Godwin AJOM, Calabar
Following continuous pressure from women, youths, students and other apolitical groups across Cross River state and particularly those from the southern senatorial district, Senator Prince Bassey Out says he is willing and ready to declare his intention to contest for the governorship of the state.
The senator said this when a group of students from the seven local government areas of the southern senatorial district of the state paid him a courtesy visit at his residence in Calabar. The students prevailed on the former lawmaker in an elongated meeting giving him reasons why he was the most suitable candidate for the APC governorship ticket.
Speaking on behalf of the students who were drawn from all the three senatorial districts, Justine Edede said the only person that could withstand the heat of the governorship race was Otu.
“Looking at your track record, we are here because you are the one who can save our people. Having built school blocks across the senatorial district, ensured students bursary and scholarships were paid, we believe that with you in Government House, Cross Riverians are sure of sustainable development.
“We are very explicit, we are here to tell you to enter the race, join the governorship race for 2023 and contest for governor. We are behind you,” the students insisted.
Responding, Otu said “you have all come at the most auspicious of times; our state has lost so much, we can’t really compare ourselves even with third generation states. Ebonyi was just created a few years ago, but today, it is even difficult for us to compare ourselves with Ebonyi state.
“I have listened to your call that I should jump into the race. Well, I needed to hear from my constituency before I take that decision. I think like you think and feel the pains you feel. So come Friday, I will be going straight to my ward, I will be going there to declare to run for governorship.
“I will soon be unveiling what I have. It is taking me time because I needed proper consultations. I have had a lot of ‘come to declare’ from too many support groups, from too many local governments, across the state. I have weighed it and with the eventual persuasion from these young people, indeed, I am fully persuaded that yes, it is time to run.”