2023: Cross River Economic Growth, My Major Concern — Gershom Bassey
Cross River youths have endorsed the candidature of Senator Gershom Bassey for the state’s 2023 governorship race.
They also resolved that 2023 is the turn of Cross River South senatorial to produce the next governor for the state after Senator Ben Ayade.
The youths under the auspices of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) said this in Calabar on Wednesday when Senator Bassey consulted them for their support in his 2003 governorship race.
Chairman of the NYCN, Comrade Dan Obo said, Senator Bassey is tested and trusted and “we know that if you (Bassey) is not sure of winning the election you will not come out to contest”.
The youths said, Senator Bassey has been in the corridors of power right from the Donald Duke to Liyel Imoke era and now he is a senator so he has all the experience to govern the state effectively come 2023.
Just before the commencement of the meeting, Odo said the youth council is totally in support of power shift and rotation to the south come 2023 because “it is the turn of the south as all the senatorial zones have taken their turn and by fairness and equity we are supporting the South and Central Senatorial should stay clear and even if they come here with bullion van we will not accept”.
He said, “the youths of this country especially Cross River State have been undermined for too long . And for the fact that you have decided to come and meet with us shows a very serious concern and we shall not take it for granted.
“I also want to thank you for the young people you have been able to support through your empowerment programmes. So I welcome you and pray that God will continue to protect and guide you throughout this journey”.
The youths said, “Make us part of your government. The youths must be given responsible positions in your government. We want to get involved from the consultation till the swearing in and appointment”.
On his part, Bassey who recently sponsored a motion in the Senate on, “The Need to Prioritise