Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Cross River State, Mr. Eyo Ekpo has promised to use all within his powers to ensure the state enjoy absolute and sustainable peace when he becomes governor of the state.
The former attorney-general of the state said this when he paid a visit to the Upol Lopon of Ugep, Obol Ofem Eteng, saying he was familiar with the crisis in the state, as he had dealt with some of them while he served under the administration of Donald Duke.
He said "we heard about the crisis between Usomutong and Ediba and we also heard about your visit to the president and we understand that you raised these issues with the president, we can only hope that he listens and put an end to these crises which had claimed both lives and properties alike, because we can't be leaders and these crises are allowed to continue."
Ekpo said Yakurr was dear to him and critical to the Cross River project and therefore cannot be left behind when discussions on Cross River development was being held.
Responding, the Upol Lopon thanked the governorship candidate for the visit and praised the party for making an Ugep son chairman of the party.
The royal father said that his primary responsibility on the throne was to his people and that was why he has been doing all within his power to ensure peace in his area.
"My responsibility is to my people and I will go anywhere and any length to ensure that there is peace within my territory. When the governor talked about building a new city, I suggested they use the land under dispute, when I heard the Civil Defence wanted to establish a training centre, I suggested same, all these efforts are geared towards ensuring peace in these areas."
The Upol Lopon blessed the team and encouraged them to engage in a campaign devoid of any form of violence.
Meanwhile, Ekpo has said that his administration will create a conducive working environment for automobile technicians and mechanics to operate from, so as to make their jobs easier and smother.
He said the 'mechanic village' arrangement made the sourcing of spare parts for the mechanics, technicians and vehicle owners a lot more easier.
At a familiarization visit to members of the Nigeria Automobile Technician Association (NATA), Cross River State chapter, in Calabar the Cross River State capital, he noted that his government would create a platform where the current artisans and technicians could upgrade their skills and also serve as formal institutions where others could be trained.
In his response, vice chairman of NATA, Edoho Sam expressed the association's readiness to fully support the aspirations of Ekpo but advised that the consultations be extended to cover all local governments in the state.
“We will give you all our support. My wife and all our children in the university who are up to 18, we will mobilize them for you. We will put you in our prayers also because the journey is not easy."