Saturday, 12 March 2022

2023: Otu Warns Naysayers, Don't judge us with Akpabuyo By-election, The South is Ready"

Sen. Prince Bassey Otu

Ukorebi Esien | 13th March, 2022

A former senator representing southern senatorial district of Cross River State, Prince Bassey Otu has said that the South is very ready to take over the helms of affairs of the state come 2023 while warning those peddling misconstrued calculations that the South isn't ready for 2023 because of the events of the Akpabuyo by-elections. 

Speaking with newsmen shortly a world press conference organised by stakeholders from the southern senatorial district, to drive home the Back to South message for 2023, Prince Bassey Otu, who is also rumoured to be eyeing Government House said it was pertinent for the South to return to the drawing board and come out with a clear cut strategy of winning the elections. 

Prince said the South is very prepared for the elections warning that nobody should judge the Senatorial District he once represented by the outcome of the recently concluded by-elections in Akpabuyo. He said, "We are very much prepared for 2023, and mind you, the byelections they are using to judge us, it's just one Local Government Area out of 18, and a close look at the results shows you that my party, the All Progressives Congress is the party to beat. 

Otu informed that the APC had in the said byelections increased its votes compared to the 2019 elections which is an indication that the party has moved from where it was in 2019. 

"No, You cannot use that by-elections as a yardstick, yes for most people they may look at it as a disappointment, but for me I see it as something, that has awoken everybody, we now know that everybody must be ready for proper elections and don't forget that these elections are ongoing. The way you can measure or judge is where was APC as at that time? How many votes did APC gather? And right in this one that has come out, has APC added some votes to what they had in 2019? Because this is still that 2019 election that is going, this is a by-election, it's a conclusive part of it. So I believe that it is time for people to go back,it's a call for reawakening." He said. 

Earlier on, while reading the position of stakeholders from the southern senatorial district, Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa explained that
"For the avoidance of doubt, the leaders and people of the southern senatorial district are aware that no senatorial district can on its own make a governor, that is why we are committed to ensuring that we work harmoniously with the Central and Northern Senatorial Districts in achieving our desire for power to return to the southern senatorial district come 2023."

"Furthermore, we will like to use this opportunity to call on all well-meaning Cross Riverians to rise in support of power rotation and return of power to the southern senatorial district come May 29th, 2023"

"We wish to reassure Cross Riverians and residents of Cross River State that the southern senatorial district made up of Seven (7) Local Government Areas has men and women with impeccable character, institutional memory and requisite experience to govern Cross River State and provide purposeful leadership that will take our state to enviable height."