Finally, Owan congratulates Ayade, PDP winners, says “see us as opponents not enemies”
The erstwhile Senator representing Central Senatorial District of Cross River State and flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress in the just concluded gubernatorial elections in the state has finally congratulated Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade, the digital executive governor of Cross River State for emerging the winner of the 2019 gubernatorial elections in the state.
The congratulatory message which came 8 months after the elections was contained in a message sent by the former lawmaker to his party faithfuls, calling for unification of the party.
In his message Owan identitfied the discord and fracas that happened during the 2018 state congress of the party as reasons behind the party poor performance during the general elections.
Owan whose main letter was centered on re-uniting the party, therefore, called on both factions of the party to sheat their sword embrace peace and work for the growth of the party. Stating that he had already initiated the process of harmonization by putting calls across to the leadership of the other faction of the party.
“I have started the process with discussions with the Hon. Minister. I have also opened a line of communication with Hon. Godwin Etim John and Chief Francis Ekpenyong (a.ka
Orator), State Chairman and Secretary respectively of the other faction in the spirit of reconciliation and brotherhood. This is the time to put aside our personal partisan politics to recognize the importance of rebuilding the broken walls of our party. l’m confident that our party will survive the current challenges”. Owan informed.
He also identified and recognized the Hon. Minister of State, Ministry of Labour, Prince Jeddy Agba as the leader of the party in the state, even as he asked members to rally round him.
“Ultimately, our common desire is to build a party that seeks not to be divided, but rather to bring all members together as one united family. One practical way for us to help bolster a united APCfamily in the State is for us to put the past behind us, collapse the two existing factions of the party and unite firmly behind the Honorable Minster of State for Power, prince Goddy Jeddy Agba”. Noted.
Ultimately, our common desire is to build a party that seeks not to be divided, but rather to bring all members together as one united family. One practical way for us to help bolster a united APCfamily in the State is for us to put the past behind us, collapse the two existing factions
of the party and unite firmly behind the Honorable Minster of State for Power, prince Goddy Jeddy Agba”.
“…to this end, everyone has a part to play. We must sheath our swords, bury the hatchet and convey trust in the
leadership and integrity of the Hon. Minister and other leaders of our great party”. He said.
Owan while addressing the governor, made it known that members of the opposition are not enemies to the state nor the present administration, rather they are opponents whose desire is also to see that the state gets better.
“Now I wish to express my warmest congratulations to His Excellency, Senator (Prof) Benedict Ayade (KSJ) on his second term in office as the Executive Governor of CrossRiver State and other candidates who won at the Court of Appeal, particularly my
brother, Senator (Prof) Sandy Ojang Onor. I pray you savor this affirmation our State holds for you. You are by definition our leaders whose positions demand respect and honor. And you deserve credit for stepping up to these responsibilities of hard work and for seeking to take the inevitable heat and criticism that come with public office”. He expressed.
“Political leadership is a public trust that calls for sacrifice, modesty and the willingness to add value to the lives of our people. lt is my prayer that His Excellency recognizes us on the other side of our State’s political divide as opponents and not enemies with
shared interest in the development of our dear State”. Owan advised.