Protesters carrying anti-Ayade placards today took over the main entrance to Wadata House, headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abuja, not too long ago, with a demand that is rocking political waters in CRS..
The protesters demanded that the Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, must go and that the party should not contemplate giving him a second term ticket unless the PDP wants to lose the State.
In a petition addressed to the National Chairman of PDP, the protesters under the name, Forever Cross River led by John Offiong and Basset Ekpo Bassey, claimed that Cross River State under Ayade has not measured up to what it was under the past administrations of Donald Duke and Liyel Imoke.
They referred to the stealing of meagre state resources through ¡®high sounding, yet incomplete and dubiously misconceived projects such as the Super Highway, which has led to deforestation of the state by the governor’s brother, the Deep Sea port project, new City of Callas Vegas, Cally Air Airline, Rice city, to mention a few.
Alarm was also raised over the increasing insecurity in the state which has reached an alarming rate, they stated. The group called on the party to ensure that Ayade does not emerge as the party¡¯s candidate in the next election if they want to win the State.
Party officials who received the protesters promised to transmit their demands to the party’s national executive.
Bassey Ekpo Bassey, convener, Forever Cross River, the non partisan, non conformist group, told www.calitown.com on the line from Abuja that, “we aim to unseat Ayade given his total lack of regard for good leadership, lack of vision and terrible handling of the economy, steering the state to the precipice and total destruction.”
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