All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Cross River State, Sen. Prince Bassey Edet Otu has met with the Eze Igbo and other prominent Igbo Leaders in the state, promising to creat an investment climate in the state for investments and other business opportunities when elected as the state governor during the upcoming March 11, Governorship and state assembly elections.
Sen. Otu expressed his respect and love for the Igbo community in the state and country went down memory lane how his compulsory one year National Youth Service experience in Imo State, made him fall in love with the Igbo culture and progressive mindset. He assure of his willingness to partner with other Igbo business personalities to promote trade and investment opportunities in the state by exploring the vast resources in the state while leveraging on the massive industrial infrastructure spread around the entire state by the present government.
According to the governorship hopeful, ” I stand here to address you, not as Igbo but as fellow Cross Riverians, because where a man lives, have sustenance and raise his family, is truly were he comes from. When you move into some of our interior areas, you will see culverts and other serious developmental works built by Sir (Michael) Okpara. So the Igbo have contributed immensely so the socio-economic development of this state. I have been to this palace a couple of time anytime I am here, I always come out tops in whatever election I contest. So this is a very familiar terrain to me.
“I am taking time to say all of these because I believe that the true test of a man is his antecedents. Our state needs a divine intervention and we need someone whose word is his bond. If you look carefully in our society, you will realize that we do not have a middle class. So we want to creat a middle class in our society. Now the middle class serves as a buffer between the very poor and the very rich. And if you ask me how we will do it, I will leverage on the industrial facilities we have around today and see how we can create employment by utilizing those industries”
On how he will tackle the issue of insecurity, Sen. Otu said, “By the grace of God, as I step into government, kidnapping and other crimes we experience today, will become a thing of the past. All I will say is, partner in this progress and we will get it done together ”
Sen. Otu who visited the Igbo leadership in company of his deputy Governorship candidate, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey and some other members of his campaign team sort for the cooperation and support of the Igbo community in the state to secure a victory in the governorship election.
Responding, the Eze-Igbo in Cross River State, Dr. Emmanuel Ezenwaenyi, expressed delight at the visit and reaffirmed his support and love for Sen. Otu
“you are a good man, everyone knows that. One thing we must also thank God for, is the fact that governor Ayade stood his ground and insisted that it is the rurn of the South. We were all here when it started with Donald Duke, and it is only proper that it begins again from the south. We are sure that you will win, but when you win please try and ensure that the Calabar port works and also that the tax rate in the state is reduced” said the Eze Igbo.
Sen. Bassey Otu who is highly tipped to become the next governor of the state is widely loved and supported by a cast majority of Cross Riverians.