Ayade doesn’t need to campaign in Yakurr, he’s got the votes already-Obol Lopon


The Obol Lopon of Ugep, Obol Ofem Obongha, has declared that the March 2, governorship election is a no contest for the incumbent governor, Senator Ben Ayade, given his record of achievements in just three and a half years.
Accordingly, he said there was no need for Ayade to campaign, but rather to roll out drums and start celebrating his return to Government House, Calabar.
Obol Obongha stated this, Tuesday, at his Umor Otutu palace, Ugep, Yarkurr Local Government Area of Cross River State, when the governor paid him homage to solicit the support of the people ahead the forthcoming governorship election.
“We are not here for campaigns but to celebrate our governor. Ayade is not a politician because politicians don’t keep to their words. Our governor here has passion for his people and each time he says he wants to do a particular thing, he ensures he does it and does it well,” the royal father explained.
According to the monarch, “Ayade has restored peace through the strengthening of security in the community. He has also ensured that the Institute of Technology and Management (ITM- Ugep) is back in full swing.”
Other achievements recorded, according to Obol Lopon included “employment of over 600 workers into the Ugep Urban Development Authority, asphalted the Ikpaka pit road and like he also promised, today, he has brought electricity to Ugep.”
Obol Obongha further added: “The generators you brought to Ugep are superior to what we used to enjoy as NEPA, not excluding the number of our sons and daughters you have offered appointments. We have not had it so good like this. Truly, the governor has given us a sense of belonging.”
On how the governor was able to achieve these feats in spite of the lean federal allocation and without any indebtedness, the Obol Lopon intimated that “President Buhari was even surprised about how you do all these after his two visits to this state to see the giant strides on ground, so, I ask, what is the magic?”
Continuing, the royal father maintained: “If I was not a traditional ruler, I would mount the podium and tell the people to vote for Ayade, he must repeat because in my life, I believe in celebrating greatness and this is a great man,” adding that “this is payback time and we must pay him back by returning him to office.”
Earlier, Governor Ayade informed the monarch that he was in his territory to pay homage as well as solicit support from the Yarkurr people as the forthcoming general election draws near.

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