Eyo Ekpo, governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Cross River State, has said that Nigeria is in dire need of qualitative leadership that will combine a robust and rapid infrastructural development of the country and not somebody who will use his job as a training school.
Eyo, who is the former attorney-general of Cross River State under the Donald Duke administration, disclosed this in Calabar in an exclusive interview with BusinessDay while reacting to the emergence of his former principal as the presidential candidate of the SDP.
He said Nigeria demands a leadership that matches the proven potential of her people, saying, “at no point in the history of our country has this demand been more urgent than now, following our population that is approximately 200 million, growing at an annual rate of 3.2 percent, which is grossly incompatible with an economic growth averaging 2.3 percent.”
Eyo, who described Donald Duke’s emergence as the presidential flag bearer as a good omen for the country, said: “It can only be a good thing for the entire country because we have had this stereotype thinking that the only person that can be a president in this country must be a Northerner, he can only come from the mainstream party; I think what SDP has done is to reject those two primary stream of thought in this country.”
“Duke administration will create an enabling environment that allows every Nigerian maximise their productivity, realise their potentials and fulfillment,” he said.