My fellow Citizens of Cross River State,

The year 2018 has come and gone, but has left us with a lot to think about, about ourselves, and our State. We are getting to the 20th anniversary of our democratic experience, preceded by the general elections that will start in the coming weeks.

Considering the firm foundations laid at the beginning of this journey, the high hopes and aspirations we had for our State have not been realised. It is also clear that a considerable number of our people, from Bekwarra to Bakassi, believe that the past three years of the State Government have been marked largely by lost opportunities and disappointment.

Despite our disappointing position today, we must all be genuinely thankful for 2018, for the experiences and the lessons the year brought to us, and for seeing it to the end through His Grace and Mercy. Let us now commit ourselves to making 2019 a watershed year in the history of our State, the year of seizing our moment and redirecting our course.

We must recall the stated vision of Cross River State becoming the leading Nigerian State. What we now owe ourselves and those coming behind us is to reflect on a journey that was once so full of hope, recognise that we have departed from the path of development and growth and reset our priorities to start working again for what we know ought to be.

Therefore on this New Year’s Day, on behalf of my family, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Cross River State, and the Eyo Ekpo Campaign Organisation, I wish all Cross Riverians a 2019 of reaffirmation, rebirth and renaissance and invite all who love this State to join us in this resolve.

May the Almighty bless our commitment to do right for our State.

Eyo O. Ekpo
SDP Governorship Candidate
Cross River State


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