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2015: Northern C’River Academics Insist on Zoning

Professor Edde Iji

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Professor Edde Iji
Professor Edde Iji

An association of academics, comprised mostly of academics from northern Cross River State known as Northern Cross River State Academics has insisted that the position of governor of the state in 2015 should be zoned to the Northern senatorial district exclusively by all the political parties in the state.

The Chairman of the group, Professor Edde Iji and the Secretary, along with other members of the association including Dr. Tony Eyong and four others, said Thursday in Calabar that their demand was in line with the position of Governor Liyel Imoke “who has been preaching fairness, natural flow and justice.”

Iji commended the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for zoning the governorship position to the Northern senatorial district and called on other political parties to do same.

On the Calabar-Ogoja Accord, the group said the accord died a natural death with the creation of Akwa Ibom state in 1987. “The Calabar – Ogoja Accord was hewn in the Second Republic in the context of the Old Cross River State, and involved Calabar, Ogoja and Annang people with the objectives of breaking the real and perceived Ibibio hegemony.

“With the creation of Akwa Ibom State in September 1987, under which were and are still the Ibibios, Annangs, Orons and Ekets, the accord died a natural death. The political dynamics in the new Cross River state had changed. The most convenient and natural basis for power shift is by senatorial district.

“In the light of this new development of zoning, we call on all political parties in the State to, as a matter of political expediency, resolve to draw their candidates for the governorship election from the Northern Senatorial District,” the group stated.

According to them, with Governor Liyel Imoke completing his second term for the Central, after Donald Duke had completed previous eight years for the south, power should naturally go to the North.

On why aspirants from the North are not visibly expressing interest in the plum job, Iji said by 2014, more than 20 aspirants from the zone shall surface but that “today, they are treading softly since some of them are political appointees.”

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