By Ushang Ewa
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, more people have thrown their hats in the ring to contest the 37 public office spaces available in Cross River State.
Amongst the recent entries are two youth leaders, Gifted Nelson and Yakubu Shendam.
Mr. Nelson, a former students leader, recently served in Abi local government chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria.
And, on Saturday, Mr. Nelson declared his ambition to contest the position of the member representing Abi constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly.
Mr. Nelson is contesting on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party and wrote on Facebook that: “I make this decision not just in response to the clarion call from friends and well wishers but with a deep sense of responsibility for the yearnings and aspiration of our people.
“I am not oblivious of the odds and skepticism as expressed by a few, I wish to state that we are in this race to break the barriers that limits our people from attaining their desired heights and to build a future that ensures the collective progress and prosperity of our people.”
Also, a former National President of the NYCN, Yakubu Shendam has declared his ambition to seek for the position of the member representing the Ikom/Boki federal constituency in the National Assembly.
Mr. Shendam is currently the National Chairman of the New Generation Party and is said to be popular among the youths having served as an aide to governors of Abia, Cross River, Plateau and Taraba States on Youth Matters.
Meanwhile, the Obubra Chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has announced their endorsement of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Usani Usani for the 2019 gubernatorial election.
The Chapter Chairman, Mr. Smart Anyabe conveyed the decision of the party during a meeting convened by a House of Assembly aspirant, Mr. Daniel Obo.
Mr. Anyabe who said Usani is the best bet for the state also debunked allegations that the local government chapters executives were dissolved alongside those of the state.
Mr. Anyabe’s position was confirmed by the youth leader, Mr. Abeng Ransome and Mr. Obo who also denied claims that he had signed a petition that sacked the chapter chairman.
Obo accused Senator John Owan-Enoh of playing insincere politics, spreading propaganda and attempting to disintegrate the party.
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