I am Not Competing with Ayade, Says Eno-Owan


Bassey Inyang in Calabar

The Senator representing Cross River Central senatorial district, Mr. John Eno-Owan has stated that he was not in any form of competition with his state governor, Professor Ben Ayade.

Eno-Owan, who stated this during a town hall meeting, and presentation of his mid-term report, also gave reasons he decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said he left because some of the political heavy weights who supported him to win the senatorial election were mounting undue pressure on him to abandon the people he was elected to serve.

Presenting his midterm report on Friday evening in Ikom town, to thousands of members of the APC, and other political stakeholders in the central senatorial district, Owan-Eno said while Ayade would be judged in 2019 based on his performance since he became governor in 2015, he would be judged by his performance since he went to the Senate in 2015.

He, however, stated if there was any basis for comparison between both of them , it should be based on what they were able to do for their constituency as senators.

“Please just Compare my work with that of that the governor did when he was a senator. In 2019 he is going to be evaluated on the basis of the work that he has done for the people of the state”, Eno-Owan said.

Eno-Owan who is the chairman of the senate committee on finance said, “I found out that so many people who supported me to contest against former senate Leader Victor Ndoma-Egba didn’t support me because they loved me, but because they hated Victor Ndoma-Egba.
“It was more because they hated Senator Victor Ndoma Egba. Some of these our Leaders did not support me because of my work and the love that they had for me, but because of the hatred that they had for Ndoma-Egba.

“Why do I say this? I expected these leaders to, at least, give me a chance to see if I will fail or succeed, instead, these leaders started showing me the real motives why they supported me. I come from the central of Cross River State, and if in two years people are going to get marginalised, and sidelined on account of support for your son whom you just elected to the senate, it means that those people are no longer ready to work with us again.

”Majority of our people in the central senatorial district have been excluded by the state control PDP, and I believe that the interest of my senatorial district will best be served in an alternative platform like the APC”.