Donald Duke calls for restoration of Obudu cattle ranch

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By Ehigimetor Igbaugba

The ex-governor of Cross River, Donald Duke, has bemoaned the current state of the once-famous Obudu Cattle Ranch in Obanliku, near Calabar.

He called for the restoration of the ranch while addressing traditional rulers in the locality on Monday.

Duke said that the time for restoration was near and urged the people of the locality not to lose hope.

The former governor noted that the people of the state needed a public-spirited person to restore their hope, adding that the PDP governorship candidate, Sen. Sandy Onor, was such a person.

According to him, the PDP governorship candidate had all it would take to restore the lost hope.

“To hold a public office, you must be a public-spirited person. Sandy is a public-spirited person and that is what we need at this stage in our dear state.

“So much has been lost in the last couple of years. He knows the politics of the state. He is not a stranger, we have seen the result of a stranger.

“We need someone who can give us hope that today will be better than yesterday. Sandy is here to restore hope of the people,” he stated.

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In his remarks, Onor promised that his government would adopt a Bottom-Top approach in governing the state.

While urging them to bring back PDP to the seat of power in the state, the governorship candidate noted that the party had the experience and the people to right the wrongs of the present administration in the state.

“We won’t determine what you want but will seat and listen to your problems, and see how we will tackle them within the available resources of the state.

“My experience as a former council chairman, former commissioner and now a legislator, has prepared me enough for the mantle of leadership of Cross River.

Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers, Dr Amos Itim, Paramount Ruler of Obanliku Local Government, also bemoaned the present state of Obudu Cattle Ranch, adding that he wept each time he visited the ranch.

However, he said that as people that loved good things, peace and progress, they would continue to pray for the good for the state.

“Leadership is made by God and not by human beings. We know that before you made up your mind, God had already ordained the project, especially when he knows you have a good heart,” he said.


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