The national assembly elections approaches with a bit of apprehension for many Cross Riverians. While several prospective voters are hoping to get rid of some national assembly members who have served for more than three terms, some new horns are hoping to represent the people for the first time.
But as it is generally believed, legislative business is about experience and ability to lobby.
Regarding the southern senatorial district for example, Mr. Asuquo Ekpenyong, a rather young politically naive immediate past finance commissioner in the state from the APC will be gearing up against a more formidable, experienced and popular Hon. Daniel Asuquo of the Labour party.
The struggle for who represents the southern senatorial district in the next senate is of most importance to many Cross Riverians especially those of the district and the reasons are very simple.
In the build up to the gubernatorial primary elections of several political parties in the state, one factor continued to dominate political discuss in the state and that was the need for political parties to zone their gubernatorial tickets to the southern senatorial district.
While Asuquo Ekpenyong Jnr who hails from Odukpani LGA contested the gubernatorial primaries of the APC, Hon. Daniel Asuquo did so under the umbrella of his former political party the PDP.
Mr. Asuquo Ekpenyong Jr. lost out and was handed the senatorial ticket against huge criticism by party supporters and non party members. On the other hand, Hon. Daniel Asuquo lost and moved to the Labour party and clinched its senatorial ticket. I have deliberately left out the PDP senatorial candidate, Hon. Ekpo Okon in the piece because within the past four weeks, he has clearly shown not to be a factor in the senatorial election and thus, not prepared for the coming election.
What is clear in this is that, Hon. Daniel Asuquo has got everything going for him.
Apart from the fact that in the history of his political career, the Akamkpa born politician has never lost any election since 1999, he is also very experienced in legislative business, majority of electorates from the southern senatorial district having been satisfied with the APC governorship ticket handed to them which obviously looks very bright, are clamouring for the senatorial seat to return to Akamkpa/Biase region, the region having not produced any senator right from the first republic..
Currently, forward thinking electorates from the region even those within the APC have continued to display Spirit of fairness and Justice by showing massive support for the senatorial ambition of Hon. Daniel Asuquo.
It is therefore obvious that, come February 11, the people of southern senatorial district will definitely troop out enmase to elect Hon. Daniel Asuquo of the labour party as their senator.
The reason is simple, Odukpani alone, out of the seven LGAs that makes up the senator district, cannot have both the Governor and senate seats. it will be against the spirit of the fairness and justice that the entire state is currently preaching about.
The time to do what is right is now. A vote for Hon. Daniel Asuquo of the labor party as senator is a vote for justice and fairness.
Hon. Effiong Ekpe is a Cross Riverians and public commentator and writes from Odukpani LGA.