Although a faction of the APC under the auspices of Cross River North Solidarity Forum have vowed to ensure that the party's ticket goes to a northern candidate or they will vote for Ayade of the PDP.

Ukorebi Esien blogs for TDN where he tells the Nigerian story one article at a time.

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