A seventh aspirant has joined the race to clinch the governorship ticket on the platform of Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC in Cross River State.
Senator John Owan-Enoh represents the central senatorial district in Cross River State.
During his public declaration at Ikom town, Senator Owan-Enoh said that he would defeat the incumbent governor of Cross River with strategic programmes targeted at creating a better socio-economic environment for the people.
Owan-Enoh, who was heralded by thousands of supporters, reeled out his vision to reposition Cross River for the progress and development
The Lawmaker stated, “My dear compatriots, needless to remind you that our beloved state is facing the worst form of misrule since its creation on May 27, 1967 from the then Eastern region. To this end, we will be keeping a date with destiny as a people at the next general elections in 2019”.
According to Owan-Enoh, “there has never been any time in our history that the consequences of our decision to choose who to lead us as a governor will be weighty, dramatic and consequential”.
He explained that he was prepared and competent to offer the best service required to the people, noting “our State is facing the greatest leadership crisis ever and needs a person with a well thought-out socio-economic blueprint to redirect it”.
The Senator listed education, agriculture, human capacity development through skill acquisition, health and tourism as areas to be revitalised when elected governor, promising “we shall group together our socio-economic development measures into a single model of bottom-up approach.”
“My administration shall make an inclusion of distinctive measures in policies, strategies and sectorial action plans in our socio-economic affairs that would nonetheless engender appreciable progress in the quality of government’s intervention in critical sectors of our economy,” Owan said.
The APC Senator further promised to make governance participatory, institute regular interface and interactions with the people “to keep the people abreast of government programmes.”
Other aspirants include a Lagos based business man, Emmanuel Essien Robson; pioneer Commissioner representing Cross River State on the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Eyo Etim Nyong; former Minister of Tourism and Culture, Edem Duke and former federal legislator, Nya Asuquo.
Former legislator, Paul Adah and Venatius Ikem, a former Peoples Democratic Party’s national official.