The Senator representing Cross River South Senatorial district in the senate, Senator Gershom Bassey has advised politicians who have any political ambition for 2023 in the State to relax their ambition for now and allow Governor Ben Ayade to focus.
Bassey, who gave the advice through a statement he issued online in Calabar yesterday, said, “I think that this is not the time to distract Governor Ben Ayade. Let him be focused. Anybody talking about governorship, councilorship or senatorial or any election at this time is not being fair to our state, our governor, not being fair to our citizens.”
“Let our governor do his work and let us all support him to do his work until the end of his tenure then towards the end of his tenure people that are interested in anything can now start to come out but for now please everybody that has ambition should relax and allow the man to do his work.
“We have two years to 2023 and we have a governor in place and he is Prof Ben Ayade. Recently the governor has been working very hard particularly on security and particularly after the EndSARS protest and of course we have seen significant improvement.
“He has also sworn in the Chief Judge of the state which has been a long standing tussle and he has resolved it amicably”, hence the governor should be allowed to be focus. There should not be any unnecessary distraction.”
Commenting on protests in Nigeria by the EndSARS campaigners or any other group, he said such protest should be done under the ambit of the law as guaranteed by the constitution.
“Can the EndSARS people guarantee non violence attitude? They were non violent group and all of us supported them because it is their constitutional right to protest peacefully but what we saw in October last year was that the EndSARS protest was hijacked by criminals.
“We saw it in Lagos, Benin, Calabar and I even saw it in my house. It was hijacked by criminals and they came to my house and cleaned me out even toothbrush they did not leave. So having experienced the hijack of EndSARS personally, my question to them is can they guarantee that their protest at anytime will not be hijacked by criminals or hoodlums?
“The fear that everybody has is this lack of control. My own is that can they guarantee that their protest will not be hijacked and there will be peace, let them guarantee that somebody will not come to my house and carry all my things, if they can guarantee that , so what is the big deal but if they cannot guarantee that then they should think again.”