By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
The people of Biase and Akamkpa local government areas of Cross River State have unaimously agreed to vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) into office come the February 16 and March 2 general elections.
The decision was made known by the Paramount Ruler of Biase, Onun Apostle Nicholas Odum, when he received the campaign team of the Senator John Owan Enoh with his Chiefs and Clan Heads at the traditional council chambers.
Odum who spoke by himself rather than using an interpreter, openly said that “the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has failed Cross Riverians especially the people of Biase who produced the current deputy governor in the person of Prof. Ivara Esu”.
According to him, “we are highly disappointed that we produced the deputy governor and after four years, we have nothing to show for it”.
He regretted that the present administration under the leadership of Senator Ben Ayade had not sited one single project nor visited Biase since he assumed office.
As a result, he said, “I pray that the of Biase will guide and protect John Owan Enoh’s campaign. We bless you today and God Almighty will give you the enablement to carry this project to conclusion”.
Odum described the emergence of Senator Owan Enoh as an act of God. God wants to use you to save the state which is in a state total collapse.
He reminded him of some challenges Biase people are facing which includes lack of access roads, bridges and more importantly the issue of communal clashes and appealed to Owan-Enoh not to forget his people when elected.
Addressing party supporters in Akpet Central, the gubernatorial candidate, Owan-Enoh told the people that he ran an all inclusive government where prominent sons and daughters of Biase and Akamkpa will be part of his government.
He regretted a situation where Biase people could not benefit when their son is the deputy governor of the state. This singular act, he said, is enough to vote PDP out come February 16 general elections.
Owan-Enoh said for failure to carry the people of Biase and Akamkpa along, “Ayade and his deputy have made our campaign very easy. As your governor, I will respond to all your needs, especially the issue of having to tranverse from other states before entering some villages and communities in Biase.
Also in Akamkpa, the gubernatorial candidate had promised to bring development to the area as one of the local government area that has abundant mineral resources.
He regretted that the present administration had in the past three and half years neglected to develop Akamkpa but is only interested in the collection of taxes from companies operating in the area
Owan-Enoh urged them to come out in their numbers to cast their votes for President Muhammadu Buhari on February 16 general elections.
The highlight of the campaign was the acceptance of hundreds of people who defected from PDP to APC from the two local government areas.