Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Mr. Eyo Ekpo and the Senatorial Candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Mr. Hilary Bisong endeared themselves to the crowd at the 2018 FAD FM political summit in Calabar.
Mr. Etim Bassey and Mrs. Stella Odey who were panelists at the event which held at the Calabar Municipal Dome got booed when they tried to defend Senator Ben Ayade from the allegations of the Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr. Eyo Ekpo that he has not performed.
Ekpo had accused Ayade of failing at the basic rudiments of governance which, according to him, was why the streets were dirty, the state water board not functional, while there has been insecurity in the state.
Ekpo further stated that ideas were no longer debated at the state executive council level, as none of such meetings have held for a long time now.
But the Director General of the State Investment Bureau, Mr. John Etim Bassey amidst tried to defend Ayade. Etim stated that it was easy to misunderstand government and governance when one was not in power and that Ayade came with a plan to industrialize Cross River and he has been doing that pretty well.
When the microphone was passed to the commissioner for women affairs, she countered Ekpo, stating that there has been regularly executive council meetings.
The event which was organized by FAD FM Calabar had as keynote speaker, Prof. Akin Oyebode and had representatives from INEC and security agencies.
Meanwhile, Mr Wofai Ewa, the Cross River State Social Democratic Party (SDP) Deputy Governorship candidate has said that the focus of the SDP campaign and the ticket will be to return Cross River State to the “path of focused leadership.
Ewa who stated this in a statement accepting his nomination said he would put his wealth of experience to the service of the state.
“A couple of weeks ago, I received news of my nomination as deputy governor nominee and running mate to Barrister Eyo O. Ekpo of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) with equal measures of surprise, elation and humility.
I am keenly aware of the expectations placed on my shoulders to not only play a decisive role in ensuring a victory for my party the SDP, but also the urgency of the broader recover and restore project. We need to return our great State to the path of credible, transparent and focused leadership, for the benefit of Cross Riverians at home and abroad”.
“This nomination could have been anyone . I say this having knowledge of the depth and quality of young talents native to and resident in Cross River, who yearn to be afforded an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to this state's progress. They hardly ever get a look-in. This opportunity offered me by Eyo Ekpo and the SDP is in line with their focus on young people as the leaders of now, not a future which never comes.
“I pledge to lend my talents and experience in the service of Cross River, especially in the areas of conflict resolution and effective management of government projects. Concerning the former, I am deeply worried about recent communal clashes in Abi LGA. I will be putting out an action plan to end communal clashes in these areas soon.”