Sources within the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Cross River State have told calitown.com that the statement, “I don’t know who will be governor come 2015, but I know who will not be and the person who will be governor will not be an outsider but a member of the PDP family …”, credited to state governor, Liyel Imoke, is a clear indication that the governor and his acolytes may have perfected plans to play God and tinker with the 2015 gubernatorial elections in CRS.
At the inauguration of the PDP Caucus for the Northern Senatorial District in the state last week, Imoke is reported to have made this statement to a large gathering of party faithfuls in Ogoja, in what one of the sources termed “a political chest-out to discourage, even disenfranchise Cross Riverians so that his choice of candidate can win at the polls”. The source frowned at this kind of politics and wondered why one man can arrogate to himself power and intelligence over and above more than three million Cross Riverians.
“Imagine again that the governor is reported to have said that he is not bowing to pressure to anoint a successor, but what do you call a situation where he does not knows who will be governor, but knows who will not be? What of his submission that the person who will be governor will be a member of the PDP family. I ask, is his own PDP family different from the one we have on the ground. So even if the greater Cross River population votes against his wish, doesn’t what he is saying mean that it will be his family’s candidate or nothing for governor, come 2015?”
So that Cross Riverians may take their destiny in their hands, the source insists that, “our people must show greater interest in the processes leading up to the election proper. Where the hawks who have held this state down insist on foisting another hawk on our people, we just must reject it and show our strength in voting in somebody with a firm background and visible commitment to the Cross River of our dreams”, the source concluded.
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