Stakeholders in Cross River State have said they are no longer happy with the old generation of politicians in the state.
The stakeholders insist they would endorse aspirations of younger and unknown elements to run for the state governorship position next year.
Speaking at a meeting of a group of concerned Cross River indigenes under the aegis of the Fresh Hope Movement, the stakeholders said they were tired of old politicians and would not likely cast their votes for them at the next election.
Members of the group, Veteran Journalist, Ubi Inah and Dr Ishmael Okon, a senior lecturer at the University of Calabar claimed they have assessed the crop of available old politicians and given them a vote of no confidence.
Inah said, “I have been around for decades and as a former editor of a state-owned newspaper, I have assessed the politicians that emerged since 1999 and would say that another set of young politicians should come up with fresh ideas to lift our beleaguered state.
Dr Okon said, “It is important we look towards young men that have not soiled their hands, who are coming with zeal and new programmes”.
Also addressing journalists at the meeting, Hogan Ita who nurses a governorship ambition, said he is not too young to contest the election, stressing that it is not by age but the ideas and a strong will.
“What rules the world is not age but brains, it is about what is in your brain”, he said.
“For you to rescue the state, I don’t think anyone who has been involved in the downfall of the state will have the brain to rescue it.
“We need a new team, a new person, a new idea to come in and revive the state.”
Ita said governorship is not any herculean task because “we are created to perform tasks. Our State is peculiar and it needs a special person to liberate it.
“We have all seen the problem in the state and we have seen the state has gone down and needs a rescue mission.”
The gubernatorial hopeful said they have come to rebuild the PDP in the state and save it from gross mismanagement.
We’re tired of old politicians in Cross River – Varsity Don, Journalist