By Magnus Effiong
Executive committee members of Calabar South chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as well as those of wards 10,11 and 12, have expressed their support to the former Chairman of the Council area, Rt Hon (Mrs) Majorie Asuquo, in her quest to occupy the Calabar South Constituency 2 seat in the Cross River House of Assembly.
Rt Hon Asuquo, was cleared on Thursday to take part in the forthcoming primaries of the party alongside others in what promises to be an interesting contest. PillarToday learnt that wards 10, 11 and 12 constitute the Calabar South Constituency 2.
The party leaders, who spoke in Calabar when the aspirant formally consulted them on her desire to represent constituency 2, said Mrs Asuquo’s capacity to perform was not in doubt.
Speaking, the Chapter Chairman, Pastor Otu Marshal, who poured encomium on the former Council Boss for her giant strides while in Council, described Mrs Asuquo as ‘seasoned administrator who values the party and individuals,” adding “she has worked for the party when she held sway as Chairman of Council, I think it is time for the party ro reciprocate.”
Corroborating, the Chapter Secretary, Comrade William Ibok, said Rt Hon Asuquo was “the type of leaders we need in our polity,” while Felix Ekpo, Assistant Auditor of the Chapter prayed God to see Rt Hon Asuquo through in her aspiration.
Special leader, Ekpenyong Oku reminded the Chapter of Mrs Asuquo’s strides and concern for the people of Calabar South, while Comrade Efiom Yellow-Duke described Rt Hon Majorie as a ladder through which many have climbed to their blessings.
The Constituency 2 executive members were not left out. Speaking, Valentine Effiom, Ward 10 Chairman, described Mrs Asuquo as “a woman with proven integrity and capacity to cause a change,” noting “we are all witnesses to what she did as Chairman of Council.
“We do not doubt your political sagacity, proactive and passionate approach to governance and leadership challenges as well as your disposition as a mother. We are by your side.”
On her part, Chapter Women Leader, Emmanuela Etim, said her vote has already been kept aside for Rt Hon Asuquo and therefore appealed to the constituents to give the aspirant opportunity to prove her mettle.
“This is a woman standing in the midst of three male giants. We laud your boldness and so we will give you our support. We will stand by you to climb this ladder but you must not push the ladder down when you eventually reach the top,” Etim advised.
Philip Effiong, Special leader, Ward 12, advised the aspirant to live by her promises, adding “you must be clothed with the apparel of service and love for your people as we all pledge to stand by you,” while Esther Edem of Ward 11 prayed for God’s protection and wisdom for the former Chairman.
The Chairmen of Ward 11, Abia Inyang Abia, and Ward12, Foster Asikpo, as well as others who also made remarks at the event lauded Mrs Asuquo’s disposition and assured her of their unwavering support.
Speaking earlier, Rt Hon Asuquo reeled out her achievements while in office as Council Chairman, saying her experience as manager of personnel and resources would aid in her determination to add meaning to the lives of her people.
“I live in Calabar South and I know every nook and cranny of the Council area, particularly Constituency 2. I have a clear vision of what I am going there to do. You could recall that as Council Chairman, I tried my best to carry everyone along.
“I employed the services of consultants who helped in selecting the poorest of the poor women in the Council area for empowerment.
“Envelopes were given to them to establish or enhance their petty businesses. I initiated measures to ensure the once restive Calabar South enjoyed security and it is on record that throughout my stay there, there was peace in the area.
“I know the basics of legislature, which include lawmaking, oversight functions and lobbying to attract development. If one does not know what he is going in there for, he will end up floating and before he knows, his time will be up in the House.
“I am different because I understand perfectly what to do and I promise that I will do very well in all these areas.
“As I said earlier, among all other aspirant, I alone live in Calabar South and I tell you that I know our challenges because he that wears a shoe knows where it pinches. There are lots of intervention programmes all over, I will intercept them and bring to Calabar South.
“When I am elected, I will ensure we have periodic Constituency town hall meetings in which we will discuss and deliberate on how best we could handle our challenges. Give me a chance and you will surely rejoice. I promise to make you proud, I promise I will not disappoint you, “Mrs Asuquo stated.