The Senator representing Cross River southern district (PDP), Gershom Bassey has insisted that nothing should affect the normal zoning or rotation of governorship seats to his district by the 2023 general of elections.
He maintained that continued rotation is the way forward in 2023, adding that it is the turn of Cross River South Senatorial District by all political parties in the state.
It would be recalled that Gershom was reportedly one of the three that were to succeed themselves in turn as governors from 1999 as follows: Donald Duke, Liyel Imoke and himself, Gershom Bassey.
Politicians in the state have argued that rotation can no longer be automatic such that the south should not expect that 2023 is its turn.
Speaking to journalists in Calabar, Gershom said: “I lend my full support to this Calabar Declaration and join the vast majority of Cross Riverians to support the rotation of Governorship to the Southern Senatorial District come 2023.”
He said it will only be fair that other districts should not struggle for the seat yet.
“Our forebears knew that it is only fair that brings stability to a people that is why they laid down an equitable and just road map in the Calabar-Ogoja Accord.
“They knew that it is only through equity and fairness that the people of Cross River can enjoy strength in their diversity and remain as one.
“It is still on these grounds of equity, fairness and good conscience that we stand today.”
He emphasised that the Nigerian Constitution, the PDP and APC Constitutions provide for equity and fairness in the nomination of candidates for election, rotation and appointment.
“Section 14(3) of the 1999 Constitution clearly states the need for zoning and power rotation to ensure national cohesion in our nation, Nigeria. Article 7 (3) (c) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Constitution provides for rotation and zoning of party and public elective offices. Article 20(iv) (e) of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Constitution also provides for the principle of federal character and rotation in nomination for election or appointment.”
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