By Maxwell Effiong
Another group, Southern Solidarity Front has joined the train of those seeking for continuation of the zoning formula in Cross River State politics.
The group led by the State Commissioner of Solid Minerals, Hon. George O’Ben Etchi posited in a press conference yesterday in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State that it would be unrighteous if Gov. Ben Ayade successor is not from the Southern Senatorial District.
Southern Solidarity Front which is a socio-political group promoting the economic and political interest of the Southern Senatorial District of Cross River State recalled that, “the Governor of the State Sen. Ben Ayade has made it clear in several forums that he will maintain the zoning formula by returning power to the Southern Senatorial District, come 2023.
“We warn those who because of their selfish interest are hitting up the system with these political issues to stop distracting the Governor from his responsibility, as it is yet too early to start discussing 2023 gubernatorial election at this time.
“The proponents of this say their logic is based on the fact that the three Senatorial Districts have had their turns at producing Governors. This is despite the fact that it is clear to all that the Southern Senatorial District has the next turn of producing the Governor, going by the rotation principle earlier adopted by stakeholders in the State.” The group maintained.
It went further to state that, “This rotation of power between the Senatorial Districts has brought about even, equitable and sustainable development and has helped to avoid rancor, political tension and heating up of the system in the State. From the advent of the 4th republic, the two previous Governors of Cross River State; Mr. Donald Duke and Sen. Liyel Imoke were products of zoning and the present governor Sen. Ben Ayade is also a product of zoning”.
They ended by soliciting that, “the cycle of power rotation must thus be maintained by staying with the zoning formula which has returned the Governorship position to the Southern Senatorial District in 2023”.
It could be recalled that, last week Code 888, another socio-political organization warned that no one should wrestle the gubernatorial ticket with the Southern Senatorial District come 2023.
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