By Kelvin Obambon
Hon. Grace Bassey, a Councillor in Bakassi local government area of Cross River State who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), has stated that her former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is plagued by gender, generational inequality and injustice.
Bassey who spoke Wednesday during her official defection to APC in Bakassi, said as a signatory to the popular Back-To-South Movement, it pricks her conscience to stay in the PDP and campaign for a governorship candidate outside the southern senatorial district of the state.
According to her, “There comes a time in the life of a human being when he or she is confronted with the challenge of making hard choices.
“I took a decision to jump ship from the boat through which I had until now sailed my political interest to shore to another boat for reason I will be sharing with you shortly –ladies and gentlemen, my fellow Cross Riverian, I am defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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“Before I decided on leaving my former party, the PDP had now been reeked with three fundamental challenges especially according to my experience:
-Gender/Generational inequality and
“Concerning injustice, as a signatory of Back-to-South Movement, I find it contradictory to campaign, support or vote for a guber candidate from the CR-central or North. On generational inequity, the South cannot wait for another 32 years on end for power to return to her.
“My disposition to the South was born out of farness, unity of the State, peace and (even) development.
Giving account of her stewardship as a lawmaker at the local government level, Hon. Grace Bassey said, “On the 30th of May 2020 I was elected by the good people of ward seven (7) on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP; and in the past 28 months I have creditably performed the responsibilities of a lawmaker with effective representation of my constituency.
“In respect of law-making, I moved a Motion on COVID-19 Awareness Creation in Border Communities, co-sponsored the Motion for the Inclusion of Bakassi LGA as a Beneficiary of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Periodic Payments with Reference to Large Holcim and Affected Communities, As chair of House committee on Health and member of House committee on Education, I facilitated the marking of International Day of Girl-child where I distributed thousands of educational materials, sensitized constituents; I also marked International Day of Women, recently I partnered with a civil society organization called Partners for Peace in the Niger Delta to train 50 youths on the needs to shun violence and embrace peace across the ten political wards of Bakassi.
“Currently I am working with adolescent kids on a project called ADOKITS which aims at helping the adolescent kid(s) to build his/her self-esteem.”
Bassey was received into the APC family by Sir Gerald Esin, Chapter Chairman of the Party in Bakassi, alongside party stalwarts such as Dr Ekpo Ekpo Bassey, member representing Bakassi State Constituency in the House of Assembly; Chief Ani Esin, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor; Mr Akiba Ekpenyong, representing the APC governorship candidate, Prince Bassey Otu; Benjamin Ene aka G1, Special Adviser to the Governor on Marine Security; Mr Ekeng Inyang, Special Assistant to the Governor on Strategic Communications, among others.