From Idongesit Inyang
Former chairman of Senate committee on finance and appropriation has lauded the State Executive Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for throwing the governorship contest open to all.
The state chairman of the party, Mr Alphonsus Eba, in a recent press-briefing in Calabar had maintained that the governorship race is not restricted to a particular zone contrary to the governor’s stand that it is zoned to the Southern Senatorial District.
Senator John Owan-Enoh, the first aspirant to jostle to occupy the seat of governor on the platform of the APC while visiting the APC Secretariat to make his intention known last Friday, thanked God that the party changed the decision by throwing the contest open to all.
Enoh said that “otherwise, his intention to run for the seat of governor would have been done somewhere else than here,” stressing the need that APC must field a candidate with content and ability to run an independent campaign
The APC chieftain and former senator representing Cross River Central Senatorial District at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, charged the ruling APC in the state not to give its governorship ticket to a candidate without pedigree but to him that has the capacity to face any candidate that flies the flag of the opposition PDP.
He said that the leadership of the party must field a candidate without baggage if it must win election for position of a governor in 2023, considering how strong the PDP is in the state.
According to him, the APC candidate in the 2023 elections must be the best and credible to lock horns with the PDP whom he said had been in power and has very powerful politicians among whom they can pick a credible candidate with capacity to vie for the guber position.
“As a party we need to see how competitive we can be, we need a solid candidate because he must be tested inside out , we must avoid candidate with baggage,” he further stated, adding that “The Central Zone has remained the most competitive compared to other places, 2023 is not for taking chances.”
He added that “APC needs a united party, and so let the fight be against the PDP and not among us because partys are becoming more interested in how to win elections. We must understand that the margins of winning elections will become narrow.”
Enoh maintained that “As a party we must be concerned about who can match up and square up with the excellent men that the state has had in the past, people like Donald Duke, Liyel and Ayade.”
In his response, the state deputy chairman of the party, Mr Eka Williams, who received Enoh, promised a level playing ground for all aspirants of the party and particularly welcomed the aspirant and said that he was receiving him totally with love.