BY: Nick Nwaneri, Calabar
The Senator representing the Southern Senatorial district of Cross River State Senator Gershom Bassey, has lauded the call by stakeholders for the rotation of governorship to the southern senatorial district come 2023 election.
He the remarks while speaking at the occasion in Calabar yesterday,.
Said he. “i join the vast majority of Cross Riverians to support the rotation of Governorship to the Southern Senatorial District come 2023. This is a symbol of the journey of love and brotherhood that is Cross• River State.”
He said, “It is with immense gratitude that I thank the organizers and the committees that have been set up for the actualization of this stakeholder and leadership meeting of Cross River Southern Senatorial District”
According to him, “It gladdens my heart to see us united in the pursuit of equity, fairness and justice for all the people of Cross River State”
Bassey, however, noted that “our forebears knew that it is only fairness that brings stability to a people that is why they laid down an equitable and just road map in the Calabar-Ogoja Accord”
Furthering, he said “they knew that it is only through equity and fairness that the people of Cross River can enjoy strength in their diversity and remain as one”
He added “it is still on these grounds of equity, fairness and good conscience that we stand today. Section 14(3) of the 1999 Constitution clearly states the need for zoning and power rotation to ensure national cohesion in our nation, Nigeria. Article 7 (3) (c) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Constitution provides for rotation and zoning of party and public elective offices.Article 20(iv) (e) of the All Progressive Congress (APC)Constitution also provides for the principle of federal character and rotation in nomination for election or appointment”.
He declared, “my brothers and sisters, the Nigerian Constitution, thePeoples’ Democratic Party Constitution and the AllProgressives’ Congress Constitution all provide for equity and fairness in the nomination of candidates for election and appointment.”
Therefore,, he said “the continued rotation of the governorship seat 6to Cross River South Senatorial District by all political parties in Cross River State is the way forward in 2023”.