Cross River State governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2015 general elections, Odey Ochicha, on Monday in Abuja, picked the party’s declaration of interest and nomination forms to contest the bye-election for the vacant Cross River North Senate seat. The seat became vacant following the death of Senator Rose Oko of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Speaking after obtaining the forms from the party’s National Secretariat, Ochicha said his burning desire to offer his wealth of experience in promoting good governance remains the driving force for his ambition.

Ochicha, a development and management consultant, said his clear vision, great ideas and big dreams of meeting the yearnings of the people of Cross River North for good leadership will have a telling impact on not only the senatorial district, but the entire state and the country. He said Cross River North deserves an effective voice in the National Assembly to correct the wrongs done to the zone, which remains underdeveloped after consistently losing out in the various state creation exercises in the country, adding that Ogoja remains the only former provincial headquarters that was yet to metamorphose into a state along with its peers.

The senatorial aspirant strongly believes that the time has come for the people of Cross River North to benefit from quality and effective representation which he hopes to offer through contributing to the passing of people-oriented legislations if elected into the Senate.

While lamenting what he describes as the complete absence of federal government presence in Cross River North, Ochicha, a widely travelled man, said he hopes to address this anomaly squarely by leveraging on his “God-given talents and contacts within the oil and gas industry, if entrusted with the leverage of political power, to attract development projects that will have life lasting impression on our people and the entire Cross River State”.

On the failure of government policies, the leadership coach blamed this on “the absence of appropriate legislations and regulations to propel the citizens to develop skills and talents to help them aggregate their energies towards building a strong economy to drive the advancement of arts, science and technology to attain national greatness”.

The 2015 governorship candidate who lost to Professor Ben Ayade is determined to ensure that his party, APC, changes the narrative of poor performance in the state, when given the ticket to lead the party to victory, come October 31, 2020, which has been scheduled for the senatorial bye-election in the state.