Our Correspondent|30 March 2017
On Tuesday 28th March 2017 many youths with indigeneship traced to the ancient town of Ogoja Local Government Area took to their Facebook timelines to publicly declare their unalloyed support for one of the major contenders in the top race to fill the highest position in the council.
The youths who spoke through their various timelines and several hashtags stated reasons backing their decision. Judging by the hashtags that followed these posts, one could understand that these social media users were chanting their hymns in support of Barr. Paul Ishabor.
Barr. Paul Ishabor is from Nkum-Iborr in Ogoja Local Government Area. He is a practicing lawyer and a firm believer of true democratic governance even at the grassroot level. He is a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and have always been consistent in pioneering several courses aimed at giving overwhelming victories to the party in past elections. His involvement in the politics of the PDP at the state level can be traced back to 2003 where he mobilized the entire PDP youths of the north to fight the opposition of ANPP and NPD (Atam Congress). This struggle ensured victories for Governor Duke, Sen. Greg., Hon. Peter Igbodor of Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency, Hon. Gab Eddie, State House and Dr. Patrick Idagba as Chairman Ogoja LGA, etc.
From his campaign banners which floats on every Cross River State group on Facebook, his vision reads that he looks forward to an Ogoja that consolidates with the development of Sen. Ben Ayade's led administration. His Vision reads thus:
'To make Ogoja the industrial nerve centre of Northern CRS leveraging on its strategic location while using Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Technical and Vocational Education as the major drivers of the economy.
Some of the excerpts from Facebook on the hashtag: #OgojaYouthsForPaulIshabor are:
Abang Ogon wrote: "He is innovative, generous, unassuming and a jolly good fellow, his capacities speaks volume"
"Governor Ben Ayade has set the pace and shown the direction, industrialising CRS and uncoupling it from federal allocation is his target, his efforts in setting up the Utra Modern Rice Mill in Ogoja can never be brought to vain, Ogoja Youths support Bar. PAUL ISHABOR, we believe he can make ogoja an industrial nerve centre, and help in actualising Governor Ayade's plan for Ogoja.
Mark Idrah wrote: "Wise leaders understand the power of small things that can become the seed of greatness. That is what we have seen in Barr. Paul Ishabor"
"Wise leaders instill commitment, wise leaders foster followers commitment and team work. This is evident in the credentials of Barr. Paul Ishabor even at the time of his followership"
Egbelo Ntebri Edward wrote: "As youths, we are totally in support of Paul Ishabor's candidacy as the next chairman of Ogoja LGA. Considering Governor Ayade’s position on youths involvement in critical areas in government. Thank You H. E. Ben Ayade! Ogoja must be great!!!
"Just like Governor Ayade, Barr. Paul Ishabor is intelligent, vibrant, resourceful, patient, accommodating, charismatic and passionate about politics with ethics/principles."
It is evident that these youths are driven by Barr. Ishabor's youthfulness and his likeness of Governor Ayade’s developmental strides and his zeal to consolidate on Ayade's achievements in the Local Government Area.
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