Friday, 2 August 2019

C'River 2023: The South should not be taken for a ride, Nsemo replies Northern agenda agitators

Ukorebi Esien







Mr. Stanley Nsemo, former DG of Cross River Advertising Agency and a Southern political has sent strong worded message to all those agitating for the scraping of the gentleman zoning agreement operational in the state.



Nsemo's message which is deemed to be timely and apt amidst recent jostling and mind game playing from some certain group of persons of Northern Cross River State extraction, in a bid to sell the notion that the governorship slot of 2023 is a free for all game with the North who will be ending the conventional rotational zoning structure operational in the state by 2023, being favoured by their selfish calculations to begin the zoning circle, 




According to the statement made available to TDN, Nsemo, reminded the political pundits involved in the proliferation of such myopic, self-centered and selfish political reasoning that the South had always stood by any zone the pendulum of conventional zoning swings to, notwithstanding its political and financial strength.

"Interestingly, the southern senatorial zone has always played its part in standing for the zoning agreement. We in the south have thoughtfully supported this zoning arrangement understanding our strength politically and financially".  He noted.

"When HE Donald Duke was in power and it was the time of the central, various groups came up and tried to derail this brotherly agreement, but Gov Duke sat strong and supported the central senatorial zone. ABI produced Sen Imoke

"Then it was HE Liyel Imoke's turn and he also got an ear full about how there was no arrangement and why he should support the south instead of the north(at this point, we also had a Minister and Chairman NDDC), and he as well knew history would judge his ability to resist that divisive use of power. Sen Imoke stood his ground as well and supported the north to produce their first Governor.

"Now the pen of history has moved into the hands of Prof Ayade, who has made it clear that this is a none issue. HE Ayade has built his governance on equity and peaceful coexistence of the three senatorial districts. He has given the south his word and I have taken that to the bank.



Nsemo warned that the silence of the South over what he described as "Testing the Waters and renewed mirage talks "aimed at weighing the unity of the south, should not be seen as weakness. He also warned that "this is not the time to forget that power is given in trust, as peace and equity is forged when power rotation is respected. 

"For us in the south, our silence in this renewed mirage talks is not a weakness, we understand that people are testing the waters to see if we are indeed united in thought and purpose. 

"To clarify my aforementioned proverb, these people singing the songs of "end the rotation" under the guise of it should be restarted, should know there is a reason why there has been peace in the PDP family. That peace and equity is forged respecting the power rotation...this is not the time to forget that power is given in trust". He warned. 

 
The statement reads in parts:

"There is an Efik proverb that says Ama fre' ntak, ntak otogho. The English translation of this age old wisdom is; when you forget the reason, that reason will revolt.

I have always believed that when power is given, the true content of a person is revealed. Needless to say that the misplaced agitation for power to remain in the northern senatorial district from some of our brothers from the north is disappointing, but expected.


For us in the south, our silence in this renewed mirage talks is not a weakness, we understand that people are testing the waters to see if we are indeed united in thought and purpose. 

To clarify my aforementioned proverb, these people singing the songs of "end the rotation" under the guise of it should be restarted, should know there is a reason why there has been peace in the PDP family. That peace and equity is forged respecting the power rotation...this is not the time to forget that power is given in trust. 

When the central senatorial zone needed us, we stood strong.
When the northern senatorial zone needed us, we stood strong.
Now we will stand strong given the foundation we have built within the family.

I speak for the future,
I speak for the peace 
I speak for equity and I speak because we cannot forget the labours passed.
We know our strength and we never forget.


Stanley Nsemo-Livingstone
Son of the South

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