As expected, politicking towards 2023 in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State is living up to bills, and as diverse as the state is, so is the interest and intensity of those positioning for the seat of government in Calabar the state capital.
Before now, many had concluded that the Senator representing Cross River South, Senator Gershom Bassey will be the PDP flag bearer for the governorship position. But as things keep unfolding, many factors are beginning to stand in his way.
Photo of Gershom Bassey
In this article, we look at two things that are threatening Gershom Bassey's ambition of becoming the next governor of Cross River State.
1. Arthur Jarvis
Jarvis is a Chieftain of the PDP, a foremost businessman and Chancellor, Arthur Jarvis University. He recently declared his intention to contest for the position of governor of Cross River state come 2023.
Jarvis is perceived to be more of a technocrat than a politician, but by dint of hard work, self-discipline, and providence, he has remained relevant to the people of Cross River South.
The fact that he is a technocrat demonstrates his adept understanding of the management of resources.
Although many are saying he is no match to Gershom Bassey. However, keen observers contend that though Jarvis may not be a typical politician, he is by far the best option to build on the achievements of the Ayade administration, and take the state a notch higher and make it one of the three top economies in Nigeria.
2. Zoning Of The Presidential Ticket
Another thing that may threaten the ambition of Gershom Bassey is if the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) plays smart by zoning its presidential ticket to the South.
Such a move, findings showed, could give the APC a sweeping momentum in almost all the states in the south in the countdown to the 2023 elections that would see it maintaining its hold on power.
According to political analysts, If the PDP zones the Presidency to the North, they are likely to lose all their current Southern states, essentially, because of the mood in the South that Nigeria’s Presidency should rotate between the North and the South.
In Cross River, the state is predominantly PDP even though the governor has defected to the ruling APC.
But the governor, Professor Ben Ayade might get momentum if PDP chose a northern president and APC settled for a southern presidential candidate. This could make the governor take the state deeper into APC.
Also, note that many PDP members in the state might defect to the APC to vote for a southerner if the APC zones it to the South.
But if the reverse is the case, the PDP might be unbeatable in the 2023 elections in Cross River State.
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