Dr Ekpenyong congratulates Prince Otu, Odey, Asuquo Ekpenyong, describes Ayade as Hero of Democracy
The Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr Janet Ekpenyong has congratulated Senator Bassey Otu and his deputy Rt Hon Peter Odey after their landslide victory in the recently concluded gubernatorial election held across the state as well as the Senator-Elect to represent Cross River State Southern Senatorial District in the 10th Senate.
In a message she signed and made a available to the media, Dr Janet Ekpenyong described Senator Otu’s victory and those of other All Progressive Congress candidates as the Most Acceptable and Democratic gesture expressed by supporters in the state in recent years.
According to her, Prince’s candidacy was wildly accepted irrespective of tribe, region, political party or affiliation as he won in 15 out of 18 Local Government Areas in the state including the LGA of his rivals.
She said the 18th March election was one of the freest and most inclusive elections held in the country since the new democratic dispensation ushering in new breed of leaders and people oriented politicians.
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Ekpenyong who is the current Commissioner for Health in the state, noted that during Prince Otu’s time in the national assembly as a member of parliament representing Odukpani- Calabar Municipal federal constituency and senator representing the Southern Senatorial District, the “sweet prince” as he is widely called, facilitated the establishment and development of various health facilities and programmes which set the pace for a healthy society being enjoyed today.
She expressed confidence that in the nearest future, the state will actualize its goal of meeting the United Nations standard of total health security, universal health coverage and quality health care for all.
The Commissioner also thanked and described the state governor, Senator Ben Ayade as the Hero of the election and one who kept his promise to the people of the south by continuing the principle of power shift and rotation to all senatorial districts in the state.
She therefore wished the governor-elect success and a memorable tenure in leading the affairs of the state
“I’m using this medium to congratulate Our newly Elected Governor Elect and the Choice of the people, Distinguished Senator Prince Bassey Otu and His Deputy, Mr Peter Odey for having emerged winner of the Highly Contested poll across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state as well as the Soon to be Youngest Senator in the History of Nigeria, Asuquo Ekpenyong.
“My deep appreciation goes to the State Governor for piloting this project for the sake of equity, justice and a sense of inclusiveness by returning power back to the South after a 16 years wait.
“The man Prince Bassey Otu is no visitor to the people of Cross River State and a highly celebrated among his people especially those in the southern senatorial district who he served during his time in the National Assembly.
“Senator Bassey Otu in his own personal capacity facilitated the establishment of various health facilities within the southern senatorial district, supplied drugs and catered for the health needs of constituents.
“I’m assured that in his time as Governor, he will definitely be governor to all and will uphold the quality health programs initiated by his Excellency, Senator Ben Ayade in the last 8years.
“As for Asuquo Ekpenyong, I am assured of his capacity intellectually and his audacity to dare and make laws that will promote good governance for his people and all who come across him.”
It will be recalled that Dr Janet Ekpenyong, one of the emerging political leaders in Eniong Abatim and the Odukpani extraction produced one of the most sensational results in favour of the All Progressives Congress in the last general elections, securing landslide victory in all polling units under her supervision.