Emmanuel Adigwe reports,
The gubernatorial candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Effiom Okokon, has paid a visit to the Paramount Ruler of Yakurr and Obol Lopon of Ugep, Obol Ofem Itam.
Okokon went alongside his deputy, Daniel Obo as they sought the blessings of the monarch.
The SDP flag bearer while speaking stated that there was a need to save Rivers State from debt and other shackles of poverty.
He said: “We are here to seek your blessings; we know that we owe huge debts as a State but we cannot even see the value of the debt we owe. I believe that we can lead Cross River.”
Okokon stated that insecurity is one of the major issues disturbing the nation and the State, and if elected, he will properly empower the Royal Fathers to resolve the challenges.
He also tasked the youths not to sell their votes and defend their mandate.
He continued: “They may come and give you money, but how long will the money last? Vote for us, we have plans for education, tourism, agriculture, and security. Yes, we need the old people, but let the young ones lead so they can take care of the old people.
“The future is now, the older people see us as cheap; let’s tell them we are tired of collecting money and voting wrongly. I want you to know that you can only be part of decision-making by having your generation of government. We are counting on your support.”
Speaking, the Paramount Ruler of Yakurr said: “You see, to govern a State, you need to have the capacity because to lead a group of people is not easy, not to talk of a whole State.
“You have my blessings, wherever you go they will listen to you.You and your team should put their ears on the ground as they go around seeking the people’s support for the Cross River governorship.”
The monarch assured the SDP gubernatorial candidate and his team of his support adding that the SDP should not be intimidated by other political gladiators.
Also speaking, the immediate past Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and running mate to the SDP gubernatorial candidate, Daniel Obo tasked the people of the state to support the back-to-South agenda, by voting for the SDP.
“By all standards, I am qualified to be deputy governor, it is not the turn of our Senatorial District (Central), it is the turn of the south. I have come here to tell you that today we have another young man, who God willing, some of you will emerge as commissioners and advisers.
“Those other older people will not take positions in your favor because they are not your generation, we must take our power shift. Our product is reliable and dependable, he is Engineer Okokon Effiom,” Obo said.
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