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Jonathan’s Son-In-Law Joins Cross River Governorship Race
2023 Election

Jonathan’s Son-In-Law Joins Cross River Governorship Race 

Prince Godswill Edward, Special Adviser on Sports and Cinematography to Cross River Governor Ben Ayade, has shown interest in running for governor under the All Progressives Congress in 2023. 

News Agency of Nigeria

Edward stated in a Calabar interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday that his goal to compete is to build on the state’s tourism, rural development, and industrialization accomplishments.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s son-in-law Edward said it’s time for a generational transition in the state, and that youngsters should step up and take on leadership roles, demonstrating their ability to govern.

Mr. Donald Duke and Sen. Liyel Imoke, the state’s earlier governors, he said, elevated the state via tourism and rural development, while Gov. Ben Ayade pushed for the state to become more industrialized.

“It is on that basis that I am running for governor, to consolidate on the gains of tourism, rural transformation and industrialisation.

“My agenda is to consolidate; let us get what our leaders have done and built over time for the good and growth of the state.

“Let us consolidate on People, Policy and Infrastructure with a view to getting Cross River working.

“We need to look at all of these and build the confidence of our investors to grow the state,” he said.

In response to a question on the state’s rotational zoning of power, Edward stated that he does not believe in zoning and that the field should be open for all candidates to demonstrate their ability and capacity by persuading the public of what they have to give.

He believes it is incorrect to create ethnic divisions in the state, and that the state of Cross River need a governor for everyone, not a regional or zonal governor.

“We need to raise leaders who are statesmen to lead the state and leaders who are nationalist to unite Nigeria.

“Power should not be restricted to any region for now. I am a Crossriverian and I am running for the governorship of the state, not for a particular section,” he maintained.

He vowed to resurrect the state’s tourist industry by guaranteeing that Cross River receives the biggest volume of visitors.

Edward stated that if elected governor, he will encourage rural development and ensure that the state’s industries are operating at full capacity in order to build on Gov. Ayade’s achievements.

The Special Adviser, who vowed to communicate with the general public across the state, also guaranteed that policies will be enacted for the benefit of the state’s population.

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