By Our Reporter
Barely 24 hours after a group, Rescue Cross River Mission announced their resolve to frustrate any candidate from other region apart from the southern part of the state from contesting the 2023 governorship election in the state.
Another group, Support Action for the Back2South Campaign have also announced plans to consult widely with other stakeholders with the aim of gathering support for candidates from the southern part of the state.
In a meeting, held on December 20, the group led by former lawmaker, Senator Bassey Ewa Henshaw resolved to work for the emergence of a southern candidate as the state prepares for the 2023 governorship election.
In a statement sited by this paper, the group also resolved to engage with other stakeholders from the northern and central parts of the state in other to consolidate on their proposal.
“the southern Elders believe that while this is a reasonable measure to sanitize the polity. There is need to consult widely to reach some level of agreement across party lines and across all senatorial districts in the state.” The statement read.
It agreed that while the governorship position is one that is reserved for all Cross Riverians to determine, the South following clamour for the position to return to them, will do some initial assessment by advising all parties to be guided by a yet to be developed template in proposing the best suited candidate to vie for the position of governor from each political party.
According to the group, their desire to push for the best candidate from the south is without prejudice to the right of persons from other regions to contest.
It hoped that at the end of their assessment, the exercise will serve as a guiding principle for further engagement and discussion as a means for advancing agreement amicably.