Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade yesterday restated his commitment to ensuring that the southern Senatorial District of the state produces the next governor in 2023.
Ayade, who was overwhelmingly re-elected as governor of the state for another four year term, vowed to do everything within his power to actualise that commitment.
The governor who spoke on a phone in programme on a private radio station in Calabar, insisted that Equity and fairness dictates that the next governor of Cross River must come from the South.
According to him, “2023 is the turn of the South and that was the commitment I gave. I will use every fiber in me to ensure that the next governor comes from the southern Senatorial district.”
He said having insisted on keeping fidelity with the political zoning arrangement in the state in the run up to his re-election, it was therefore, incumbent on him to be ensure that the south takes its turn to produce governor in 2023.
“Fairness is fairness, equity is equity. I have preached equity, so it is my turn to do equity,” the governor stated.
The governor also used the interview to disclose his plans to ensure gender balance in his next cabinet.
The implication of this is that they will be more women in his government, he said.