Akpan Etukudoh Asare
Stakeholders from the Cross River Northern Senatorial Forum (CRNSC) has threatened to move their political supports to the ruling PDP in the state because of the perceived alliance against the district to block them from producing Governor to complete their tenure of eight years.
They have described as gross injustice meted against them by their party, the APC,.
They have therefore vowed to vote against the party if the governorship ticket of the party which was zoned to the area in 2014 is not retained.
In a statement issued in Calabar by the group’s Spokesman, Joseph Ogah, they said that the President Muhammadu Buhari led government has not been fair to members of the party from the zone in terms of appointment and will resist any move by corrupt people who just defected to the party to hijack the ticket from the north.
The group said that if the APC don’t want people from the northern senatorial district of the state in the party, they won’t hesitate to seek their political fortune elsewhere where every zone will be treated equally.
They questioned why zoning was observed in the recently held congresses from ward to national but some “greedy and self-seeking intruders” are going about planning to take what was zoned to the north in 2014.
“The message we have to pass in this press statement is simple; we will vote the PDP massively if the governorship ticket is given to another senatorial district. Akwa, Anambra etc have in line with the party instructions retained the 2014 zoning but in Cross River some people who don’t mean well for APC are trying to scuttle the agreement.
“In 2014, party positions were zoned and the governorship ticket was zoned to the north. Odey Ochicha from the north was APC governorship candidate and he came second in that election. It was because of Ochicha’s effort that President Buhari had up to 28,000 votes, the highest votes an opposition party ever had in the state. He went to evey corner of the state with his personal resources campaigning for himself and Buhari. The then party Chairman who is today eating large as the Niger Delta Minister never followed him for once to any campaign nor released funds for campaign.
“Many of us used our money to work for APC but when the party won, the zone was completed neglected. No reasonable appointment was given to the north despite the numerous juicy appointments that came to the state.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s envoy to Uganda, Chief Nya Asuquo has said in Calabar that he has stepped down for Senator John Owan-Enoh who represents the Cross River north in the Senate for the governorship race.
He also said he will back him against anyone else from the Cross River north
Asuquo explained that Owan-Enoh as a Senator has had an unblemished record in public service.
According to him, the Senator’s perception of the people’s mandate as a public trust “is one of the critical and pivotal factors” that has given him an edge over other aspirants for the position of governor in the state.
“His humility, compassion, and love for his people are qualities which has not gone unnoticed by even his most implacable critics. Senator Owan-Enoh sees public office as a vehicle of social engineering and an opportunity to make the difference in the society,” the Ambassador said.
On why he stepped down for the Senator, Asuquo explained that although he had the ambition of running for the governorship position, he had to surrender to Owan-Enoh to enable him continue as an Ambassador.
He pledged his support to the Senator for what he called, “his staying power which revolves around the people.
“The distinctive quality of his politics and representation gives hope that in spite of our failings as a people, in spite of our missed opportunities, there is still hope for a new, prosperous Cross River with Senator Owan-Enoh,” he said.