Sen. John Owan-Enoh, 2019 APC governorship candidate, Cross River state

By Ime Silas,

Sen. John Owan-Enoh has reiterated that his main intent which propelled him into joining the 2019 Cross River State governorship race was for him to rescue the state from the claws and phalanges of the unbridled maladministration which he said the state has witnessed in the past three and a half years. Enoh, currently a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is vying to govern Cross River state on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Addressing a World Press Conference on Tuesday in Calabar, the state capital, Sen. Enoh, who was last Friday, during the kick-off of 2019 Presidential campaign of the APC in Uyo, presented with the flag as the governorship candidate of the party for Cross River state, also lamented that his state was tittering on the brink of imminent collapse and called on aggrieved members of his party to put aside their grievances and join hands with him to rescue the state.

He said: “Suffice it to say that the task that lies ahead would require our collective commitment and utmost dedication. The goal is to rescue our dear state from the claws and phalanges of the unbridled maladministration of the past three and half years evidence by the numerous failed and flippant promises. I wish to therefore appeal to those who are aggrieved in our party to bury the hatchet in the interest of our state and come and let us work together on this rescue mission”.

While appealing to the aggrieved members of his party, Sen. Enoh continued: “My arms are wide open as I extend the desired olive branch to everyone to come together for the redemption of our state. APC in Cross River State is one big family and I believe that our individual grievances and reservations can be well resolved within the party.  I call on all my brothers, sisters, friends and fellow compatriots within the APC family in the state to come together and join hands with me to change the ugly narrative in our state at this time.

“Our state is tittering on the brink of imminent collapse on all fronts and the masses of our people have reposed great trust in us to take on the gauntlet of salvaging them from the current ruinous administration. We cannot afford to fail. All hands must be on deck within our party, driven by unity of purpose and a sense of urgency to restore the lost glory of our dear state.  I therefore call on all men and women of goodwill across party lines in the state to join me on this mission. To take our state out of the woods would require an all inclusive engagement with a broad spectrum of our political landscape”.

The APC governorship hopeful also accused the incumbent governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, of mismanaging the state funds, alleging that funds allocated to the state for development were diverted into other self-seeking ventures.

He said: “Today, we are faced with a very strange phenomenon where the Paris Club refund and the Federal Government bailout funds meant for developmental purposes and the payment of the backlog of pensions of our retirees are being used to share among our people to buy their votes. May I used this medium to alert Cross Riverians that the current administration in the state has deployed a retinue of its political appointees to engage in this nefarious act of buying their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) to warehouse against the forthcoming election. Our people must be mindful of this undemocratic disposition and should not allow their consciences to be bought with money that rightfully belong to them”.

Sen. Enoh used the occasion to alert Cross Riverians on the APC’s readiness to rid the state of poor leadership and return same to her lost glory where she would resume her position as a cynosure.