As the preparations for the 2019 Governorship elections in Cross River State continue to gain momentum, Cross Riverians across all works of life have continued to drum their support for the incumbent digital Governor, Prof. Senator Ben Ayade urging him to continue the good work he has started.
In the latest endorsement of the youthful but hardworking governor of the state, some groups of eminent personalities plying their trade in Europe and America have thrown their weight behind Ayade, insisting that the governor must be supported to complete a second term in office as the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria permits.
The group, Cross River Professionals in Europe and America, made allusions to the laudable projects that Governor Ayade has embarked upon, aimed at liberating the indigenes of the state from the jaws of unemployment and poverty and noted that it is only people who do not have the interest of Cross River indigenes at heart that would not want the governor to continue in office.
They disclosed that most of the stories reaching them from home were indications that the incumbent governor is abreast with what modern governance should be and what the yearnings of the people are. As a result, they felt that there is no need to search for a replacement for the governor who has met the aspirations of the state’s citizens.
Making reference to some of the projects Governor Ayade has embarked upon that have distinguished him from his counterparts in other states, they listed projects like the Super Highway, Deep seaport, garment factory,calabar pharmaceutical, okuku-ofum road,Ayade rice city,banana plantation, the Monorail Project,Calavegas and the fast spreading industrialisation of the state, etc.
These projects, they averred, would turn around the fortunes of the State when completed.
Spokesman of the group, Chief Udoh Etim, an engineer based in California, disclosed that the group was determined to not only give the governor moral support but was ready to also give financial support to him to ensure that nothing will hinder the desire of most Cross River indigenes of having Governor Ayade win the 2019 governorship election.
In his words “We are professionals from all works of life resident in various parts of Europe and America and we are indigenes of Cross River State. We have everything going for us here and so, it is not as if we are looking for anything from our Cross River State governor. We are not looking for contracts or appointments, no. All we are interested in is for the welfare of Cross River and the lives of our people living in the State.
“We are fully aware that the quality of leadership a state has would determine the quality of life of the people of the state. We have observed the present governor of our State, Prof. Ben Ayade and all he has tried to do in his first term in office and we have concluded that the state needs this man to complete eight years in office. He is very hard working and full of creative ideas. All he needs at this time is support from everyone in Cross River State.
“In our group, we have Cross River indigenes from all the senatorial zones and not one of us is opposing our position. We are all united in our position that Ayade is God-sent to Cross River and he must be encouraged to complete the good work that he started. We are aware that some persons in the state are against his second term but we know it is for political reasons not because the governor has not performed.
“We are here appealing to them to give their stance a second thought so that they do not become clogs in the wheel of the progress of the state. It is important for us to sound this out. Politics is not everything but the lives of the citizens of Cross River must matter to everyone, irrespective of political affiliation. This is an appeal to them to join hands and let the State emerge as a state of choice which is what Ayade is turning the state into.
Etim disclosed that very soon the group will set up a team to campaign for Ayade’s second term and called on all Cross River indigenes to join the train to coast to victory in 2019.