Akpan Etukudoh Asare
Senator representing Cross River State central, John Owan-Enoh has described Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State as incompetent and this was impacting against the state.
Declaring his intention to contest the governorship election next year on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Owan-Enoh said they will send Ayade out of government house for because of his inept and “incompetence.”
Owan-Enoh maintained that Ayade is the only governor since the creation of the state on May 27, 1967, that has taken the people for granted.
Promising to redeem the image of the state, he said the people of the state have seeing the worst form of misrule.
“Perhaps, there has never been any time in our history that the consequences of our decision to choose who to lead us as a governor will be weighty, dramatic and consequential,” he said.
According to him, “the audacity of this announcement today is founded on my ever increasing passion to offer competent and meritorious service which our state is in dire need of,” explaining that the state was facing the greatest leadership crisis and needs somebody with a well thought-out socio-economic blueprint to redirect it.
The Senator listed education, agriculture, human capacity through skill acquisition, health and tourism as areas his administration will pay greater attention, promising that “we shall group together our socio-economic development measures into a single model of bottom-up approach.”
“My administration shall make an inclusion of distinctive measures in policies, strategies and sectoral action plans in our socio-economic affairs that would nonetheless engender appreciable progress in the quality of government’s intervention in critical sectors of our economy,” Owan posited.
Owan-Enoh, who drew supporters from the 196 wards of the state, also promised to make governance participatory, saying he will institute regular interface and interactions with the people through town hall meetings and state-wide electronic media chats, “to keep the people abreast of government programmes in order to get their buy-in, suggestions, opinions, feedback and general assessment of our deliverables.”
Meanwhile, lawmakers in the state in both National and state House of Assemblies led by the Speaker of the state assembly endorsed Ayade’s governorship form to return as the party standard bearer.
Performing the endorsement at the office of Team Ayade support group in Calabar were Senator Rose Oko, Hon. Daniel Asuquo, Hon. Mike Etaba, How. Legor Idagbo, Hon. Essien Ayi, Hon. Eta Mbora and Hon. Jarigbe Agom.