By Archibong Ekpenyong, Calabar
The Former Attorney General of Cross River State, Barrister Eyo Ekpo has urged the people of the state to obtain PVCs and get ready to vote candidate of their choice come 2019.
“Democracy means people must be involved in governance, not ruled over. And, the way to recover and restore good governance in Cross River State is to obtain PVCs and vote bad government out, come 2019”.
Speaking with newsmen in Calabar, Barr Ekpo said, “Come 2019, I urged all Cross River people to vote out mediocrity. We need to vote for truth, sustainable development, equity, justice, security, better education and healthcare, peace and restoration of a vibrant economy at the ballot and make our State better.
Ekpo regretted the growing spate of insecurity and incessant communal clashes that has claimed young lives, displaced thousands of families and plunged many more into economic hardship.
“The level of insecurity is another major cause for concern. The incidents of kidnapping, robbery, cultism and the growing spate of communal crisis leave a lot to be desired.
“For instance, people have died as a result of the crisis and the Governor is quiet. Has he visited any of the affected communities? Has he sanctioned any of his officials, who are known to be involved in these terrible events?”, he queried.
“We cannot allow this type or system of Governance to continue in this State. We have, rather than build on the achievements of previous administrations, gone back 30 years”.
Barr Ekpo who is a governor aspirant lamented that, people rather than long to visit Cross River prefer to go to other States.
He explained that Cross River people owe it a duty to themselves and the future generations to speak up particularly at the forthcoming general elections in 2019.
The aspirant opined “Cross River State deserve better than what it has gotten. We need to rise above the level we have sunk to. Rise above the level where people are deliberately impoverished for one cock to crow.
Ekpo congratulated the General Overseer of God’s Heritage Centre, Calabar, Bishop Josef Bassey for truthfully speaking up about the leadership of Professor Ben Ayade, Governor of the State.
He said aspires to lead the State as Governor in 2019, commended Bishop Bassey for refusing to shy away from the truth about the prevailing deterioration in Cross River when others choose to remain silent due to the fear of intimidation.
According to Ekpo, “it is high time people began to call a spade a spade. This State is no longer what it used to be. It is not safe, businesses have left and more are leaving. This is not the Cross River State successive governments fought to build. This is not how Cross Riverians deserve to live”.
“I really commend Bishop Joseph Bassey and the Christian Leaders Forum for daring to be bold and tell Ayade the truth about the situation in Cross River State.
“Another four years of this is beyond imagination. Already, the economy of the state is in complete retrogression and the State Government should not hide behind the national economic downturn,” he stated.
Barrister Ekpo further enjoined other religious leaders to emulate the example of the God fearing cleric and speak the truth for the benefit of the people and Cross River in general.