Prince Edodi Ejekor, the Youth Leader of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party in Cross River State, has lent his voice in support of the argument that the next governor of Cross River State should come from the Northern Senatorial District of the state.
In an exclusive interview in his office at the the party’s secretariat, Ejekor told calitown.com that, “naturally power has to shift to the North (of Cross River State) for equity and justice to prevail”. He added that, “if our party’s zoning arrangement has produced a governor from the South for eight years and the Central Senatorial District God willing will by 2015 have taken eight years too, the North which has never produced a governor should be given an opportunity in all fairness to produce a governor”.
“When we all work towards that, we will help nip in the bud a situation that may divide brothers and further stabilise our political landscape that will ultimately guarantee and accelerate the socio-economic growth of our state”. He however advised key political players in the Northern Senatorial District to put their act together and eschew the kind of political manouverings that have often worked against the interest of the district. This it is his opinion, will also guarantee that a North speaking in one voice will be “politically articulate”.
On the registration of the new All Peoples’ Congress, APC, and whether it can wrestle power from the PDP, Ejekor was emphatic in saying that, “I do not see APC, matching our reach not to talk of taking over in this state”. He expressed further doubts about APC’s ability when viewed from the provisions of the Electoral Act and submitted that the Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission, CROSIEC, may be in a better position to make clarifications that bother on APC’s participation in the LG polls next month.
When calitown.com sought his views on the hue and cry that has trailed the PDP’s internal political arrangement that brought forth candidates for the LG polls, the Youth Leader said, “PDP is a family and the family met and worked based on her internal arrangement, those who are grumbling at this process are those who are yet to come to terms with the fact that every competition throws up winners and losers. The party has not done anything outside the guidelines it has in place for the selection of candidates at all levels”.
Considering the often violent nature of elections in Nigeria, Ejekor informed that the PDP frowns at “violent conduct before, during and after elections”, the reason it is working through several youth organizations to “ensure that modalities in place address this ugly trend”.
For women in politics, he was quick to point calitown.com to the fact that apart from the opportunities the PDP is giving women, “Nigerians must encourage women to participate in politics. Where women are not actively involved in politics that society loses the midas touch women can bring to the process”, he added.
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