The Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria, (ALGON) Cross River State chapter, Mr. Emmanuel Offiong Bassey has said that the State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade won the 2019 election in the State because of his popularity and not because of his former party the People’s Democratic Party PDP.
Hon Bassey, made the assertion while declaring officially his membership with the All Progressives Congress, APC, in his ward, Nakanda in Akpabuyo Local Government Area.
Hon. Bassey, who is also the Council Chairman of Akpabuyo Local Government, maintained that there was no family in the State the governor has not touched through his policy of keeping food on the table of every Cross Riverians.
His word, “We know how poverty has dealt with Nigerians, therefore, for a Governor to vow that no Cross Riverian, big or small, is allow to go to bed with empty stomach should be applauded. That was why the governor, on assumption of office in 2015, decided to expand his government to accommodate so many Cross Riverians.
The governor in assumption office in 2015 decided to expand his government to accommodate so many Cross Riverians across the 18 local Government areas.
According to Hon. Bassey, “PDP was only a platform for the governor”, stressing that for majority of Cross Riverians who believe in the government to move with him to the All Progressives Congress, it should not be a thing of surprise because he has shown love to the people of the State.
He added that the government of Prof. Ben Ayade had employed more young Cross Riverians than than any other administration in the history of the state.
The Council Chairman, after registering alongside his wife, said “we have formerly registered with the All Progressive Congress today which we had been longing to belong.”
He added, that the event was just to formalize their membership to be with the party, maintaining that they had moved the very day the governor moved and described the decision to join APC as a wise one.
He noted that since the administration of former Governor Clement Ebri, Mr. Donald Duke, and Senator Liyel Imoke, Cross River State had never played the opposition and that explained why Governor Ayade decided to align the State with the centre.
” This is so that the State can access every good thing that comes from the centre. I hereby call on the people of Akpabuyo to support the governor because he has genuine intention for the State”, he stated.