Saturday, 23 April 2022

Finally, Otu Throws Hat Into the Ring, Harps on Youth Development, Tourism, Agriculture

Prince Bassey Otu flanged by friends during 
His declaration in Odukpani 

Sen. Bassey Otu, a former lawmaker, who represented Cross River Southern Senatorial District in the Red Chambers of the National Assembly has finally thrown his hat in the ring by officially declaring his intention to run for the office of governor of Cross River State.

Otu who declared in his country home of Adiabo Okurikang, Creek Town in Odukpani local government area, said he will leverage on the gains made by the governor Ben Ayade's administration, especially in the areas of human empowerment and youth involvement in politics.

He advised young people to be productive and avoid being used as political thugs. Emphasising that when they are involved in both the electoral process and governance they could be a strong force to reckon with in moving Cross River State forward. 

Otu who hinged his campaign mantra on  three significant spheres of the economy  such as, Youth Development, Tourism and Agriculture also said he has identified 13 key areas of the state economy that needs revamp and has provided solutions for them, but will reel them out while presenting his manifesto in a more elaborate event to be held soon in Calabar.

Speaking on his late declaration he said he had to engage in deep consultations across the state and was comfortable with the results thus his entrance into the race. 

"I stand here today with all sincerity of purpose and humility, that I am ready to serve you as the governor of Cross River State come 2023. I have taken time after a very coordinate research and several data analysis, that a new and better Cross River State is possible. Together, we want to build that Cross River State.
"Some people said I came very late but I don't think so, because of the home work I had to do." He said. 

On the ceding of Bakassi Peninsula and 76 Oil wells, to Cameroon and Akwa Ibom respectively the former two term member of the house of representatives, regretted the lost while promising to revisit the issue if elected governor.

"we lost Bakassi, which was very painful, and if given the opportunity, we will revisit the issue of Bakassi." He said.

The highly cerebral lawmaker and grassroot politician who is widely loved in the State was welcomed by a large crowd of both APC and none APC members.