BY: VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
A foundering member of the People’s Democratic party (PDP) and the Senator representing the Southern Senatorial district of Cross River state in the Red Chambers, Senator, Gershom Bassey, has advised those with political ambition come 2023 not to distract the current administration led by Senator Ben Àyade “as there is still enough time for that”.
He said “I will advise everyone to relax their ambition for now and allow governor Ben Ayade to focus”.
Senator Gershom Bassey dropped this advice in a statement he issued in Calabar yesterday.
He said, “i think that this is not the time to distract him. Let him be focused”.
“Anybody talking about governorship, councilorship or Senatorial or any election at this time is not being fair to our state, our governor, not being fair to our citizens”.
He said, “let our governor do his work and let us all support him to do his work until the end of his tenure. Towards the end of his tenure, people that are interested in anything can now start to come out but for now please everybody that has ambition should relax and allow the man to do his work”.
According to him, “we have two years to 2023 and we have a governor in place and he is Prof. Ben Ayade. Recently the governor has been working very hard particularly on security and particularly after the EndSARS protest and of course we have seen significant improvement”.
“He has also sworn in the Chief Judge of the state which has been a long standing tussle and he has resolved it amicably, hence he should be allowed to be focused, devoid of unnecessary distraction”.
Commenting on protests in Nigeria by the EndSARS campaigners or any other group, he said such protest should be done under the ambit of the law as guaranteed by the Constitution.
For instance, Bassey said “Can the EndSARS people guarantee non violence because they are non violent group and all of us supported them because it is their Constitutional right to protest peacefully but what we saw in October last year was that the EndSARS protest was hijacked by criminals”.
“We saw it in Lagos, Benin, Calabar and I even saw it in my house. It was hijacked by criminals and they came to my house and cleaned me out even toothbrush they did not leave. So having experienced the hijack of EndSARS personally, my question to them is can they guarantee that their protest at anytime will not be hijacked by criminals or hoodlums?”
“The fear that everybody has is this lack of control. My own is that can they guarantee that their protest will not be hijacked and there will be peace. Let them guarantee that somebody will not come to my house and carry all my things, if they can guarantee that , so what is the big deal but if they cannot guarantee that then they should think again”.