By Dominic Kidzu
There was a bountiful harvest for the Peoples Democratic Party at the weekend as the party’s Governorship candidate, Senator Sandy Onor was received at ten different venues across the Central and Northern senatorial zones as part of the sensitization of the people on the need to make wise and informed choices in 2023 and the celebration of the new yam festival in various communities.
In Ugep Elder Omini Ikpi Ewa who who led scores of disappointed APC members to join the PDP at the Ikpakapit village square advised the mammoth crowd that “when you see people chasing away a witch do not accommodate her. PDP chased Ben Ayade away but APC mistakenly accommodated him, and now APC has been thrown asunder.”
Obol Goddy Eta who was a senatorial aspirant in the Central zone told the crowd that “Sandy has stood up for us and shown us love. We will vote for him and anyone who doesn’t want to vote for him will not come out that day. We know how to do it “.
There were frequent chants of “APC since then how far” by the women in the crowd as Senator Sandy Onor officially received the over 500 decampees.
Senator Sandy Onor in his remarks told the crowd that ” when APC came to the Central the other day a few of our brothers were grandstanding, they went back to lick their vomit, forgetting that the Internet does not sleep. They are leaders without integrity because they lost a ticket, because they were baptised in Government House, they are now singing a different tune. Ayade left the senate after four years and became governor. That is how we will leave the senate after four years and become Governor”.
“So those who told lies the other day actually have no shame. CRS is in a crisis. Instead of talking about the civil service that is now dead, revenue generation into private pockets, you are deceiving the people. I don’t like politicians who do not remember. Who have no character and integrity, I take the people’s mandate seriously. I love Ugep, seventy – four polling units! I am in love with Ugep, because Ugep is in love with me.”
Continuing, Senator Onor said ” we will run a government of justice, not a government of nepotism. All those who have something to offer throughout the state will be part of our government. We will not lie. Our state has suffered too much. I love being in Ugep. Dr Otu Abam Ubi told the story of the origin of Ugep people from Ejagham. I speak here with the audacity of an indigene of Ugep. Something new and something beautiful is coming your way. While they are saying Back to South we are saying Back to Cross River State”.
Other dignitaries at the occasion included the Chapter Chairman of the party, Obol Enang Omini, Hon David Bassey, Mr Overcomer, Barrister Obeten Mkpang, Elder Ikpi Mbang Eyuk, Mr James Uket, George Stephen Ewa, Elder Tony Ebri Eteng, Dr Otu Abam Ubi and Professor Okoi Oliver Effiem, (who also defected to the PDP).
Members of the Ugep Rainbow Coalition also received the Governorship candidate at the residence of Sir Ikpi Eni Plato
in Convent Area, also in Ugep, where polling coordinators were inaugurated. He had also commissioned his campaign office located on the Calabar – Ikom Highway in the Ijiman area donated to his campaign by Chief Nelson Ofem.