No fewer than 200 political and grassroot support groups have on Friday vowed to return Senator (Prof.) Ben Ayade for a second term in office. The decision was made known in a meeting of PDP Support Groups which took place at the Transcorp Metropolitan Hotel, Calabar, and was attended by the directors-general of different political groups across the 18 local government areas of the state.
The vow which came through a unanimous resolution adopted by the directors-general of the groups, was facilitated by the special assistant to the governor on youth mobilization and director-general, Cross River State Political Network, CRISPON, Prince Michael Nku Abu.
In his opening remarks, Prince Michael Abuo stated that governor Ben Ayade’s performance in the past three years in office has endeared him to the people who have come out enmass to openly declare their support for his re-election even when money was not given to them to influence their decision. He expressed gratitude to the various groups who took it upon themselves to campaign for the governor’s second term bid, stressing that their sacrifices and commitments to the Ayade’s course would not go unnoticed. He however apologized to the large audience for the unavoidable absence of the governor who would have loved to be present in the gathering and address them personally.
Some of the DGs who spoke at the event expressed delight for the opportunity of coming together to rally round the governor and strategize on how to achieve their common goal, which is to ensure Ayade’s re-election for a second term. They lauded the current administration for the gigant strides recorded in the areas of industrialization, job creation, health and infrastructural development. These, according to them, “have endeared the governor to the generality of the people who are eager to see him return for a second term to continue with the good works started thus far.”
They described their endorsement of Prof. Ben Ayade’s second term bid as the wishes of Cross Riverians, since the groups cut across all the local government areas in the state. The groups’ leaders and their coordinators however expressed dissatisfaction with voters turnout in the last Saturday’s presidential and parliamentary elections, noting that out of the 1.5million registered voters, only a negligible 25 per cent of that number actually voted in the elections. They pledged to redouble their efforts in getting more people to come out and vote in the March 9 governorship and state house of assembly poll.
The motion of endorsement of Senator (Prof.) Ben Ayade was moved by Engr David Obun of CRIFAA and seconded by Mr Johnson Oshega Abang.
Among the 200 groups that endorsed Ayade are: Team Ayade, Hope for New Nigeria, Digital Movement Group for Ayade, PDP Umbrella Ambassadors. Others are: Oasis of Ayade, CRISPON and many more.