Traditional rulers urge massive turnout for Saturday’s polls

Eme Offiong, Calabar

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Governor Ben Ayade at the palace of the Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V

Nigerians have been urged to massively participate in Saturday’s gubernatorial and State Assembly elections.

A traditional ruler, the Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu the Fifth made the call when he received the Governor, Professor Ben Ayade in his palace.

Otu said: “we have sat as traditional rulers and spiritual fathers and came to a conclusion. I urge all Efik sons and daughters to come out on Saturday to vote enmass for the Governor of Cross River State”.

The State Governor Professor Ayade told the Obong and Etubom in council that his vision and master plan was to create a new State through its industrialization drive aimed at creating jobs for the teaming youths.

Ayade said: “I am not a product of complex, cheap politics. I am a product of calculated, sophisticated and well thought out process set on a mission to decouple the State from dependence on federal allocation”.

He assured the Obong that after his second term in 2023 power would rotate to the southern senatorial district in line with the PDP’s power rotation formula.

Voter Apathy
Meanwhile, the paramount ruler of the Qua people in Calabar Municipality in Cross River State, Patrick Oqua,has urged stakeholders to use the few hours left to encourage voters to participate in the elections.

Oqua said “the number of people, who come to vote matters. The turnout of voters at the last elections showed that that Nigerians need more enlightenment in Cross River State. There is too much voter apathy. The job of the stakeholders and political parties is to sensitize their members”.

He advised religious leaders to enjoin their members to always participate in electoral processes rather than heat up the polity with their sermons.

 

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