2015: “We’ll dump PDP if …” Efik group threaten
A group of Efik speaking people in Cross River State have threatened to ditch the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidates over alleged marginalization.
Chairman of Efik Eburutu Royal Fraternity, High Chief Eyo Bassey Eyo-Cobham told journalists in Calabar that the Efik have allegedly not felt the impact of the PDP led administration at the state and national level.
High Chief Eyo-Cobham disclosed that “there is no single infrastructure that the Efiks can boast of in all the ten local government areas where our people are. “The Calabar – Itu highway has become a death trap while the Calabar- Ikang road (leading to Bakassi) has completely collapsed. Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort is not working because the federal government does not want it to work.”
He further said, “the Calabar Port, which would have been economically beneficial to our people is not functional because the federal government deliberately refuses to dredge the Calabar waterway.”
He noted that the Jonathan’s administration has embarked on major projects in other parts of the country, except the South-South which was yet to fully benefit from the president’s transformation agenda.
According to him, “President Jonathan is constructing the Second Niger Bridge for the South East people. There are many dual carriage ways in the North and South West, but we are not aware of any outstanding project being executed in Efik land and the South-South in general.” High Chief Eyo-Cobham said his people have been passing through very difficult times with the ceding of Bakassi to Cameroon, noting that “since the criminal handover of Bakassi, our people have not been resettled”.
The chairman affirmed earlier threat by the Efik Royal Fraternity that the Efik Nation will secede as they no longer have faith in the Nigerian State. “We stand by our previous position that we do not want to belong to Nigeria again. This we shall pursue with vigour after due consultations”.