A former female member of the House of Representatives from Calabar Municipality and Odukpani Federal Constituency, Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo has officially declared her intention to contest the 2023 governorship elections in Cross River State.
Toyo made the declaration in Calabar municipality over the weakened at ward 5, Calabar municipality and was witnessed by the ward executives of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. She presented what she called her six pillars of focus, with which she will drive the recovery, repositioning and resetting of Cross River State, for both national and international competitiveness.
She said: “I am competent, I am capable and I know what it takes to do it. If you go by my track record, I can also show that I have done those things in the past. It is not a matter of being a former president or being a man; it is simply a matter of competence.
The PDP aspirant argued that those who say it was a man’s job to run for the office of governor were making a big mistake. She insists it’s about competence not gender. She is the first female aspirant to join the 2023 governorship struggle in the state.
“Here in Cross River State, so many things have not worked as we want them to work: so we decided that we have to take back power in the state and take the state back to where it used to be.
“When something is not what you want, you have to recover. Then we want to reset it, if you want to take something forward; when you recover it, you reset it. The third is that we want to reposition the state: so that it can complete with every state in the country and beyond.”