From Judex Okoro, Calabar

Governor Bassey Out of Cross River State has called for patience among stakeholders assuring women in the state of fairness and equity in his appointments.

Speaking when a socio-political organisation, Team Mma-Adiaha, hosted him and his wife, Rev. (Mrs.) Eyoanwan Otu, to a post-election grand reception in Calabar, Otu commended the women for the massive support, calling on them not to despair “as the sky is not even going to be their limit.”

he said: “They talk about 50%, we don’t know how it will be, but I can assure you it might be more than that. I believe that the women have shown their strength in order to recognize, strengthen and encourage them. These are the ladies who took the election to the next level in the state and displayed uncommon bravery and it was through their catalytic demonstration that made us to be where we are today.

“I believe that this was the first time women have shown such energy in our election, and it’s not surprising because this is the first time we have Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) on display and it is very clear that without women you cannot win BVAS.

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“So, we must appreciate the level of hard work which they have put in handsomely. Be rest assured that there will be more than enough for everybody. All we are begging at the moment is please, exercise some patience.

“People are talking about employment, appointments and so on, but I assure you that there’s going to be something magical which I am unveiling that will transform the socio-economic status of our people soon.”

Governor Otu noted that “there is very great expectation from Cross Riverians and we must not fail them. This is the first occasion we are having in this hall that I’m attending as the Governor of Cross River State and I’m so happy that this occasion was arranged by women because even the Bible recognizes that in its postulation that, ‘blessed art thou among women.’’

Speaking, the Coordinator of the group, Mrs Uduak Efem, said the group was basically formed over a year ago to mobilise women across the 18 local government areas to support the ambition of Sen. Otu, even as she expressed excitement that their support led to the dream coming true.