By Edem Darlington
Some political leaders from the seven local government areas that makes up the southern senatorial district of Cross River State yesterday met and discussed the way forward for the region as preparations for the 2023 elections draws near.
The leaders also brain stormed on the contentious zoning system.
The meeting which was convene by Senator, Princess Florence Ita Giwa had in attendance other prominent leaders from the south, including Chief. Dr. Asuquo Ekpenyong, High Chief Edem Duke, Prof. Eyo Etim Nyong, Chief Ogban Ebock and Engr. Idim Ikpeme. Others included, Chief Orok Otu Duke, Barr. Edem Ekong, Itaya Nyong serving Commissioners and local government chairmen from the region and a host of others.
Convener of the meeting, Sen. Florence Ita Giwa called on those from the south to put their heads together and consult with each other if they must wrestle power back to the south.
She maintained that now that the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade has publicly assured that power will shift to the region, it was therefore necessary for everyone to begin to work together as one united family to achieve that purpose.
According to her, “now that the governor has openly declared support for the south to produce the next governor of our dear state in 2023, the only way that we can actualize the position of governor Ben Ayade is to begin to consult and engage widely with everyone”
She called on all those with governorship interest to begin to make their intentions known so that the leaders and the people could begin to assess them rather than remaining silent.
High Chief Prof. who Etim Nyong who also spoke at the meeting advised the region to get to work immediately by creating committees that will ensure speedy activation of the process that will produce a southern governor.
Others who spoke at the meeting commended the efforts of Sen. Ita Giwa in pioneering the role that will ensure the emergence of a competent and acceptable candidate that will take Cross River to a greater height.
They insisted that within the southern district are men and women with proven track record of competence, integrity and wide acceptability by all Cross Riverians.
Others called on the leaders to coordinate the entire region in other to have one formidable front that will last beyond election period.
They frowned at the arrogance and pride exhibited by some candidates from other region against the people of the south. Maintaining that it was even more painful to witness some persons from the south betray the interest of the region.
They also insisted that to make progress by actualizing the goals of the region, all the seven local government areas must be carried along as a prove of unity.