13 December 2019
As part of the build-up of political activities to determine who chairs the rein of power at the local government level across the length and breadth of Cross River State, Yala LGA situated in the Northern Senatorial District of the state has earned the tag of being 'most politically noisy people' in the state NEGROIDHAVEN can say.
An influential commentator Simon Utsu, made this point yesterday on his social media account. He highlighted the fact that the Yala people are so disunited that they are yet to successfully speak with one voice in the selection of Chairman and Councillor candidates. This is unlike other local government areas according to him.
According to Utsu, 'The most politically noisy people in my state from my observation, are the Yala people.
'Whenever a political event draws close, they speak in a cacophony… often always discordant. I know all the wards in Yala now no-thanks/thanks to their daily online squabbles. Ugaga, Yache, Yahe, Okpoma, Gabu, Okuku, Ukelle… abeg which one I never mention?
'Other LGAs are having their chairmanship and councillorship (s)election in peace but na Yala own get fight. You guys should learn to speak with one voice else you'll keep getting the wrong leaders.'
One Yusuf O'Kwo Anyogo corroborated Utsu when he observed below the same thread thus: '… I have been watching developments in Yala with mouth closed, eyes and ears wide opened since the LG election was kick started. Our youth may again fall to manipulations ongoing by the imposed-on-the -people so-called leaders to further impose some one as the LG chairman on the people. Soon after that, we'll start wailing over the lack of development of this 'big changer' of political events LG', his statement read in part.
The development has been attributed to the variation in languages (mode of communication). For instance, blogger Daniel Riwo said: 'We have more than 10 languages…'
'Are you aware that we are the most complex local government with over 15 languages? They are languages myself and my siblings speaks and our parents don't understand in same Community,the issue is that an average Yala man prefer to die than to be openly cheated', said Egbara Emmanuel Orubebe.
This publication is calling on all Yala people to speak with one voice and pick credible political leaders at the grassroot level.