Politician and former Deputy Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Orok Otu Duke, has maintained that “the chants of digital will soon transform into wails of pity for CRS governor, Ben Ayade. Duke also insists that: “the decibel of digital shouts is fading, by this same time next year it will disappear and Ayade will no more hear these chants and the chants will transform to wails, out of pity because the man will be heading to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.”
Duke who spoke exclusively with www.calitown.com on the heels of his refusal to decamp to the All Progressives Congress, APC, with Ayade, believes “people are looking at the properties they have acquired and quietly deciding which ones to point the anti-graft agency to.” He also came clear that “if I was a Deputy Speaker of the CRS House of Assembly in 1992, have been in prison with M.K.O Abiola for nine months, endured this ordeal and came out strong, I shouldn’t be found fretting because a man came to our party; the PDP that I helped build, luckily went to the Senate on our political platform, became governor and then moves to another political parry for pure personal reasons.”
He disclosed further that a close confidant of the governor and Chairman, CRS Forestry Commission, Tony Undiandeye, had engaged and revealed to him that the governor was sad that he did not decamp to the APC with him. To that he submits: “When he (Ayade) left for the APC, did he inform anybody? So I am suppose to just get up and follow him blindly? I was groomed in principle and seriously have no personal conviction(s) to follow him to any party.”
Concerned by several reports that the governor will use executive powers to conduct forthcoming elections in 2023, Duke pleaded that the governor “should stop bragging about bringing in a new Commissioner of Police, new Brigade Commander and other new heads of security agencies for the elections in 2023. Those of you with access to the governor should please advise him that a tiger does not profess to the entire village that it is a tiger. This state belongs to all of us and we cannot build our political legacies on violence or the promise of it.”
A source close to the governor who pleaded anonymity because “of the serious instruction that we can only talk to the press after approval”, as he put it, confirmed to us that once the governor’s media team gets approval, it will “address the issues raised by Orok Duke.”
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