The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday chose a former Channels Television staffer, Ms. Emana Ambrose-Amawhe, as its candidate for Deputy Governor in Cross River State.
PDP gubernatorial candidate in the state, Senator Sandy Onor, who unveiled Ambrose-Amawhe, at the party secretariat in Calabar, said the selection of the former broadcaster followed careful consultations with all party stakeholders in the state.
He described the decision to cast the woman as a “double barrel proposition” due to her youth and gender.
Onor said, “In making the decision, there was no segment of the party that was not reached; men, women, youth and leaders.
“We came to the conclusion that it was necessary to increase our chances and also strengthen our ticket. If you are a politician, you will know that you cannot mobilize without women.
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“Since Cecilia Ekpeyong’s time as deputy governor here, we haven’t coached women. So we came to the conclusion that we need to train our women again.
“To put it simply, all the men are qualified enough but we thought we shouldn’t be selfish. Women can’t just be presidents all the time; they must be given a place of choice.
“We need a double-barrel proposition, a woman who can appeal to young people, a mother, a visionary and deep intelligence who will be determined to work to change Cross River for good.
“We found all of these qualities in Ambrose-Amawhe. She has momentum, vision and character. She’s a woman of a double-barrel proposition.
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