Former Attorney General of Cross River State, Eyo Ekpo has berated the move by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to endorsed the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari as their preferential candidate ahead of this weekend election.
Ekpo stated this on Tuesday in Calabar, where he disclosed that the only recognised Presidential candidate remains Donald Duke based on his initial victory at the party’s primaries in October 2018.
He however, admonished the party to deviate from the concept of endorsing Buhari but accept Donald Duke as the real candidate.
According to him, “We will continue to support Donald Duke for the Presidency because the decision of the NEC of the party doesn’t have popular support of the people. Duke remains the candidate of the party recognized by INEC”.
Ekpo revealed that he’s confident of victory in the March 2 gubernatorial election, claimed because of Governor Ayade’s poor performance, that even the north where he comes from would not vote him. He said the governor noticed this during his state tour that people were more concerned about good governance and not where the Governor comes from.
He said, “We started our state-wide tour last week from the north. Why we started from the north is simple; because the Governor is from the north. From what we saw, I can tell you that Cross River North is the most deprived part of the state under Ayade.”
“Last year during the burial of Late John Odey, the Governor promised that the 147Km Mfon-Obudu road would be commissioned before December but from what we saw, it doesn’t look like anything would happen even if Ayade is given another four years.”
He added that “the people of the north and the entire state are waiting for respite from the SDP because the two major political parties have failed us.”
Reacting to the recent budget, Ekpo stated that Gov Ayade’s budget was a complete scam.
“What Ayade recently presented cannot be called a budget. It’s a complete scam. No paper was even laid before the assembly for debate. What would they be debating on? He went to the assembly to give a chat and not to present a budget”.
“Development has further shown what Cross Riverians have been facing in the past four years; insult from the Governor. This is why there should have been loud voice everywhere demanding the impeachment of the Governor.”
Ekpo also berated the candidate of the APC, Sen. John Owan Enoh, for allegedly failing in his legislative duties in 20 years.
“We have a man who has been in the legislature for 20 years and now want to be Governor. Now where are the bills to his name? Where are the institutions, the projects he has attracted to the State? It’s not enough to go the national assembly, get money and come back home to give a few people or buy sewing machines or fairly used cars for people.”
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