2015: CR North May Lose Governorship

Indications may be pointing to the fact that eventhough Cross River State governor, Liyel Imoke may have thrown his weight behind the Northern Senatorial District of the state in her quest to produce the next governor of the state, the level of political in-fighting and a general lack of cohesion in the senatorial district, may swing the plum job away from the North.
Political sources informed calitown.com that almost all those from the district eyeing the job, seemingly lack mass appeal, broad spread followership and acceptance. While some sources do not see this as a barrier, others revealed that the situation may have informed the clandestine moves by certain elements within the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, to shop for a governorship candidate, against all odds, in the Southern Senatorial District of the state. If the moves sail through, the North will have lost an opportunity many political watchers consider theirs.

While the Southern and Central districts have produced Governors Donald Duke and Liyel Imoke respectively, the Northern district is yet to produce a governor.

Some say this is the situation that informed Gov. Imoke’s decision to openly proclaim and canvass for a governor of Northern extraction to balance the political equation in the state. While the North drags her feet, two prominent politicians from the Southern district have been fingered as laying the ground work for their eventual emergence as the gubenitorial candidate of the PDP in the state.

Political watchers say the days ahead may be dire for the North as the South always has the capacity to collapse structures and queue behind a candidate as they did when former Gov. Donald Duke emerged.

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  1. Imoke’s mere pronouncement was a cosmetic political propaganda to sway the Northern Cross River people to queue behim during his second tenure. It’s only political spectators that would circumscribed to such pronouncement “that the inability of Northern Senatorial to produce a governor since the creation of the state” as the sine qua non for the North to produce the next govenor come 2015. This issue has escalated to infightings among the political elites of the ruling party of the state. My concern is ‘does our political leaders know much about constitution and constitutionalism’? If yes, then why adopting zoning rather than equal participation of all to seek for same office, giving equal opportunity? This negates credibility and meritocricy inplaced of mediocrity. It’s very absurd if people who sworn to the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, to pervert it for manipulative political gains. I urge every credible Cross Riverian to contest the 2015 gubernatorial election in the state given all odds irrespective of senatorial district.

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