The Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, and the opposition Labour Party, LP, have advised Prince Bassey Otu that he is now the Governor of Cross River State, not the All Progressives Congress, APC.
This was stated in a message of congratulations signed by IPAC’s chairman, Anthony Bissong Attah.
It reminded him that he ran for governor alongside other well-meaning sons of the state who were equally qualified.
“Your election as governor should thus be viewed as an opportunity to lead the affairs of the state with humility and fear of God.”
“It is worth noting that, having been sworn in, you are now the governor of Cross River State, not just the president of the APC.”
“Your campaign slogan of putting The People First encapsulates the entire yearnings of the masses, and we expect you to hit the ground running as you face the daunting task of restoring our dear state’s lost glory.”
“As very critical stakeholders who are steadfastly committed to the welfare and overall well-being of Cross Riverians, we have elected to immediately begin our constitutional role of advising you on sensitive matters pertaining to statecraft and good governance,” he said.
IPAC urged Otu to run an open, transparent, and accountable administration and charged him with adhering to due process and respecting human rights and justice.
They emphasized the importance of putting together a cabinet with a few eggheads who have the right character, competence, and capacity to get the state out of its rut.
Similarly, in a statement signed by its chairman and former governorship candidate, Ogar Osim, the LP congratulated Otu on winning the people’s mandate.
The party reminded him that it finished second in the governorship election, assuring him of the state’s people’s support at home and abroad as he begins a new chapter in the state’s development.
Seeing the scriptures that encourage leaders to pray, LP assured Otu of their spiritual support in prayer.
“We beseech the Sovereign Lord, who has given you power now, to grant you the wisdom you need to lead our people in fairness and justice,” he said.
They also stated that they would join Otu in the State’s transformation journey.