Sen. Bassey Edet Otu, gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Cross River State has concluded his consultative and thank you tour in the Central Senatorial District. The tour which began on Tuesday, 23rd August in Boki, culminated yesterday in Yakurr local government area.
The consultation which took the gubernatorial hopeful across the six local government areas in the central senatorial district namely Boki, Etung, Ikom, Obubra Abi and Yakurr featured consultations with Paramount Rulers and members of the Traditional council, stakeholders and delegates.
In Yakurr, Sen. Otu paid homage to the Paramount Ruler of Yakurr and Obol Lopon of Ugep, HRM Obol Ofem Ubana Eteng where he recieved royal blessings from the royal father.
In his welcome address the Obol Lopon affirmed his endoresement of Sen. Otu “Even without seeing you, we had already adopted you as the next governor of Cross River State. I’m always with government and whatever good decision government takes, I am always in agreement”.
Speaking during an interactive session with stakeholders, Dr. Godwin Igile said Sen. Otu is the only governorship candidate known in Yakurr, “You are the only person we know and Yakurr is for you”
In his address, Chief Obono Oblah noted that the central senatorial district believes in justice and fairness and Yakurr have unanimously decided that the governorship returns back to the South. He described Sen. Otu as a man of justice and conscience with the perfect quality of a stateman assuring him of the support of Yakurr.
Speaking unbehalf of the women of Yakurr, Hon. Mrs. Esther Eteng said “Sen Otu’s antecedents in human capital development and experience in leadership is the reason, the Yakurr women have decided it must be the Sweet Prince. We want you to continue the good work in government house”.
Responding, Sen Prince Otu expressed gratitude to the people for the rousing reception, their warmth, hospitality and show of love.
“Yakurr has always been known for hospitality and a peace loving people. I’m here to thank you for your support and the role you played in my emergence in the Party primaries”.
“My sincere gratitude to the delegates who found me worthy and gave me their support without any inducement, Thank you, is not enough. Together, we will build the Cross River of our dreams.”
The event witnessed the defection of notable PDP members to the APC, among whom are Rt. Hon. Nelson Ofem, Member, Cross River State House of Assembly, Mr. Yibala Inyang Igiri, Chief Johnson Ugbo, Mr. Arikpo Enang Iwara, Hon. James Offor, Councillor, Ajere Ward among others.
Accompanying Sen. Otu were his wife, Mrs Eyoanwan Bassey Otu, the Deputy Governorship candidate, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey, the leadership of the APC in the state, led by the State Chairman, Barr. Alphonsus Eba and members of the State working committee, Director General of his campaign organisation H.E. Amb. Soni Abang, Sen. Chief Victor Ndoma Egba, High Chief Edem Duke, Chief Peter Ojie, Hon. Dr. Alex Egbona, Dr. Julius Okpotu, Ntufam Fidelis Ugbo, Elder Bolaji Anani, Bishop Alex Ukam, Chief Barr. Utum Eteng, Chief Dr. Timmy Tom, Prof. Micheal Okom, Chief Tony Udiandeye, Prof. John Inyang, Barr. Tina Agbor, Ntufam John Okon, Chief Ernest Irek, Hon. Itaya Nyong, Hon. Chris Etta, Commissioners, Honourable members, chapter Chairmen among other critical stakeholders.