By Our Reporter
Cross River State chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Barr. Venatius Ikem has spoken highly about the eloquence, competence and aspiration of Amb. Nkoyo Toyo to govern the state.
Amb Toyo is a major contender for the office of governor of Cross River State, under the platform of the PDP.
Barr. Ikem made the assertion when Amb. Toyo visited the state leadership of the PDP at the party secretariat to formally inform them of her intension to run for the office of governor.
The PDP chairman who expressed the confidence of the state Exco of the party said “I wish it was like the conclave, where they usually meet to elect the Pope. We would have easily donated it (governorship ticket) to you”
According to him. “apparently the state secretary of the party, Mr. Tony Edako had never listen to Amb. Nkoyo Toyo speak, so when last week, he listened to her speak for the first time, he ran to me and said, I wish we could make Amb. Nkoyo Toyo the PDP flag bearer, and I laughed and said to him, sorry, I have listened to her speak for the last 20 years. Amb. Nkoyo Toyo is not just intelligent but she is also very competent”
Barr. Ikem who said he was excited with the ambition of Amb. Toyo, maintained that he is never uncomfortable with the aspiration and interest of any woman.
“unlike others, I am very comfortable whenever I am in the midst of women. I believe that women should be given more opportunity to excel. It has been established overtime, and it is not in doubt, that whenever women come into leadership position, people fair better. The case of Rwanda is STI very much here with us. And especially here in the south, there are women who are very competent and qualified to run for any office in the land.
“About Amb. Nkoyo Toyo, whenever she speaks, she is always very impressive. She can keep you at a place for hours when she speaks. I have no doubt about her competence. The energy in the hall here speaks for itself. Like the national woman leader has said, we are not allowed to endorse anyone but you can be sure I will be clapping for you from behind and it is the same thing for many of my Excos, you already know what that means”
The PDP leader commended the engagement pattern of the governorship hopeful across the state and advised her to work hard as she pursues her ambition.
“I followed her on social media while she was in the northern part of the state, and it was not just impressive but very effective”
Amb. Nkoyo Toyo who said her intension to run for the office of governor was to solve the many issues facing the state explained “you do not solve economic problem with a political solution, neither do you solves a social issue with a political solution. They are all related but you must have someone who has the dynamics to do that. I am that person”
She described her strategy in solving various challenges facing the state as the three R’s
“do not be in doubt that I do not understand the dynamics to solving the problems. The first 100 days in office, we already have our plans of what we will achieve”
Also speaking National woman leader of the People’s Democratic Party, Prof. Stella Efa-Attoe had said that she is very emotional about the governorship ambition of Amb. Nkoyo Toyo.
The visibly excited national woman leader who veiled her endorsement for ambassador Toyo said, “in my capacity as a leader, we are not allowed to openly endorse anyone, but I don’t know how to do that here, seeing the caliber of people we have here”
According to Prof . Attoe, “ I have not endorsed any candidate, but I am emotional here because she is of my gender. Please note, it is not because she wants to be called Her Excellency, no, she is already her Excellency. Amb. Nkoyo Toyo has the competence and capacity to lead this state and take it to greater heights”
The occasion witnessed several other notable women leaders from the state including, former Permanent Secretary, federal ministry of Police affairs, Ntunkae Grace Eyo Ita, former head of Civil Service of the state, Ntunkae Mrs. Theresa Ikwen, former permanent secretary, governor’s office, Mrs. Anthonia Monkom among others.