Cross River Daily reports that Professor Eyo Etim Nyok has formally declared to contest for the number one seat in Cross River State come 2019.
Prof. Nyok made his intentions known yesterday at Cultural Center, Calabar where he promised to rebuild the state upon the actualisation of his dreams by targeting on Global Sustainable Development Goals.
The event of his declaration which was graced by big names of the All Progressive Congress, APC including the state chairman, Dr. Matthew Achigbe, his Secretary and Treasurer was chaired by Chief Joseph Ayambe with Senator Bassey Otu, and others in attendance.
Answering questions about his aspiration, especially at this point where majority of Cross Riverians feel the one-term governor, Ben. Ayade should be allowed to complete a second tenure, Prof. Nyok said he decided to run because of the “present state governance” which he said has been “broken down, and indeed become completely rocky under the watch of the present hegemony, thus exposing Cross Riverians to unwarranted frustration, and quantum hardship”.
“The present situation in Cross River State calls for unity of purpose across political party lines to salvage what is left of our dear state before it drifts into oblivion. However, a replete of historical literature lends credence to the fact that in all social change struggle, there must be elite stakeholder, corroborating the view of the Irish Philosopher and political theorists, Edmund Burke who postulates that the triumph of evil, is only when good people do nothing.
“Sequel to the above and with all humanity, as well as your esteemed permission, I have no choice but to present myself as a sacrificial lamb for the redemption of our dear state, under the platform of All Progressive Congress, APC, as I aspire to become Governor of our dear state, come 2019.
“Let me at this point, solicit your collective support for the exalted office of governor so that collectively, we can reclaim our state from the adventurers and opportunists. However, I present to you a modest proposal of what my government will do should I be given your mandate,” Prof. Eyo Etim Nyok stated.
Presenting his manifesto, Prof. Nyok said that when given mandate, his administration would seriously focus on developmental projects that will add value to the economy of the state; with special interest on security, wealth creation, women and youth empowerment, agriculture, education, health infrastructure and others.
“The overall vision shall be to target the Global Sustainable Development Goals while keying into National Development Policies and Programmes,” Prof. Eyo Etim Nyok reiterated.