…As Bassey Otu Dares Gershom Bassey
Months after member representing Obubra II State constituency in Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. Okura Elucate Ekom, defected from Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, another member, Hon Bassey Akiba, representing Odukpani State Constituency, has dumped also the PDP for APC.
Akiba, who was formally received into the party by the Zonal Chairman, Ntufam Hilliard Eta, said his defection to APC was in solidarity with Senator Bassey Otu who, at the weekend, formally declared his intention to return to the Red Chambers in 2019, squaring it up against Sen Gershom Bassey of the PDP.
Akiba said he would join hands with Senator Otu to reposition the district, sustain and expand the dividends of democracy, which he said, the local government and the state have so far benefitted from the Federal Government.
He said despite the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari got a paltry 30,000 votes from Cross River State during the 2015 elections, the President has shown magnanimity by appointing many indigenes of the state, saying Buhari deserves encouragement and support to win the 2019 polls.
The lawmaker listed those so appointed to include the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita; the chairman of the NDDC board, Victor Ndoma-Egba; Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Usani; SA to the President of Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla, among others in the boards and parastatals.
The State legislator also cited the-about-to commence dualization of the Calabar-Itu-Ikot Ekpene Road which traverses a large part of his constituency as well as the Calabar-Lagos Railway line as exquisite projects of the Federal Government which should not be toyed with by wallowing in opposition.
Speaking earlier, Senator Bassey Otu in a speech entitled, “Our past, present, and hope in the
Southern Senatorial district” delivered to a mammoth crowd in the State Cultural Centre reassured that his legislative priorities remain the same.
“My legislative priorities remain the same to strive for ecological balance in our environment and empowerment of human capacity in our district to meet with contemporary challenges, building of an egalitarian society, where both the rice and the poor can live in harmony.”
Senator Otu, who lamented the fate of the district since he was denied a second term ticket in 2015 promised a brighter future, adding “I trust your coming is to reaffirm that old sweet confidence we share that the sweet prince will be there for you in sweetness and sorrow.
“I see in your eyes the burning desire to attack all deceits and hold on to the truth that you are everything democracy and everything democracy is you. I have come to awaken you to your rights to determine your fate with your votes.”