2023 Elections: Power Must Return To South For Equity, Justice And Fairness — Southern PDP Elders Endorses Gershom Bassey
Elders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Cross River State’s Southern senatorial district stated yesterday that their son, Senator Gershom Bassey, is their preferred governorship candidate in the 2023 general elections, WeetalknaijaBlog reports.
For equality, justice, and fairness, the declaration signed by Barr Ekpo Ada and 19 others demanded that power be moved to the Southern senatorial district.
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Read full statement below:
THE STAND OF PDP ELDERS OF THE SOUTHERN SENATORIAL DISTRICT OF CROSS RIVER STATE, ON ZONING OF THE GOVERNORSHIP SEAT IN 2023.
In the light of palpable tension existing within the Cross River State political atmosphere, regarding which Senatorial district produces the next governor in 2023, it is needful that this brief, simplified history be made available to the public, in an attempt to put to rest issues of zoning, or free contest.
From 1999 until the recent defection by the incumbent governor to another party, Cross River State had been a PDP state with an ideology of equitable distribution of power amongst Senatorial districts. Between 1999 and 2007, former governor Donald Duke in a keenly contested election pioneered a process that instituted the need for zoning of the governorship seat, as reflected in his emergence as a southern governor. Thereafter, it became necessary for power to transit from Cross River South, to another Senatorial District within the state.
The emergence of Senator Liyel Imoke as governor from the Central Senatorial District gave credit to this calculation as he became governor between 2007 and 2015. Within this period, in what many political thinkers assumed to be a gentlemanly agreement, it was fundamentally entrenched within the PDP that when power departs from one Senatorial district, it must move to the next, in a successive manner.
To buttress this, the aforementioned school of thought was outlined as a major reason why Senator Gershom Bassey could not contest as governor in 2015, with a firm resolve by Senator Liyel Imoke to hand over power to Northern Cross River State. This birthed the emergence of the incumbent governor, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade. Having witnessed this tradition persist, it has gone beyond mere politics, to a phenomenal entrenchment of power rotation within the political ecosystem of Cross River State.
Therefore, for equity, justice and fairness, it is expedient that the governorship seat is returned to the south. After due consultation with majority of Cross River State Southern elders, it was agreed upon and signed by the underlisted, that the candidature of Senator Gershom Bassey, whose withdrawal from the governorship race in 2015 and acceptance of a northern candidate gave credence to zoning, is hereby endorsed. Within his two terms in the Senate, he has been adjudged by his scorecard, to be one of the best, highly efficient and most active senators of the Nigerian Senate, precisely among the best 10(ten). His five-point agenda is reflective of a concise plan, which if executed would take Cross River State to its desired destination. They are:
1. Prioritizing peace and security.
2. Economy restoration and development
3. Effective and inclusive governance.
4. Education/Health, Youth development and Social inclusion
It is Southern Cross River’s turn to produce the next Governor of Cross River State, and on Senator Gershom Bassey, WE STAND!
1.Chief Gershom Davis- Cal. South
2.Prof. Offiong Ani Offiong- Cal. Municipality
3.MBA Ukwenu(SAN)- Biase
4.Chief Mrs. Nella Rabana(SAN)
5.Chief Ekpenyong Uguana, aka Isaka- Biase
6.Ntufam Linus Ekpe- Akamkpa
7.Rt. Hon.(Dr.)Patrick Okon- Akpabuyo
8.Hon.(Dr.)Boniface Archibong- Akpabuyo
9.Dr. Maurice Ekong- Ca. South
10.Hon. Emmanuel Etene- Bakassi
11.Hon. Chris Ekpo- Cal. Municipality
12. Dr. Effiong Mkpanam- Cal. Municipality
13. Mr. Francis Ironbar- Cal. South
14. RT. Hon. Maurice Orok Edem- Cal. South
15.Elder Chief Mrs. Ayi Effiom Moma
16. Mrs Patricia Endeley- Cal. South
17.Deaconess Mary Etim Walker- Cal. South
18.Mrs. Rosemary Essessien- Cal. South
19. Hon. Orok Iban- Calabar south
20. Barr. Ekpo Ada- Odukpani
21.Dr. Joseph Adim Bassey- Bakassi