Friday, 6 May 2022

C'River 2023: Southern Stakeholders Should Produce A Credible and Competent Sole Candidate From The South -Group

Press Release

C'River 2023: Our Stand on the Need for s Credible and Competent Sole Candidate from the South.

As the political cloud in cross river state begins to thicken with various aspirants bustling to sell themselves to the electoral college that forms the voting strength of their various political party's primary elections, we want to state that we are satisfied with the quality of aspirants that have so far shown up across political parties, especially those from the south. 

We therefore use this medium to once again congratulate all those who have genuinely indicated interest to sit at the helms of affairs of our dear state. The courage to put one's self up for public scrutiny and service is worthy of commending. We believe these aspirants are aware of the enormous responsibility of leading a state as peculiar as Cross River with lean resources. 

Anyone who should govern us must first be skilled in the art of financial management and multiplication as well economic growth and stability. Our civil service must be engineered as well as the educational system to encourage and build entrepreneurial spirit in Cross Riverians. Job creation and entrepreneurship development must be top on the priority list of the incoming governor. The next governor of Cross River state must of necessity possess the technical know-how and the willpower to harness the various natural resources for the prosperity of Cross Riverians. And many more.

It is therefore based on the aforementioned, that as a socioeconomic, political and good governance concerned group with a vested interest in the development of first the southern senatorial district of Cross River State, and the state at large, we, therefore, call on the leadership of all political parties to as a matter of life and death screen all governorship aspirants to reduce the number of aspirants we take to the polls.

At this point, we must revoke our commitment and sentiment of ensuring the "Back to South" agenda sees the light of the day. In as much as we have a strong interest in governance and politics, we make bold to say that we are nonpartisan, therefore, we do not care which platform or political party the next governor emerges from but we would ensure and only support any political party that produces a credible southern candidate as it's flag bearer in the forthcoming elections. We also wish to re-echo our resolve not to compromise credibility, quality and competence on the altar of zoning. What that means is that as a group of vibrant and political conscious southerners, in this forthcoming elections we will only throw our weight behind any political party that produces a credible, qualitative and competent gubernatorial candidate from the Southern Senatorial District of the state. 

Thus our request is that political parties screen and streamline to ensure that only credible and competent aspirants from the South emerge as their candidates. We will galvanise our people from the seven local government areas of the south and our allies from across the state to work against any political party that produces a candidate who is not credible, competent and not from the South. 

We also want to call on Religious, Political and Traditional Leaders from Cross River South across party lines to be devoid of party sentiments and assess the various aspirants from the south in a bid to produce one single candidate. There is an Efik adage which says "We can't go to the market with multiple bags and not get confused about which bag to drop items bought". To avoid confusion and distractions, we appeal to our elders to help save the future. 


Once again we want to reiterate our stands and concerns towards the economic development of Cross River state and Cross Riverians and on this note, we seek to state emphatically that the majority of Cross Riverians are not in support of Governor Ben Ayade's Presidential ambition as it is seen as a waste of resources that would have been ploughed into the state to boost the economic well being of Cross Riverians. Cross River State does not have resources to waste on a fruitless, selfish and personal ambition. Ayade should for once be truthful to himself and Cross Riverians and drop such futile effort. 
Cross Riverians would prefer that he concentrates and focuses on finishing strong, especially in completing some of his projects. Most especially, he should ensure he clears all outstanding salaries, pensions and gratuities owed civil servants and retirees. If there is anything Ayade must not handover to his successor, it is the sweat and labour of those who have meritoriously served him in the various MDA's. Civil servants are the engine wheel of any government and as such they shouldn't be treated with levity. No man climbing a tree with both hands occupied will ever achieve success in such a journey.

Long live Cross River Southern Senatorial District Assembly!!!
Long live Southern Cross River State!!! 
Long live Cross River State!!! 

John Offiong 
Chief of Party