By Abasi Ita, Calabar
The governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party PDP in Cross River State, Senator Sandy Onor says a vote for the PDP in the 2023 elections will checkmate the emergence of charlatans who lacks concrete vision or mission in public offices other than pilfering the treasury and inflicting pains on the masses.
Senator Onor who spoke during an unscheduled visit to the Hausa community in Calabar over the Bikers Carnival tragedy described the deaths of their loved ones as an unfortunate and painful episode which could have been averted by a pragmatic government.
The PDP governorship flag bearer who represents Cross River Central in the Senate attributed the calamity to the brazen ineptitude on display by the All Progressives Party APC-led government in the state headed by Governor Ben Ayade
He stated that “We are saddened by this unfortunate event and more so we know how Calabar Carnival used to be, by God’s grace we must put a stop to this kind of sad news, going forward we must ensure the right person is voted in 2023 to usher in the positive things we are clamouring for from government. The lives of our people matter to us’
According to him”the government is trying hard to shift the blame to the Police, how can a responsible government organised a Bikers Carnival and allow rickety cars to join the race? And the whole stuff was done without necessary precautionary measures or inputs from the Police, Federal Road Safety Commission or the Medical Sector? We must stop this trash”
” We must ensure we mobilize our people to use their Permanent Voter’s Card PVC and put an end to the current shenanigans in the state. Let’s shove aside ethnic sentiments and vote for competence, capacity, sincerity, and experience, our antecedents in PDP attest to this fact”
In his remarks, the Head of the Hausa Community known as Seriki Hausa, Alhaji Garuba Lawan lauded the PDP governorship candidate for the visit and the cash donation to address the hospital bills assuring that they would do the needful during the elections.
Onor had earlier visited the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital UCTH and The Naval Reference Hospital where most of the victims are receiving treatment. Over 10 persons lost their lives while about 30 sustained various degrees of injuries during the Bikers Carnival when a Toyota Camry car on parade lost
control and rammed into a crowd of spectators