Majority just look at every sad happening in Cross River State, sigh and merely wish the truth has a tongue to speak for itself; then, there are others, like me who are willing to damn the consequences and defend truth at all cost, since the truth we seek has no tongue. I do feel obliged, as a writer to be its mouth and tongue. Sincerely, if we need anybody on that senatorial seat, it should not be Gershom Bassey please.
At first I took it for a joke but the situation now is more serious than I had even imagined. So, Gershom Bassey is running for senate? I have seen those billboards in different places and they unmistakably carry his picture and the inscription; “2015 GERSHOM BASSEY …THE EAGLE HAS LANDED”, and so on and so forth. Whoever put those billboards out there seriously misplaced them.
Worse, it appears the Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke has avid interest in getting rid of the incumbent Senator representing Cross River Southern Senatorial district, Prince Bassey Edet Otu, replacing him with his friend, Gershom Bassey. I hear too that after four years in the Senate, Gershom hopes to be back in CRS as governor, serving as compensation and also a fulfilment of one inauspicious pact, to the latter.
Aside the so-called pact, it would really be unfair to blame Imoke; I have my reasons. Most outgoing governors in Nigeria either want to secure their “links” with Abuja or cover their tracks but, I still think that if the Governor believes Otu in any way is a threat to him then he can as well begin the ardous support of anybody, but not his friend, Gershom Bassey.
Most Nigerians, especially those from outside the state may ask, why? Others may want to ask- but isn’t he one of the three crowned heads of Cross River and would he not, but for zoning be the next Governor of the state? And so on and so forth. All those are irrational talks and disputable anyway. He being the next Governor of the state but, of course, for zoning will have to be totally dependent on the height of unfairness the elections would get. Cross River needs and deserves more than Gershom Bassey in its political scene. We need more than a man who shuts himself and stays away from the crowd with hefty dogs or who can’t, with all the wealth he has amassed from the state, boast of a person he has empowered, unless he wants to start now, in attempt to brainwash us.
I am convinced that we need a social and amiable person on the scene; someone who can stoop to converse with the masses, the very people he represents, to know their wants.Cross Riverians deserve more than eye-wash. We don’t want any ego-professing sadist on our very own political scene and whoever and whatever we do not want we say no to its emergence in the first place. People need to be conscientized about this.I am indeed convinced that we need a democrat, a representative whose home will be open to us the electorate; who will humbly incline his ears to the cry of the masses. However, we do not know what will be but, what I’m sure of but regret to say is that if the ruling party is hell bent on election malpractices (as even some ward chairmen now can’t boast of having a vote), then PDP has just begun the long run to losing the state to some other party because Nigerians may at times chose to be silent but are no bunch of fools.
Cross Riverians, like every other Nigerian have inalienable right to free and fair elections, and they are conscientized about it. This time around we refuse to be pushed around. Come hell or high waters nobody will be imposed on us by anybody based on any stupid pact or nonsense. I will repeat: if the ruling party is hell bent on vote rigging, they may have it while Cross Riverians urge their Senator to go run under LP or any other party of his choice while we all queue behind him and defeat Sadism once and for all.
I just hope the ruling party in the state can be sensible enough to smell the danger that lies with failure to respect the will of the electorate.
BE WISE CROSS RIVERIANS,
SAY NO TO WHOEVER YOU DO NOT WANT.
TIME TO BREAK GROUNDS IS NOW
A CAT CAN NEVER BECOME AN EAGLE- not even for the sake of power.
Gnarly Eyo wrote in from Calabar.
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