Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade returned to work in the state after being away for several weeks, www.calitown.com sources within government circles say. However, the governor it appears will be confronted with a few teething issues that have been brewing in his absence.
First, the governor will have to contend with members of the Cross River State House of Assembly, who are feeling shortchanged in the political scheme of things. Most of them are silently complaining that they are living from hand to mouth “…while the governor travels the world on state funds and still says he is running the state from his pocket”, as one member put it. He continues, “Look at the manual trucks that we were given as official cars, were the full option model of the truck out of stock? Was that the same vehicle the governor gave his Chief of Staff, Martin Orim and Ken Aklah? We cannot be elected and then be treated like we were selected”.
Again, most politicians in the state are of the opinion that Ayade may soon pitch tents with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. While pictures of his romance with chieftains of the party have been there for all to see, his aides argue the governor is still a PDP man. But not many of them can explain the governor’s absence at the burial of the father of former deputy governor, Efiok Cobham, held recently. “You are aware that Liyel Imoke and Efiok Cobham played critical roles in throwing up Ayade as governor, so why did he stay away from this burial but attended Awolowo’s wife burial. Is Awolow’s wife related to us in Cross River State, more than Efiok’s father?”, one source who insists he remains anonymous chipped in. “Ayade is just pursuing his APC plans and I pity all these PDP people, time is up”, he concludes
Perhaps too, investigations by www.calitown.com, show that not too many people on the streets commend the governor’s recent text spat with one Goddy Akpama. While some people have called Akpama “disrespectful and self-seeking”, a greater number of people maintain that the governor was not modest in his choice of words. “Our governor demonstrated clearly that he is yet to have the heart of man and stomach the nonsense that is often attached to the office of governor. I hope he doesn’t get into this kind of thing again and should step on his anger and text less”, one senior citizen advised.
Then, there is the issue of a CRS Executive Council, still to be constituted and sworn-in. While the CRS House of Assembly has cleared the list of Commissioner-nominees sent to her, no reasons have been advanced for why the Exco has not been constituted and it is becoming a source of worry to most Cross Riverians.
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