Bayelsa Times

C/River 2023: Traditional rulers say huge task awaits next governor


Traditional rulers in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River, have said that the next governor of the state would face huge challenges of advancing the developmental needs of the state.

The traditional rulers expressed their views, when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign team, led by the governorship candidate, Sen. Sandy Onor, visited the palace of the Traditional Head of the local government, Mr Asuquo Mesembe.

Speaking through retired Rear Adm. Itam Okpo, the traditional rulers decried the state of education, security and health across the state.

They also bemoaned the lack of support to traditional rulers by the state government and called for a change by the incoming administration.

According to them, things have really gone bad in the state and since government is continuum, whoever wins have a lot to do and must do the needful.

“I’m happy that Donald Duke is here, the Tinapa was his legacy project that would have opened up this area but of course, it was abandoned.

“Our educational system is worst off now, especially the primary schools where most of them now have leaking roofs, the health is another sad story.

“There is no support for the traditional rulers in Cross River, unlike what you see in Northern part of the country.”

On insecurity, the monarchs said it was the creation of politicians who armed thugs to do their political biddings.

They therefore urged politicians to eschew violence and play by the rules in the forth coming polls.

Earlier, the PDP governorship candidate told the traditional rulers that the proponents of the Back-To-South campaign were out to divide the state along ethnic line to achieve their selfish interests.

While noting that there was never a formal agreement on zoning in the state, Onor pointed out that each of the three senatorial districts had always had candidates or aspirants running against each other.

“In any case, each of the senatorial districts have had their eight years turn,” he said.

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