Saturday, 3 August 2019

2023: Ongoing debate on guber zoning in C/River smacks of gross insensitivity —CNPP

3 August 2019

The ongoing debates by politicians on the zoning of the hallowed office of 'Executive Governor of Cross River State' around the three senatorial districts of the state has been described as 'grossly insensitive to the plight of the people' NEGROIDHAVEN can say with certainty. Any of such discussions are unpatriotic, cajoling and distracting among others. 

This disposition was contained in a press statement issued by the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties CNPP in the state during the press briefing it held yesterday in Calabar the state capital city with a cross section of the media.

During the briefing the leadership of the CNPP in the state who observed that democracy hinges on the tripod of justice, equity and fair play. According to them there was a gentlemanly agreement by the forebears of the state which preceded the even rotation of the plum office under contention across the three senatorial districts of south, central and north.

The statement which noted that the debate on zoning has resulted in profound contention already urged elected public officers in the state to proceed to work on the task of growing the state rather than idle around dissipating useful energy on a dead-on-arrival self-serving debate.

The statement reads in part, 'If we truly believe that democracy, had long taken shape and its tenets, Equity, Justice & Fairplay, deeply immersed in the affairs of our State, then we would all agree that discussing 2023 elections in 2019, especially after having just sworn-in our elected Officials, smacks of gross insensitivity to the plight of the people, who yearn for the fruits of their recent votes. 

'The CONFERENCE OF NIGERIA POLITICAL PARTIES (CNPP), Cross River State Chapter, therefore, considers any discussion holding now, concerning 2023 elections as unpatriotic, as it bellies the potentialities to cajole our elected officials into discussions, coming too early, which we all know would end up distracting them from performing the duties they owe the people. 

'We strongly, urge Cross Riverians in elective and supportive capacity, to go to work, at the task of growing the State, instead of dissipating energy on a matter which time shall come when its time. Just few months from taking oath of office, this is time for GOVERNANCE not POLITICS. A period for Politicians to invest from their recent harvest.'

In conclusion, the statement tasked 'proponents of these debate... to close ranks and seek to thread only the path that leads to one indivisible CROSS RIVER STATE.'

There is an ongoing heated debate on the office of governor to be retained in Cross River North come 2023 instead of the rotation to begin from Cross River South. This new disposition is despite the present incumbent being from the north since 2015. Between 1999 and 2007 Donald Duke from the south was governor; while Liyel Imoke of the central was executive governor between 2007 and 2015; Ben Ayade from the north has been governor whose second tenure will expire come 2023. 

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