By Kelvin Obambon
The Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ivara Esu has told founding members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Biase not to panic over the large migration to the Party.
Prof. Esu, who gave the assurance at the grand defection rally and reception for all new members of APC in Biase, on Tuesday, urged old members that have sacrificed a lot in ensuring the continued existence of the Party not to be apprehensive over the mammoth crowd that joined the progressive fold, as he would personally see to it that no one is marginalized or shortchanged.
“There will be no marginalization at all. We don’t want a situation where we will say we were the original owners of APC. And then those who came from PDP want to use their number to suppress them. It cannot work. We must all put hands together, heads together to work together, because majority carries the day – that’s our slogan in Biase. Let us work together as brothers because the meaning of Biase is children from the same father. Please let nobody quarrel, let nobody fight. We will take care of everybody. We will make sure that nobody is marginalized in Jesus name.”, he said.
He thanked the governor, Prof. Ben Ayade for the developmental strides recorded in Cross River, noting that Biase in particular is not left out, as the siting of the Advanced Teachers Continuous Professional Training Institute is a legacy that would stand the test of time.
“If a man has done so well for you wherever he tells you that he wants to go will you say no? Even if no other local government follows Ayade to anywhere he wants to go, Biase will be the first to go.
When you look behind me you will see a fantastic monument. Do we have anything like that before in Biase? People just come here and fly pass, Biase did not mean anything to them. But this man (Ayade) come and say no, Biase are good people, they are very intelligent, they have good history so we need to pay attention to them.”
The Deputy Governor said the Ayade-led administration would use the remaining two years to focus attention on infrastructure such as roads, social housing and other structures that would have direct impact on the life of an average citizen.
He also called on Biase people to show their appreciation and solidarity by trooping out in their numbers to various wards and get registered as members of the APC.
The event which recorded a huge turnout was graced by eminent personalities including the State Caretaker Committee Chairman of the APC, Senator Matthew Mbu Jnr; State Secretary, Dr Ntete Duke; Majority Leader of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey and the Technical Assistant to the Vice President on New Media, Hon. Philip Obin.
Also in attendance were the Chairman of Biase, Princess Ada Charles; the member representing Biase State Constituency, Hon. Ogbor Ogbor; the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Asuquo Ekpenyong Jnr; Commissioner for Sports and Cinematography, Chief Offu Aya; APC stalwarts, Elder Chief Ogban Ebock, Bishop Alex Ukam, Hon. Egwu Arong, among others.
High point of the event was the handing over of the broom, which is the symbol of the APC to the Deputy Governor as leader of the Party in Biase.