Barring last minute change of plans, Port Harcourt based businessman and chieftain of the APC in Cross River State, Chris Agara is soon to declare his intention to contest the 2023 gubernatorial election.
He hopes to succeed his bosom friend, Prof Ben Ayade as governor of the state. But his declaration will go against the position of the governor who has said repeatedly, that he stand with the south and will support them to produce the next governor.
Agara is from Ikom in the central part of the state. He and Ayade are known to be very close friends. In 2019, Agara had contested for the senate seat to represent Cross River central under the PDP.
But Ayade could not protect his interest when the PDP power brokers asked him to choose between his return ticket for the governorship seat and a senate ticket for his friend Agara. Of course he sacrificed his friend to be able to secure his return ticket.
The situation led to a serious quarrel between the duo for quite a while. They eventually reconciled and Agara forgave Ayade, in what a mutual friend described as Agara’s show of maturity for the sake of their friendship which is believed to have lasted for decades.
A close confidant of Agara told TNN in an interview that the philanthropist will soon declare his ambition to contest for the governorship set. The source ssid “yes, I can confirm to you that Chief Agara will declare very soon.
“Whether the governor is talking about zoning or not, it does not matter. The governor has a right to declare his stance on any issue, but that is where it ends. He does not have the right to say where the next governor should come from. Only the people of Cross River can do that and for now, there is no such thing as zoning in our state.
“I can assure you that Chief Agara will declare his ambition and he will go ahead and pick the form, contest for the primaries of the APC and win. He will go ahead to win the main election.”
Efforts to reach Agara to speak on the issue was not successful.