Youths in the Northern Senatorial District of Cross River have assured the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Prince Bassey Edet Otu, of their resolve to put aside their differences and work harmoniously towards ensuring his victory in the March 11 governorship election in the state.
The youths gave the assurance Friday when the APC governorship candidate embarked on second a round tour of the northern senatorial district, following the aftermath of the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly Elections in which the party recorded abysmal performance.
The APC flag-bearer met with key political, religious and other critical stakeholders and leaders in the northern senatorial district of the state, in a visit which is widely seen as an attempt to strengthen the senatorial district ahead of the forthcoming governorship and state assembly elections.
The meeting became important, due to the shocking defeat of the APC in the northern region, were the party lost all national assembly seats.
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Last week, the opposition PDP swept the entire national assembly seats, winning the senatorial and two federal house of representative seats.
At the meeting, the governorship hopeful met with critical stakeholders including party leaders, religious groups, pressure groups and key aggrieved political leaders in all the five local government areas in the district.
Senator Bassey Otu who assured the different groups of his resolve to do everything within his power to create harmonious working relationship with all political leaders and other stakeholders in the region, re-emphasized his desire to respect and acknowledge individual capacity of the party members.
Speaking at the meeting, representative of youth groups, Comrade Maurice Nkong, assured Senator Otu of the resolve of youths in the northern district to deliver him.
According to him, “Sir the youths in the north wants to tell you that what happened during last Saturday election was an internal disagreement amongst our people and that was only for the election of last week. As for your election, we assure you that everyone have decided to abandon their grievances and work for you. We have been meeting with youths across the entire north and that is what will happen.”
Some of those who spoke at the stakeholders meeting includes, elder statesman, Chief B.J. Ekunke, former SSG, Barr. Fidelis Ugbo, foremost woman leader in the state and representative of the women, Chief (Mrs) Theresa Ezama, amongst others.
Senator Otu also had a fruitful meeting with the leadership of a prominent APC pressure group, the Legacy group, former Speaker of the State assembly, Rt. Hon. Larry Odey, etc.