Nyok|12 September 2018
Mr Friday 'Last Prophet' Awade, Tuesday, officially declared to run for the Cross River State House of Assembly (CRSHA) seat to represent the people of Obanliku in the forthcoming 2019 general elections NegroidHaven can report authoritatively.
The On Air Personality (OAP) who hosts the daily Otwetwe Show on the first private radio station in Cross River, Hit 95.9FM also disclosed that he has resigned his OAP job to demonstrate his seriousness with his political ambition.
Awade who is running on the Social Democratic Party (SDP) observed that, because the people of Obanliku are asking for more, he has decided to fill the need for proper representation at the level of state legislature not on any trivial sentiment but ideology.
The House of Assembly hopeful who argued that he has chosen to vie on the platform of the SDP because the political party accommodates the people further noted that his style of politics won't be elitist, in fact, according to him, it will be overtly pro-people.
Will fielding questions from members of the press in Calabar, Cross River capital city immediately after declaring to run for office, Awade said that, 'My intention to run for the State House of Assembly was drawn out of the necessity for the development of the people of Obanliku my constituency.
'I have come to understand that the people cannot get enough of what they want right now, we are asking for more —Obanliku people are asking for more. I have decided that my campaign will be ideology based, my campaign will be a marketing based campaign. It will not be a campaign of who has worked or who has not worked, it is not going to be a campaign of who should be taken out or who shouldn't be taken out, it is going to be a campaign for the need of proper representation of Obanliku people.
'The mandate of the campaign is a mandate of the people, I am going to be running 80:20 percent pattern of government, 80 the people, 20 the elite. Our government is not going to be an elite government, that is not the type of government I want; I want to run a government that will have direct feel with the people.
'I chose the SDP because the Socialist Democratic Party has an ideology that accommodates the people… It's because of the social content of the party. It's because of the society that the party accommodates.
While reacting to the challenge of vote buying currently characterising Nigeria's politics, Awade informed that while one cannot totally rule out the menace, said that his campaign will look for a comfortable ground to canvass to victory.
According to him vote buying 'is a giant that we intend to, not overlook, but canvas against. I want to assure you that vote buying and money politics is something that we can't 100% do without, but, to a reasonable extent we will look for a comfortable ground to canvas against, reason why we have decided that our mandate will be a people’s mandate.'
Dr Donald Duke and Mr Eyo Ekpo Esq are the presidential and gubernatorial aspirant of the SDP in the forthcoming 2019 general elections in the country.
Present at the occasion was Diana-Mary Nsan a former OAP with Cross River Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC), Mr Ogban Usetu, stand up comedians, friends, well-wishers, etc.
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