2019: Duke’s Endorsement Boosts Esor’s Senatorial Chances in Cross River 

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The senatorial ambition of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), candidate for Cross River Central, Commander Solomon Esor (rtd) received a boost yesterday as scores of women politicians in the senatorial district rallied round his candidacy, pledging to mobilise the people for the needed number of votes that will make Esor their senator come 2019.
Leader of the women politicians, Chief Mrs Ikwo Ujong Ibiang explained that their votes and those of their supporters will go to Esor in view of his public endorsement by former governor of the state now SDP presidential candidate, Donald Duke, who according to them, had expressed absolute confidence in the ability of the businessman and international consultant to make a good senator for Cross River Central.
According to them, the time has come for someone from the old Obubra area of the senatorial district, who has what it takes to represent them at the National Assembly, to be given the opportunity, stressing that such was the fair and just thing to do for the sake of posterity as the Senate seat belongs to everyone in the Central district of Cross River.
The women politicians explained that their pledge of support for Esor was not only guided by the need to respect the zoning arrangement reached by stakeholders in the senatorial district at the return of democracy, but was based principally on their unflinching faith in the ability of the retired Navy commander to effectively represent the people of Cross River Central at the Senate, and carry everyone along unlike what had been the case.
Rising from a meeting at Ikom 4 Corners in Cross River State, the women through their spokesperson, Chief Mrs Ibiang said, “Donald Duke is our leader. His two-term as governor of the state was a golden-era for Cross River. We believe he has seen something great in Esor to be backing his senatorial ambition and we’ll join Duke in making sure that Commander Esor becomes our senator.
“It’s not common to see His Excellency Donald Duke publicly identify with the ambition of politicians. There must be something special about Esor for him to have gotten our former governor’s support and that’s one of the reasons we’ll vote for SDP all the way. They are fielding great presidential and senatorial candidates and we’re delighted about that.
“We’re happy that the people of old Obubra have put forward someone as qualified as Commander Esor to represent us at the Senate, therefore he is the one to get our votes in 2019. Esor always goes out of his way to promote the welfare of everyone in this district. With his personal resources and wide connections, he has empowered a lot of our people, making them to be financially self-reliant. Our senator-to-be knows that a lot of Cross River Central youths are graduates with many having master’s degree; and has leveraged on this their education to make our sons and daughters not to rely on us their mothers or our husbands for survival.
“If Esor can do all these with his personal resources, we have no iota of doubt that when he gets to the Senate, he will do wonders. He has proven to us that he is not going to Abuja to enrich himself because he is already wealthy. He is the senator our people want and we will definitely vote for him during the 2019 election.
“All of us here are grassroots politicians, we feel the pulse of the people on a regular basis and can assure you that those from old Ikom who are bent on retaining the Senate seat after having it for over 20 years are just wasting their time. We cannot have an ably qualified Obubra person throw his hat in the ring and still vote for the same persons who have been there before with nothing to show.
“Old Ikom and old Obubra are sisters and brothers; our people believe that now is the turn of the Obubra people so we don’t cultivate feeling of bad-blood in the Central district of Cross River. It is in view of our desire to preserve the unity of our people that we have now taken it upon ourselves to ensure that an Obubra man, Solomon Esor of SDP wins in next year’s senatorial election.
“Not just because he is an Obubra man but because he is qualified and accessible. He has the interest of the masses at heart which obviously explains why he pitched his tent with the Social Democratic Party which is pro-masses. Come 2019, we are sending retired Navy commander Solomon Esor to represent us in the Senate. We will strongly rally our people to make this happen and with Governor Duke’s endorsement of his ambition, it will be quite easy to get Cross River Central to elect Esor as senator,”  Ujong Ibiang said

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