By Edem Darlington
Forum of ward chairmen in the southern senatorial district of Cross River State have thrown their weight behind the agitation for power to be returned to the southern part of the State.
At their inaugural meeting in Calabar on Sunday, the forum said the position was necessary to foster peace, equity and fairness within the party.
Chairman of the forum, Hon. Mbey Paulinus said the decision was a collective position of the entire 76 ward chairmen in the southern senatorial district, noting that the meeting was important because of the current political process going on in the state.
“This forum notes the position taken by PDP CR Southern Senatorial District members in the State Working Committee and for fairness, equity and justice, we uphold BacktoSouth agitation that the Governorship should rotate beginning from the South in 2023. We hereby endorse that position which is in line with the PDP Constitution and the aspiration of the Southern Senatorial District that the governorship shall return back2south. We further agree to urge the Party leaders to do everything within their powers to pursue fairness, equity and justice as this will greatly advance the chances of the PDP in the state” The group said in a statement.
It also resolved to embark on massive membership drive across the state as well as to encourage Cross Riverians to take advantage of the continuous voter registration and register to be eligible to vote.
With the 2023 general elections fast approaching, the call for power shift to the southern senatorial district of the state has continued to take centre stage, with many calling on all political parties in the state to zone their governorship ticket to the south.
Although the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party in the state is yet to take an official position on the issue, governor Ben Ayade who is the leader of the All Progressives Congress in the state recently declared his support to return power to the south.