The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has said that the people of the Southern part of the state must wait till 2023 to claim the governorship seat as “its turn by turn.”
Ayade also assured the people that the next elections would be more about the peace of the state.
Ayade disclosed this when he received a former Attorney-General of the state and deputy governorship candidate of the Labor Party in the 2015 election, Mrs. Nella Andem Rabana back into the fold of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He said: “From your house, from your own family, from your own local government, the people come out, everybody comes and says no, we don’t want you this is our son, what he is trying to do is not good.
“We have given him the opportunity for 20 years and we cannot see what he has done. He has always taken it all to himself and from your own family, they choose to go back and support another person.
“They did not stop at that, they say it is turn by turn. The south had it for eight years, the central for eight years and I have just done only three years plus. If you are in haste to collect it, that is why even if you want to do it for only one term, you will be in haste to hold it back.
“Any man who says that he will take another man’s turn is not a good person. It is the turn of the north and for you from the south, you know that in four year’s time, you are the one to produce the governor; if you allow it to go to the central, it means that you are extending your stay out of office for another 20 years because you have been out for almost 16 as it were, if you add my total tenure.
“So, it is for your own good to know that what SAN said today that she returned because for her it is an existential battle, it is about a good governor who has done so well.
“Today, I am telling you it is not about politics of PDP and APC, it is about the peace of Cross River State; turn by turn.”