10th February, 2012
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke has assured the people of Obudu and Bekwara of more development during his second tenure in office.
Senator Imoke who campaigned in the two local government areas during the week ahead of the Saturday 25 February governorship election in the state, said more infrastructural development, youth empowerment and women’s welfare will be his focus while in office during his second tenure.
He said he has no apology for purposefully taking development and government to the grassroots in the state as the greater majority of the population is resident in rural areas.
In Obudu, Imoke said 27 projects spanning roads, hospital and educational infrastructure have been completed in the past five years while 23 others are on going.
“Everywhere you go in this country and outside the country too, people talk about the Obudu Ranch Resort. We cannot therefore leave Obudu undeveloped, so that when people come here they won’t begin to wonder where Obudu is. Therefore, we have to develop Obudu to make it the new London,” he said.
The PDP flag bearer stated that the youths are the centre of his government that is why he is committed to their welfare. It was on that score that he is developing and rehabilitating educational infrastructure and facilities to provide them the platform to acquire knowledge to develop their minds and called on them to take advantage of the new facilities in schools to better their lot and equip themselves to function effectively as the leaders of tomorrow.
Imoke told the youths that the sum of N500 million has been provided in the 2012 budget to empower the youths in the state and called on the Obudu youths to ensure that they benefit from the programme.
He re-echoed his commitment to hand over to someone in the north in 2015 and called on the youths to be peaceful, law abiding and to support their leaders.
Also speaking, the Acting Governor of the state, Larry Odey said Senator Imoke is a leader any society should be proud of as he is visionary, selfless, purposeful and committed to the development of the state.
He said the huge crowd that has been gracing the PDP governorship campaign is a testament of the good work done by the former governor.
“Every ward, every local government in this state has the signature of Imoke as seen in the life transforming projects and programmes which have changed the lives and landscape of our dear state.”
Senator Ben Ayade, the senator representing the northern Senatorial District of the state said Imoke is his role model because of his sincerity, commitment to the wellbeing of the people of the state and his selflessness.
“I went to the United States some time ago to buy a Rolls Royce but when I was about taking delivery of the car, I thought to myself, does my mentor, Senator Imoke who is the governor of my state, who is older, richer, and more intelligent than me drive this kind of car? I then said ‘no’ I will not drive this kind of car.”
In Bekwara Imoke told the colourful and ecstatic crowd that he was not on campaign to the place but on a ‘thank you’ visit to them for the support they have accorded the party since 1999.
“In 1999, when we were seeking support the Bekwara people stood by us and had the chairman of council and House of Assembly member from the PDP,” he said.
The campaign has since been a replication of the carnival which took place in December in Calabar as singing, dancing and merrymaking has characterised every session in all the five local government areas in the north.