By Our Reporter
Following continuous pressure from women, Youths, students and other apolitical groups across Cross River state, particularly those from the southern senatorial district, calling on former lawmaker, Prince Bassey Otu to declare his intention to contest the 2023 governorship election. The former lawmaker has finally bowed to pressure from the groups by agreeing to declare his intention known. This paper can report.
The former lawmaker will be declaring his intention to contest the 2023 governorship election on Friday at his Creek town Wars in Odukpani LGA.
Speaking with a group of students from the seven local government areas of the southern senatorial district of Cross River State, who paid him a visit at his residence in Calabar, Sen. Otu appreciated them and assured that he will make his intention known in no distant time.
The students who prevailed on the former lawmaker, gave reasons why he is the most suitable candidate for the APC 2023 governorship ticket in the state.
“looking at your track record, we are here because you are the one who can save our people. Having built school blocks across the senatorial district, ensure students bursary and scholarships are made possible, we believe that with you in government house, Cross Riverians are sure of sustainable development, come 2023.
“We are very explicit, we are here to tell you to enter the race, join the governorship race for 2023 and contest for governor. We are behind you,” the students insisted.
Also speaking unbehalf of the students who were drawn from other senatorial districts of the state, comrade Justine Edede said, the only person that can withstand the heat of the governorship race is senator, Bassey Otu.
Responding, Prince Bassey Otu appreciated them for the visit, maintaining that it was a delight to have met with members of his ‘constituency’.
“You have all come at the most auspicious of times; our state has lost so much, we can’t rally compare ourselves even with third generation States. Ebonyi was just created few years ago, but today, it is even difficult for us to compare ourselves with Ebonyi state.
“I have listen to your call, that I should jump into the race, well, I needed to hear from my constituency before I take that decision, I think like you think and feel the pains you feel. So come Friday, I will be going straight to my ward, I will be going there to declare to run for governorship, for 2023.
“I believe that I will be unavailing what I have. it is taking me time, because I needed proper consultations, I have had a lot of come to declare from too many support groups, from too many local governments, across the state, I have weighed it and with the eventual persuasion from these young people, indeed, I am fully persuaded that yes, it is time to run,” Senator Otu said.