By Efa Sunday
Chief Edem Duke, former Minister for Culture, Tourism and Orientation has joined the governorship race to unseat Senator Ben Ayade of Cross River State.
Declaring over the weekend at the APC State Secretariat, Duke maintained that he’s not impressed with the current happenings in the State and wants to liberate Cross Riverians.
He said, “I shall command and utilize all the bridges that I have built all around the world to promote Cross River State. I wish to indicate that when the tourism agenda of this State was being rolled out, I played a pivotal role, because I introduced the whole idea of hospitality into Cross River State. I am the one who began the introduction of tourism as an economic sector.
“I have worked to promote countries like Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. These people are waiting on the wings in order to open windows of opportunity for us in Cross River State. But there’s need for you to identify a man who has sown the seed of integrity, credibility, competence, and who is in a position to re-engineer the State and restore her back to the time of the nation’s paradise.” He said.
Duke further enumerated his four points agenda as; “repositioning the tourism sector of Cross River, rejuvenating the people to help restore their confidence in government, promoting the youths and empowering the women”, which he believes will change the fate of Cross Riverians.
He also promised to, “cause a dramatic turnaround in both the socio-political as well as economic environment of the Northern Senatorial district, restore some of the heritage sites that will bring some of the farming communities out of poverty in the Central, and rekindle the history and heritage deposited in the Southern Senatorial district”, if elected.
While concluding, he sought the understanding and tolerance of the all and sundry, promising to “work as an effective team member”, in order to restore the hope of the masses.
“I have the winning formula, and the DNA that can lead us out of the quagmire of bad Government.” he said.
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