By Our Reporter
The governorship ambition of the senator representing Cross River South at the national assembly, Gershom , received a major boost on Wednesday as the leadership of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Cross River State endorsed his candidature for the state’s 2023 governorship race.
The youth group also resolved that 2023 is the turn of Cross River South senatorial to produce the next governor for the state after Senator Ben Ayade.
The youths made the declaration when Senator Bassey consulted them for their support towards fulfilling his 2003 governorship race.
Chairman of the NYCN, Comrade Dan Obo said, Senator Bassey is tested and trusted and “we know that if you (Bassey) is not sure of winning the election you will not come out to contest”.
The youths said, since Senator Bassey has been in the corridors of power right from the Donald Duke to Liyel Imoke era and now he is a senator, he has all the experience to govern the state effectively come 2023.
According to Comrade Obo, the youth council is totally in support of power shift and rotation to the south come 2023 because “it is the turn of the south as all the senatorial zones have taken their turn and by fairness and equity we are supporting the South and Central Senatorial should stay clear and even if they come here with bullion van we will not accept”.
He said, “the youths of this country especially Cross River State have been undermined for too long . And for the fact that you have decided to come and meet with us shows a very serious concern and we shall not take it for granted.
“I also want to thank you for the young people you have been able to support through your empowerment programmes. So I welcome you and pray that God will continue to protect and guide you throughout this journey”.
“Make us part of your government. The youths must be given responsible positions in your government. We want to get involved from the consultation till the swearing in and appointment”. He concluded.
Senator Gershom Bassey who recently sponsored a motion in the Senate on, “The Need to Prioritise Sustainable Youth Oriented Human Capital Development for Long Term Socio-Economic Growth”, said he decided to consult the youths first as a mark of respect and the importance placed on the youths.
On what will be his agenda if elected governor, senator Bassey said his focus will be to embrace all abandoned and ongoing projects of (Duke, Imoke and Ayade) and ensure “progress, prosperity, economic development, security and a better Cross River State.
“All previous administrations had one common goal and are from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the projects were sighted towards the economic development of Cross River State. Tinapa was not meant to be a shopping centre. It is to boost the economy of the state, create jobs and to create a bigger and better economy.
“The rural development drive of Governors Imoke and the industrialisation drive of Ayade all are aimed towards achieving one economic goal . To create jobs, create wealth amongst the citizenry. The mind set is not about creating a competition amongst the three administrations. If you do that it gives you a wrong narrative of the present state of the state .
“Today I am saying I will make an impact to the economy of the state if elected the governor. I will make the private sector more attractive than the public sector. Hence I am ready to partner with the youths”.