In a show of appreciation for the numerous developmental projects sited in their zone, elders from the Southern Senatorial District of Cross River State, have thrown their weight behind Governor Ben Ayade, urging him to seek a second term in office.
Rising from an enlarged meeting in Calabar, the state capital, which cut across party lines, the elders unanimously applauded what they described as ‘Governor Ayade’s vision to transform the state in spite of its lean resources’.
Elders at the meeting included former Health Minister, Dr. Emmanuel Nsan, former NDDC chairman, Sen. Bassey Ewa Henshaw, Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong, Architect Bassey Ndem, former state PDP Chairmen, Chief John Okon and Ntufam Ekpo Okon, Prof. Ndem Ayara and Rev. Grace Ekanem.
Others included Muri-Munene of Calabar South, Prof. Itam Ogan, Barrister Nella Rabbana (SAN), Prof. Stella Atoe.
“There couldn’t have been another occupier of the Diamond house, Calabar, for now than Governor Ben Ayade,” the elders said.
According to Nsan, “Today, hearing what Ayade has achieved within the limited resources available to us as a state, what he has tried to do to elevate the status of Cross River economically, socially and otherwise, even though, I am not a member of PDP, I will vote for him.”
The former health minister further stressed: “I now appreciate, support and see him as a man of vision, wisdom, an intellectual per excellence, a true professor and son of the soil who likes us and we like him. We cannot hold back that affection, restoration, faith and love for him.”
Raising a motion for the endorsement, Dr. Emil Inyang said: “Considering the situation of our state and cognisance of our finances, knowing that Cross River is the poorest state in Nigeria, with your performance on projects, that today you are not owing any salaries, whereas the people of Southern Senatorial District were the ones that ensured you became governor in 2015 and are patiently waiting for 2023, we hereby move and let it be moved that you go for a second tenure in 2019, with the support of this house, I so move.”