Senator Gershom Bassey disappointed most of his supporters and friends when he decided not to contest in the 2015 Governorship election amidst pressure from every angle. The decision not to run was deliberate to promote peace and equity, and also allow Northern Cross River produce a Governor following the zoning formula.
Chief Gershom came to the Senate as a first timer and a rising star, whom most of his critics were unsure of his prowess as a grassrooter from the State, and as such display such political finesse.
The bravery, decency, decorum commitment, consistency and the enduring legacy of Sen. Bassey has helped him become a liberal firebrand and a powerful figure in the Senate.
Obong Ekpe 1 of Cross River State, as he is fondly called by his fans, has positioned himself to build useful relationships in both the Red and Green Chambers that will attract huge benefits to his people in terms of providing job opportunities and quick implementation of most of his constituency projects.
Even the worst of his critics cannot dispute his remarkable level of integrity, decency, and sterling principles which has deepened democracy in the State and Nigeria. This is evident in his constant nomination to represent the Senate leadership in most functions.
“There is no doubt and questions about his relationship with people. No wonder, he is always trusted with responsibilities and he sustains relationships no matter how people try to distract him” – Senator Benedict Ayade, the Executive Governor of Cross River State, describing Sen Gershom Bassey.
He is a rising star and a firebrand identity in the Red Chamber, and respected by his fellow lawmakers. What remains to be seen with his political of ethics and style of operation that has increased his clout inside the Senate and across the country is the future of becoming a dominant Senate figure with the ripple effect directly on his people.