By Comfort Ekun:
Cross River Daily News reports that former Attorney General of Cross River State and governorship aspirant, Barr. Eyo Ekpo has accused the current state government under the care of Sen. Ben Ayade of lacking the vision, as well as capacity and patience to lead effectively.
Barr. Ekpo stated this recently in Calabar at the inauguration of the Social Democratic Party, SDP State Executive Council.
According to the SDP guber aspirant, the Cross River State is at a crossroad, a situation, he said required a more dedicated, determined and courageous leadership.
The governorship aspirant noted that it was time for Cross Riverians to come out en mass and rescue the state from the woods by using their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, to vote out mediocrity for integrity, accountability and a return to the path of progress.
He said “ SDP is the only alternative for Cross Riverians and Nigerians; and the expectation of the good people of Cross River State is that we have a governor, who has the capacity, one who is able and committed. We want a governor that is youthful, energetic, visionary and vibrant and I have all it takes”.
He charged party faithful to remain hardworking, dedicated and committed so as to take SDP to every nook and cranny within the state as well as ensuring that Cross Riverians take SDP as the only alternative to recover and rescue the state come 2019.
Also, the National Organizing Secretary, SDP, Mr Emeka Atuma represented by Prince Patrick Amethua stressed the party’s readiness to win the 2019 election, noting “our party’s preparedness to win Cross River and Nigeria come 2019 cannot be overemphasized. Our party’s ideology is not that of personal interest one for the common good”.
Similarly, the National Woman Leader of SDP, Mrs Maggi Batubo enjoined women in the state to participate actively by bringing and encouraging others to support and be incorporated into the party.
Batubo disclosed that SDP was the only political party to make provisions for the women by giving them a voice and opportunities.
She further described women as bridge builders, opinion moulders and icons of development, noting that “women’s relevance in Nigeria’s political landscape is a do-without. Women have a major role to play in the growth and development of the State and the Nation in general”.
Another national official, Elder Isaac Ogona, the Assistant Secretary, South-South, also reiterated SDP’s preparedness to take over the leadership of Nigeria come 2019 and enjoined faithfuls to actively take the campaign every home across the nation.
The State Chairman of SDP, Chief Eni Ikpi, popularly known as “PLATO”, pledged the commitment of executives to deliver the party come 2019 and appreciated the national officers for saddling them with the responsibilities.