Senator Gershom Bassey speaks on 2023 ambitions in Cross River
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Senator Gershom Bassey, representing Cross River Southern Senatorial district in the National Assembly is one of those often mentioned in public discourse in Cross River State to have ambition to contest for governorship of the state by 20203.
In a rare statement from him on Tuesday the senator advised those often dropping his name or having their individual ambitions for 2023 political circle in the state to relax their ambition for now and allow Governor Ben Ayade to focus.
Senator Bassey who dropped this advice in a statement he issued online in Calabar yesterday, said, “I think that this is not the time to distract him. Let him be focused.
“Anybody talking about governorship, councillorship or Senatorial or any election at this time is not being fair to our state, our governor, not being fair to our citizens”.
His words, “let our governor do his work and let us all support him to do his work until the end of his tenure then towards the end of his tenure people that are interested in anything can now start to come out but for now please everybody that has ambition should relax and allow the man to do his work”.
Adding, “We have two years to 2023 and we have a governor in place and he is Prof Ben Ayade. Recently the governor has been working very hard particularly on security and particularly after the EndSARS protest and of course we have seen significant improvements”.
He further noted that the recently the governor also showed leadership when he sworn in the Chief Judge of the state which has been a long standing tussle and he has resolved it amicably; hence” the governor should be allowed to be focused devoid of unnecessary distraction”.
On the renewed call in some quarters for protests in Nigeria by the #EndSARS campaigners or any other group, he said such protest should be done under the ambit of the law as guaranteed by the constitution.
He asked, “Can the# EndSARS people guarantee non violence? They are non violent group and all of us supported them because it is their constitutional right to protest peacefully but what we saw in October last year was that the EndSARS protest was hijacked by criminals. What we saw it in Lagos, Benin, Calabar and I even saw it in my house cannot be wished for, the second time. It was hijacked by criminals and they came to my house and cleaned me out even toothbrush they did not leave. So having experienced the hijack of EndSARS personally, my question to them is, can they guarantee that their protest at anytime will not be hijacked by criminals or hoodlums? “
The fear that everybody has is this lack of control. The possibility for the hijack of the protest as it was hijacked before is the problem. If they can guarantee that it will not be hijacked and violence will not break out, so what is the big deal? They can go ahead, but if they cannot guarantee that, then they should have a rethink”.