The Cross-River Government has invited all the Presidential candidates of political parties contesting in the 2019 general elections to take a week-long vacation from campaigns and participate in the annual event scheduled for the twenty-eighth of December.
The state governor, Professor Ben Ayade, disclosed this in Calabar while flagging off the third and last dry run of the 2018 Calabar carnival which has the theme `Africanism’. Ayade said that the carnival has no political or religious affiliation, adding the show is open to all.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Calabar Carnival Commission, Mr Gabe Onah, said that the carnival has become the melting pot of Africa’s hospitality.
He said that the state had sustained the hosting of the largest street party in Africa for a record 14 years, adding that it has promoted the talents of budding artists and has equally united the people of Cross River and Nigeria at large.