November 06, (THEWILL) – A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Cross River State, Chief Sam Bassey, has questioned the back to South Agenda in the state.
Chief Bassey made this known in Calabar, while speaking on topical issues in Cross River State, as the state braces for next year’s general elections.
The back to South Agenda, is a political agenda where the governorship seat, which is presently occupied by the Northern senatorial district of the state, will move to the southern Senatorial District.
However, questioning the present arrangement, Chief Bassey said the present arrangement victimises the minorities in the south.
He said he vehemently opposes an arrangement where some people will remain underdogs and cannot occupy offices.
“Zoning should not be such a way that a particular tribe will be at the top, while the other sections will be below permanently.
“Back to south, back to South is to who in the south. South is made up of Efiks, Akamkpa (Ejagham) and Biase (Ekois).
“So if you say back to south, to who in the south? Is it permanently the Efiks and I disagree with that. Among the Efiks, Akamkpa and Ekois, there are competent hands.
“Now they say back to south, excellent that back to south we have a situation where both of them are Efiks, is that right, fair and equitable, not just that in one local government.
“Ok, if somebody is not from the south for example can’t our brothers say if we take the Governorship seat let the Akamkpa Biase take the senate or if we take the senate Akamkpa Biase provide the governor. Are we no longer brothers, so why should we continue to work?
“I am vehemently opposed to this kind of arrangement where some people will remain underdogs and cannot occupy offices”, he said.
He insisted that the present arrangement, where the Governorship Candidate and the senatorial candidate come from one local government in the south is unfair.
“What they are doing now is against equity, natural justice and good conscience and I am not interested in this thing anymore.
“If I cannot occupy a particular office because I come from a particular area, then forget it, it’s not just about me”, he said.
Chief Bassey said he is endorsing the gubernatorial ambition of Professor Sandy because they cannot continue to be enslaved.
He said they have been speaking to their brothers in the south in vain since 1999, they hope a Sandy/Emana administration will listen to them.
“I am endorsing the candidature of Ntufam Professor Sandy Onor for the Governorship very loud and clear. I have the backing of my people before making this pronouncement.
“I said I have the backing of my people to make this pronouncement we cannot continue to be enslaved.
“Anybody who does not like it should come out and let us know why it should be otherwise.
“We spoke with our Efik brothers and they are not prepared to discuss this with us. Senator Professor Sandy Onor is very approachable and has a listening ear and I believe he will listen.
“We have been speaking with our brothers since 1999 and they are not prepared to listen to us, they have not heard and it’s not now that they will hear.
“Let nobody come and deceive anybody, your people have been in office since 1999, as governor and also as senator, what has changed?” He queried.
He added that they are sick and tired of talking to people who don’t want to listen because as far as some people are concerned the South is made up of only the Efiks.