Mr. Eyo Ekpo has congratulated the former Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency, Donald Duke on his successful bid for nomination as the official Presidential aspirant of our party SDP, in keenly contested primaries held in Abuja.
Donald’s Duke victory at the primaries is a testament to the wonderful work he did while he served Nigerians as Governor of Cross River State. Cross Riverians, and indeed Nigerians, see Donald- the only Presidential candidate for the 2019 elections whose blueprint for governance is already out in the open for engagement- as a trustworthy alternative to the misrule that the APC and PDP represent.
Donald, when he held sway in our state, raised it from the backwaters of economic negligence to become the envy of observers, both within and outside the country. Anyone who had been to Nigeria but did not visit Cross River was said to have missed out on a very uplifting experience, as he developed Cross River into a true people’s paradise.
His efforts to emancipate the state from dependence on the central government oil economy was evident in his pro-tourism agenda: introduction of the Calabar Carnival; the restoration of the Obudu Mountain Resort; introduction of Obudu Mountain Race; and the facelift given to all the major tourist sites, including the creation of access roads to these facilities. His efforts are indelible in the hearts of Cross Riverians, and indeed, the nation.
Donald also started a developmental revolution in agriculture, housing, environment, urban development, civil service, to mention a few. His overwhelming success in these sectors left a legacy that have survived the disasters that followed after he bowed out.
As someone who spent his primary school years in Lagos, attended Federal Government colleges in Ilorin and Sokoto, University years in Zaria and Philadelphia, USA, and then cut his teeth politically as a successful Governor in one of Nigeria’s most ethnically and geographically diverse states, I am convinced that Donald has the temperament, political maturity, and the exposure to lead our country onward and upwards.
I plead with Donald’s fellow contestants on the SDP platform to see his victory as theirs, as a stepping stone on the way to the redemption of our nation, which is what the party has advocated for since its formation. I ask that they join forces with him in the rescue of our great nation, for the battle is just about to commence.
We in the state pledge our unalloyed support to the aspirations of Donald Duke, knowing that at the end only victory awaits us.