The Director General
of Gershom Bassey Campaign Organization, Barrister Ekpo Ada,has reacted to the declaration by Senator Sandy Onor,from central senatorial District, to contest the governorship elections in the PDP.
In answer to questions from newsmen in Calabar ,Barrister Ekpo Ada stated that Sandy Onor’s declaration yesterday at the PDP Secretariat spells doom for the party,especially for the southern Senatorial District,as the party is already loosing key members to other parties due to perceived injustice.
He cited the recent defection of Barrister Edem Ekong and Arch.Bassey Eyo Ndem to the APC as signal that the PDP in the state may be gradually at the brink of disintegration.
Barrister Ekpo Ada,warned that if the PDP does not come out strong within the next one month to state its position on power rotation and zoning, the consequences on the party may become disastrous.
Ekpo Ada recalled that in 2015, the state PDP Caucus,which is the highest decision making body of the party, of which Arch.Bassey Ndem was a member then, agreed that power will return to the Southern Senatorial District in 2023 in line with the zoning policy of the party for equity, fairness and Justice and wandered why the party is delaying in taking a position on zoning of power to the South.
The Director General of Gershom Bassey Organization declared that if the PDP does not put its house in order forthwith by streamlining party members aspirations, the party may be heading for a total rejection in the southern senatorial district which turn it is to produce the next Governor of the state, come 2023
He maintained that the southern senatorial district will only support parties that zone power to the south and nothing less,adding that Cross River cannot be an exception as other states in the country have embraced zoning as a workable policy to achieve peace, equity and political stability
He warned the PDP in the state to avert mass defection as the south is irrevocably committed to power shift to the south, come 2023
It would be recalled that Distinguished Senator Gershom Bassey,who is the leader of the Cross River Caucus of the PDP at the National Assembly, had declared that it is the turn of the South to produce the next Governor in 2023 based on existing arrangement in the state since 1999.
However he maintained that he was ready and prepared to contest for the PDP ticket with anybody from any zone and that he is also ready to match money for money, if it comes to that because the interest of the southern zone cannot be rubbished by anybody no matter how highly placed as the decision on who becomes the Governor of Cross River State in 2023 cannot be determined by external force’s