BY Alobo Eba
Some Elder statemen and Political leaders in Cross River State have declared support for governorship to return to the Southern Senatorial District in 2023.
They made the declaration during the official flag-off of Back2South campaign which took place at the Cultural center, Calabar.
Speaking during the flag-off, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Political Affairs, Ntufam Peter Abang Ojie called on young people to rise up and advocate for their rights saying “It is not about physical fight but intellectual one. Anybody who understands politics will understand that you’ve taken the right steps in ensuring equity. For you guys, what you needed is a grounding in the political history of Cross River State.
He added that “I was part of the rotation process in 1999. I am the longest state Deputy Chairman of the PDP in Nigeria. I spent time with the party. The time has come when we have to raise a new leadership and that time is now. The challenge is yours. For now, we must ensure that we sustain that which we’ve started.
Power will not be handed to the South in a platter. We must begin an engagement. You’re the next generation and what you do with the power at your disposal now determine whether you will get it or not.”
On his part, a former State Chairman of PDP, Ntufam John Archort Okon gave a detailed analysis of how the rotation process of the governorship seat started in the state. He said “I thank you for taking the initiative and I urge you to continue to be good and as leaders, we will support you to see that you succeed.”
The DG of Code 888, Maurice Nkong said as a generation “We recognise Cross River as a political family and every family must stick together. No one in the family will be happy if he or she is cheated when it comes to sharing inheritance. As young people, we are like a watchdog and we are standing as a third force.”
He added “When it comes to mobilization in the North, I know that we have capable hands that will not let us down. Injustice prevail when good men keep quiet. Politics is a game of number and choice. But what I notice is that no matter how strong you think you are, the force of rotation in Cross River is like a tsunami. In this generation, we have aligned, and we want to play the power game and bring power back to the South in 2023. In the south, we have surplus capacity. At this stage of our Political dispensation, there is no LG in the state that cannot produce a good material for the office of the governor. We are looking for a good administrator. Somebody whose shoulder is down. I also want to encourage the youths to get ready, for the time is now.”
On his part, Comr. Dan Obo, State Chairman of NYCN said “Whether you’re from the North or Central, or South, you must know that power is taken not given. So anyone comes to wrestle the power from the South, you don’t have to blame us. You cannot undermine the effort of all of us sitting down here. For us as a generation, as long as we stay till 2023, we will mobilize a Governor from the South. You must come out as a generation to struggle for power because you have our support.”
He called on the youths to get involved saying “As young people, we must be interested in the techniques used in retaining power. When the message comes, how well are we prepared. Whatever it is, this is our time to protect whatever is built. Anybody from the Central or North who comes to ask for governorship, is a generational distractor. I want to appeal to our fathers, that as we go towards 2023, it is time to do the right thing. We need to sit down with our elders to discuss with them why power should be given to the young people.”
In his opening address, Great Ogban, the Deputy DG, South welcomed everyone present saying “It is a campaign geared towards returning power to the South in Cross River.”