CrossRiver State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke has called on the organised labour to brace up and be part of the process of selecting the next governor for the state.
Imoke, who made the call during a state banquet to mark the 2014 Workers Day at the Peregrino Hall, Calabar, maintained that, “The governorship of Cross River State, come 2015 is too important for one man to decide, so be bold, be part of that decision in 2015.
“This Labour Day reminds us of the role you play in the development of the society, anyone who underrates your role does not understand the fact that the decision makers in any society are the middle class and most of you constitute that class. The sooner you know your powers and rights as a middle class, then you can join us in giving directions to our state.”
“So be bold to say I want to be part of that decision in 2015. Don’t take it for granted, don’t wait for me to make a pronouncement because I will not make any such.”
While allaying fears that the governorship may be given to the southern senatorial district, Imoke averred that, “By the grace of God, the next governor of Cross River State will come from the northern senatorial district, the only senatorial district that has not produced a governor since the inception of this state. So why won’t we put our hands together to support our brothers from the north?
“The next governor would not be picked by Liyel Imoke; the next governor will be picked by the almighty God with all of you playing your own parts.”
In his remark Chairman Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade John Ushie, lauded the passion demonstrated by Governor Imoke in developing human capacity for effective and efficient service delivery and promised to build on the foundation laid by the governor in growing the state.
On his part, Trade Union Congress (TUC) Chairman, Comrade Clarkson Otu, promised to add value to the vision of the state that will take Cross River State to higher height.