Monday, 8 November 2021

C'River 2023: Ayade's Aide Backs Southern Governorship, Harps on Unity

As the discuss on who succeeds governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, come 2023 gets stronger with arguments of scraping or retaining the political zoning formula that has guided the state so far getting fiercer, Stanley Nsemo, DG General of the State Electrification Agency, SEA has called for unity and oneness amongst political gladiators in the Southern Senatorial District of the State. 

Nsemo who was speaking at the recently held Town Hall Meeting organized by the Cross River South Coalition aimed at Reaffirming the Calabar - Ogoja Accord, informed that amidst the agitations that power should rotate back to Southern Cross River, is the fear of the disunity in the South. He therefore used the occasion to call on all southerners irrespective of political affiliation to speak with one voice and avoid betraying the interest of the south. 

Nsemo who spoke for Calabar Municipality in the Town Hall Meeting, however, expressed optimism that the South will definitely be united to take over power come 2023. According to him, the mammoth crowd witnessed and the caliber of persons who came out to lend their voices as it concerns the subject matter is a sign that the South can indeed be united towards 2023 and beyond.

His words; "Having transverse and discussed with people across the state, from the shores of Bakassi to the hills of Obanliku, one thing that keeps rearing its head is the question, can the South stand together? That is the one thing that everyone keep asking me, can the South stand together?
...But today, looking at this crowd, looking at the multitude of people that i have seen here, looking at the Chiefs, the elders and caliber of persons gathered here, I think that question have been answered and put to rest once and for all. 

It is a known fact the Calabar - Ogoja Accord is legal and binding, it is a known fact that the it is the turn of the south to produce the next Governor of the State, what was unknown is if the South can speak in one voice declaring that this is our opportunity this is our turn and we will go for it."

The event which was well attended had all the 7 Local Government Areas that make up the South well represented with elder statesmen from both the Central and Northern Senatorial District of the State all declaring support and reaffirming the validity of the Calabar - Ogoja accord.

Highpoint of the event was the declaration for the turn of the South to produce the next Governor of Cross River State come 2023 and the reaffirmation of the spirit of Calabar-Ogoja Accord  of 1980.