Ahead of the forthcoming 2019 gubernatorial elections in Cross River State, different shades of opinion are emerging on the front burner for and against the suitability or otherwise of retaining the much canvassed CODE 888 to allow Governor Benedict Ayade do a second term in line with the subsisting gentleman agreement.
While many are of the opinion that a second term bid should be based on competence and performance, some are vociferously agitating that in the spirit of fairness and equity, Cross River North should be allowed to complete her eight years just like the South and Central had with Governors Donald Duke and Liyel Imoke between 1999–2015.
Amongst those canvassing for fairness and natural justice for Cross River North is Mr Mark Ochalla, an assistant director with the office of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), Abuja. Below is his position;
“In the spirit of fairness, natural justice, equity and unity, Cross River North should be allowed to complete their term of 8 years. What’s source for the gander is also source for the goose. It’s clear arrant nonsense to see aspirants coming from other zones. We are not political fools in the North. Enough of the nonsense. Pls let’s put personal greed and selfishness aside which is the trademark of the politicians. The remaining 4 years is considered our birth right and should not be traded for selfish interest.”
In reaction to Mr Ochalla’s position, a public affairs analyst and grassroots politician Mr John Onwuka Ogbajie replied with a contrary position;
- “Mark Ochala my dear brother and friend, I react to this comment of yours because I feel you are not conversant with what’s been going on in Cross River State Politics. I’m not against fairness, equity or whatever but to remind us that in as much as its politics, all can not be on the same page concerning issues of election. In 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 Donald Duke and Liyel Imoke didn’t run their elections without a Cross River Northerner in the race, so also did some some southerners and centrals supported the northerners that ran against them only that they (Don and Liyel) won. If those that are crying equity, fairness, justice mean well for us in the north, they should work towards victory and not depend on sentiment else hold their breath from calling those supporting other people traitors after all Liyel Imoke was twice removed by late Dr Paul Ukpo and co in court and he still worked his way back. Finally, Zoning is a gentleman’s agreement that should be kept base on understanding and not force. Thanks.”