By Our Reporter
The Speaker of Cross River Youth Parliament, Rt. Hon. Gideon Mbukpa has led a delegation on a tour of the Central Senatorial District to rally and mobilize support for the election of Senator Prince Bassey Edet Otu as governor of the state.
Speaking at a meeting with representatives of various youth groups in Yakurr and Abi local government areas at the Ketabebe Town Hall, Ugep, on Tuesday, Mbukpa said that the rotation of power back to south would sustain peace and tranquility in the state.
He stated that back to south would ensure justice and equity which are essential to the development of any given society.
According to him, “It is the turn of the south and young people should come out and defend their future by supporting the south to produce the next governor, so that when it is the turn of the central, the south will support one of their sons.
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“Apart from the fact that it is the turn of the south, Prince Bassey Otu is a competent and sellable candidate whose track record of achievements in the previous offices he held speak for themselves. As Senator, he rolled out one of the largest and sustainable empowerment programmes in Cross River since the inception of the current democratic dispensation in 1999.
“Our support for Prince Otu is not based on sentiment. It is based on verifiable performance indices. Prince Otu has touched so many lives across the state. It is only fair that we support him so he can do more.”
Also speaking, the President of Yakurr Youth, Comr. Henry Obono, urged youths in the LGA to come out en masse on Saturday and vote for Senator Prince Bassey Otu.
Obono who spoke through his Chief of Staff, Evang. Joseph Ubana, said that Yakurr youths will benefit more from Prince Otu’s government because, according to him, all the prominent sons and daughters in the local government area are in the APC, and therefore will always make representations to the government on their behalf.
On his part, Hon. Obaji Caleb, BOT, Cross River Youth Parliament, who was also part of the entourage, urged the youths to discountenance the narrative that Prince Otu’s government would be influenced by Prof. Ben Ayade.
Caleb said since 1999 till date, successive governments in the state have their peculiar strength and weaknesses, noting that no predecessor had succeeded in influencing the programmes and policies of a new government.
Similarly, the Youth Leader of Ugep, Otu Ambrose, tasked the youths to go back to their various communities and polling units and canvass vote for Prince Otu, who he described as a government that has the interest of the youth at heart.