By Our Reporter
A group, Rescue Cross River Movement has called on the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party to respect the principle of zoning by ensuring that power is returned to southern Cross River State.
The group said it will visit to state Secretariat of the PDP to present it’s protest later in a yet to be announced date. Calling on the state chairman whom they said is a beneficiary of zoning structure to adhere to the practice that has brought peace and harmony to the state.
In a release signed by prominent leaders of the organization including, State Chairman, Neji Afor and Secretary, Okpene Ogar, Bassey Igiri, Central senatorial district, Ushie Unimke, Northern senatorial district and Sebastine Ekpenyong for Southern senatorial district. The group said “as people who are liberal and fair in judgement, we totally endorse the back to south agenda of the People’s Democratic Party…”
The group maintain that “the people of the central senatorial district do strongly believe in the zoning process and system even though it is not constitutional, since it has kept us in peace and social welfare for all”
It therefore advise that anyone thinking of contesting the 2023 election from the Central and Northern senatorial district will be doing so at his or her own risk.
There have been clamor for the return of the governorship position to the southern part of the state, with prominent names like Sen. Gershom Bassey, Hon. Daniel Asuqwo, Sir Arthur Jarvis as well as renowned gender rights activist and former Nigerian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Nkoyo Toyo all declaring their intension to run.
However, with the entrant of Sen. Sandy Onor from the Central senatorial district, the agitation for an all southern candidate have continued to generate more conversation.