-SDP Guber Candidate
By Ene Asuquo
Ahead of next weeks’ Governorship election in the state, the gubernatorial candidate for the Social Democratic party, (SDP) Mr Effiom Okokon has said that the forth coming elections would be a referendum for the survival of Cross River State
The SDP Governorship candidate in an interactive session with journalists in calabar recently opined that with the current state of infrastructural and economic decay in the state in Ayade led administration, is enough for all Cross Riverians to get up and make a decision by taking their destinies in their hands and vote SDP into power.
Mr. Effiom Okokon who has pledged to turn around the socio-economic fortunes of the state within the first two years of his administration if given the privilege to lead, also promised to end the 24years of circle of bad governance in the state.
Effiom stated that the PDP and APC in the state are one and the same, stressing that the fight put forward by both parties to lead the state isn’t for the interest of the people but for thier personal interest.
The Social Democratic Party SDP advised the electorates to come out and vote SDP given the fact that the forthcoming election is like a referendum for the survival of the state.
In his words, “My message to the electorate in the state is that they should come out and vote because this election, will determine the future and the survival of our state”
“We have our plans for our state which is Health, Education, Agriculture, Rural Transformation, Tourism and Security but the people have to come and vote to ensure our victory otherwise the same cycle of bad governance and leadership we have been suffering for 24 years will continue”, he stated.
Effiom promised to give priority attention to revival of the Cross River State library within the first 100 days in office and also promised to clear all backlogs of pensions and gratuities owed state workers once he comes on board.
The Social Democratic Party SDP candidate also pledged to initiate policies and Programmes that would get young people empowered in order to stop certain deviant behaviors which includes cultism and others stressing that the administration shall get youths engaged meaningfully.
He maintained that the proliferation of cult groups in the state is worrisome, stressing that the SDP agenda is to build a state free from cultism and have youths that would do things meaningful for them selves and for the development of the state.