Godwin AJOM, Calabar
Some key members of the APC in Cross River State have declared support openly, for the governorship candidate of the PDP, Prof Sandy Onor. They see him as the man with the capacity and willingness to remember those of them who hail from Akamkpa/Biase.
According to him, the Efiksin APC do not consider them to be part of the Cross River Southern Senatorial Dsitrict, hence the continued marginalisation of the Akamkpa/Biase people in the distribution of political goodies.
Chief Sam Bassey, a chieftain of the APC, alongside hundreds of his followers who resorted over the weekend to support Onor however said their action was not in any way an anti-party activity.
“I am vehemently opposed to this kind of arrangement where some people will remain underdogs and cannot occupy certain offices. Against this background, I, some community leaders and hundreds of our followers in Akamkpa/Biase Federal Constituency have endorsed and adopted the PDP governorship candidate, Prof. Sandy Onor, ahead of 2023 polls. I believe that Senator Onor can help us; we have discussed. He is very approachable and has a listening ear. We would try our best to mobilise for the election, “he assured.
Bassey, a member of the APC legacy group, said the time had come for the political class and the parties to demonstrate equity, fairness and justice in sharing political offices, pointing out that using zoning or rotation of power to deny or marginalise other minority segments of the state was antithetical to the spirit of brotherhood.
According to him, the “back to- south” move in which both the APC governorship and senatorial candidates are from Efik and even from the same local government area in exclusion of Akamkpa and Biase local government areas is an attempt to perpetually marginalise the minorities in the south.
“I am still in the APC and a legacy member of the party. I have not defected, but the truth is that I am supporting the PDP because that is where the happiness of my people comes from. Besides, if my people are not happy in politics, I cannot even call myself a politician.”
Also speaking, Chief Emmanuel Ogban, also from Akamkpa/Biase federal constituency said “some of us have already made up our minds and are mobilising our people to work for PDP governorship candidate to fight marginalisation in the south. We have been neglected. This 2023 election is not about party affairs, it is about capacity and credibility as well as who can deliver and redeem us from sufferings and economic doldrums.