Hundreds receive Udayi in Calabar airport
No fewer than 200 supporters on Friday received a governorship aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in Cross River State, Dr. Paul Udayi, at the Margaret Ekpo Airport in Calabar.
Udayi, who returned to Calabar after being the first to pick up his governorship nomination and intent form for the state at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja, said he was in the race to bring back “the past glory of the state”.
The supporters, who included members of the Cross River State Youths for Good Governance and Cross River State Youths Emancipation, among many others, noted that they were rooting for Udayi in order to change the face of governance in the state.
One of the group leaders, who identified himself as David Ogar, said they had identified with Udayi’s aspiration because of what they termed “leadership failure” in the state.
Ogar said, “We have taken our time to welcome someone whom we think can lead the state out of its present situation. The present leadership of the state has failed the masses, so, we have decided to throw our weight behind someone else.“
Addressing his supporters at the airport, Udayi, who was clad in white caftan, said he would not play with the destiny of Cross Riverians if given the mandate in the 2019 election.
He a added that as a real estate investor, he was poised to address the issue of insecurity in the state.
He said, “I just came back from Abuja where I went to purchase the nomination and intent form to demonstrate to Cross Riverians that I do not intend to play with their destinies.
Security is a thing of concern, infrastructure is a thing of concern, institutional development is an issue, and employment opportunity is also an issue. We are talking about educational and health infrastructure and the economy of the state.
“So, these are the motivating factors. I am a Real estate developer and an investor and of course, you know that I have invested billions of naira into the economy of the state. So as a businessman who has invested that much, you don’t expect me to sit back and allow my investments go down the drain.
“We have to stand up and see that some anomalies are corrected. A lot of things are going wrong; people cannot sleep with their eyes closed. A lot of institutions, both government and private institutions are moving out of the state because the economy is dying.
“No employment opportunities and like I said, infrastructure is decaying and in these three years plus, we don’t have one kilometre road in Cross River State constructed by the state government.“