Godswill Edward, son-in-law of former President Goodluck Jonathan, has indicated interest to contest in the 2023 governorship election in Cross River on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Edward, who is currently the special adviser on sports and cinematography to Governor Ben Ayade, told NAN in an interview on Thursday that he wants to contest for the governorship seat to consolidate on the gains of tourism, rural transformation and industrialisation in the state.
According to him, former governors Donald Duke and Liyel Imoke uplifted the state through tourism and rural transformation, while Ayade came up with the agenda to industrialise the state.
“It is on that basis that I am running for governor, to consolidate on the gains of tourism, rural transformation and industrialization,” Edward said.
“My agenda is to consolidate; let us get what our leaders have done and built over time for the good and growth of the state. Let us consolidate on People, Policy and Infrastructure with a view to getting Cross River working. We need to look at all of these and build the confidence of our investors to grow the state.”
Edward added that he does not believe in the zoning of power, pointing out that the field should be open for all aspirants to show their competence and capacity by convincing the people of what they have to offer them.
“We need to raise leaders who are statesmen to lead the state and leaders who are nationalists to unite Nigeria.
“Power should not be restricted to any region for now. I am a Cross Riverian and I am running for the governorship of the state, not for a particular section,” he maintained.
Edward promised to revive the tourism sector of the state by ensuring that Cross River receives the highest level of tourism flow.