Wednesday, 24 November 2021

C'River 2023: We are Waiting to See our Betrayers and Traitors, Southern Stakeholders Reveal


Arising from the recently held Town Hall Meeting organized by a nonpartisan group known as Cross River South Coalition, Stakeholders from Southern Senatorial District of the State have said they are waiting to see anyone from the zone who will accepts to be running mate or coordinator for any governorship aspirant outside the district.

This was reveal during various presentations by stakeholders and interest groups. Most of the young persons who spokr during the event vehemently spoke against the scuttling of what they described as a gentleman agreement that has kept the state peaceful and united, stating that Cross River South had waited for 16 years for the position of governor to rotate to the area as such they were no longer prepared to accept anything short of the slot.

They said, "As the countdown to 2023 elections begins,  we, the leaders, stakeholders and indeed the entire people of Southern Cross River State  Southern  Senatorial District find it expedient to speak with one voice and having met this day ask for the continued enforcement of the spirit of the Calabar-Ogoja Accord of 1980.

"Whereas, we are not unmindful of the inalienable rights of every citizen of the state to aspire to the political office of Governor; however, the principles of sequential rotation/ zoning will ensure equity and peaceful co-existence among the people."

They also said that the principle applied in 1999 when Donald Duke, from the south, emerged as governor and in 2007 when Senator Liyel Imoke from the central district was elected governor and in 2015 when the incumbent governor, Prof Ben Ayade got elected from the northern district of the state