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Mr. Boyce Nsemo

CrossRiver2023: The Next Governor Must Come From The South – Ayade’s Ex-Aide

By Endurance Onun:

A political leader from the south and a former aide to Gov. Ayade, Mr. Stanley Boyce Nsemo has said that the next governor of the state must be of Southern extraction.

Nsemo stated this as a response to the gradual but silent debate that come 2023 any of the three (3) senatorial districts of the state could file guber candidates with the 3 districts having produced governors, hence, the need for a new zoning paradigm.

Nsemo believes that this recent debate is being sponsored by people of the Northern District, reiterating that 2023 guber race would not be a “free for all game” but an exclusive game for the South in line with the long standing zoning formula.

According to Nsemo, his co-debaters want a fresh zoning circle with the current circle already seen to have benefited the three (3) districts.

In his public statement made available to newsmen in Calabar, Nsemo reminded “the political pundits involved in the proliferation of such myopic, self-centered and selfish political reasoning that the South had always stood by any zone the pendulum of conventional zoning swinged to, notwithstanding its political and financial strength.

“Interestingly, the southern senatorial zone has always played its part in standing for the zoning agreement. We in the south have thoughtfully supported this zoning arrangement understanding our strength politically and financially.

“When HE Donald Duke was in power and it was the time of the central, various groups came up and tried to derail this brotherly agreement, but Gov Duke sat strong and supported the central senatorial zone. Abi produced Sen Imoke.

“Then it was HE Liyel Imoke’s turn and he also got an ear full about how there was no arrangement and why he should support the south instead of the north (at this point, we also had a Minister and Chairman NDDC), and he as well knew history would judge his ability to resist that divisive use of power. Sen Imoke stood his ground as well and supported the north to produce their first Governor.

“Now the pen of history has moved into the hands of Prof Ayade, who has made it clear that this is a none issue. HE Ayade has built his governance on equity and peaceful coexistence of the three senatorial districts. He has given the south his word and I have taken that to the bank.

“Interestingly, the southern senatorial zone has always played its part in standing for the zoning agreement. We in the south have thoughtfully supported this zoning arrangement understanding our strength politically and financially”.

Nsemo warned that the silence of the South over what he described as ‘Testing the Waters’ and renewed mirage talks aimed at weighing the unity of the south, should not be seen as weakness. He also warned that “this is not the time to forget that power is given in trust, as peace and equity is forged when power rotation is respected”.

“For us in the south, our silence in this renewed mirage talks is not a weakness, we understand that people are testing the waters to see if we are indeed united in thought and purpose.

“To clarify my aforementioned proverb, these people singing the songs of “end the rotation” under the guise of it should be restarted, should know there is a reason why there has been peace in the PDP family. That peace and equity is forged respecting the power rotation…this is not the time to forget that power is given in trust”. He warned.

The statement reads in parts:
“There is an Efik proverb that says Ama fre’ ntak, ntak otogho. The English translation of this age old wisdom is; when you forget the reason, that reason will revolt.

“I have always believed that when power is given, the true content of a person is revealed. Needless to say that the misplaced agitation for power to remain in the northern senatorial district from some of our brothers from the north is disappointing, but expected.

“Interestingly, the southern senatorial zone has always played its part in standing for the zoning agreement. We in the south have thoughtfully supported this zoning arrangement understanding our strength politically and financially. For us in the south, our silence in this renewed mirage talks is not a weakness, we understand that people are testing the waters to see if we are indeed united in thought and purpose. To clarify my aforementioned proverb, these people singing the songs of “end the rotation” under the guise of it should be restarted, should know there is a reason why there has been peace in the PDP family. That peace and equity is forged respecting the power rotation…this is not the time to forget that power is given in trust.

“When the central senatorial zone needed us, we stood strong.
“When the northern senatorial zone needed us, we stood strong.
“Now we will stand strong given the foundation we have built within the family.

“I speak for the future,
“I speak for the peace
“I speak for equity and I speak because we cannot forget the labours passed. We know our strength and we never forget,” the statement concludes.

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