Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Widows have unanimously endorsed Governor Ben Ayade for a second term in office.
Making this known was the Chairperson Widows Association of CRS, Elder Mrs Grace Otu, who commended the efforts of Gov Ayade in transforming the state to one of the best states in Nigeria in terms of infrastructural development.
“We sincerely thank Professor Ayade for thinking it wise to support a widow in the recently concluded bye election in Obudu. The election of a widow to take over the seat of her late husband at the State House of Assembly is the first and most compassionate step to be taken by any Governor,moreso the widow represents the Governor’s state constituency.”this means laws will be made to favour cross River state Widows which will in turn wipe off their tears
” Today, we have one of us who truly understands our plight and will ensure that our interests is dully protected at all times and in appreciation to this mark of honour to widows, we the entire widows numbering over ten thousand in the state hereby publicly declare our support for the second term bid of our Digital Governor to enable him complete the good works he has started.”
In the same vein, the Commissioner for women affairs, Hon. Stella Odey thanked the people of Obudu for being so kind and sensitive to the plight of Widows by voting for mrs Abbeh Ukpukpen at the last bye-elections and appealed for further support and guidance to enable her carry out her duties effectively.
Hon Odey also commended Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade for remaining an exemplary leader with an extremely kind heart to have appointed a widow for the first time in Cross River state to coordinate the affairs of Widows in his Administration as personal Assistant to the Governor on widows affairs mrs Imelda Alexis Asikpo
“Ayade is a governor with a compassionate heart for the less privileged” who is always seeking ways to better the lots of widows across the state through initiation of several empowerment programmes. These initiatives and programmes have transformed many widows lives which he passionately does ,not because he has so much but because he cares enough. The commissioner also drew attention of over two hundred widows present to the fact that Governor Ayade appointed over four thousand persons who he faithfully pays salaries monthly and has helped to put food on their Tables thereby reducing the effect of poverty in the state.Hon Odey also thanked the Governor for deliberately building a world class Garment factory with ninety eight percent of its workforce being widows.The commissioner concluded by saying that she and all the women of cross River state remain eternally grateful to the Governor and pledge to support him enormously in 2019 inorder to continue to enjoy his benevolence.She therefore called on other state Governors and political leaders to emulate Senator Professor Ben Ayade by encouraging the vulnerables when given the opportunities
More so, PA Widows affairs stated that: “I thank His excellency the Governor of cross river state, Sen prof Ben Ayade for creating the office of widows affairs which is a liaison between the Governor and widows.
“I will make sure all programs of Widows are well implemented to enable the widows benefit maximally.She reassured the Widows of his excellency’s avowed commitment to their plight which has started unfolding through the building of Garment factory,widows Empowerment etc.The PA Widows concluded with a big thank you to the Governor unbehalf of the Widows for his kind gestures