The people of Gabu, Yala local Government Area of Cross River Have
unanimously endorsed the Governor of the State, Senator Ben Ayade, for
2019 gubernatorial election to complete his two terms in 2023.
The people spoke through one of their son, and member, Cross River
state Community and Social Development, Rev. Festus Ojobo, at the
occasion of the official commissioning/handing over of six class room
blocks and honour/conferment of traditional title on the Chairman of
State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Barr. Dr. Stephen Odey,
at Saint Patrick’s Primary School, Gabu, Monday
Delivering of the people, Rev. Ojobo said, “There is no vacancy for
2019 for any other candidate on the platform of the People’s
democratic Party (PDP), All Progressive Congress (APC) or any other
party in 2019 gubernatorial election in Cross River. We are not
stopping other aspirants and candidates from contesting as it is their
constitutional right to do so, but what we are saying is that there is
no vacancy in Government House Calabar till 2023”.
Rev. Ojobo who was specially asked by the community to present the
position of Gabu people on the 2019 election after the address of the
community by the Ada of Gabu people at Home and in the diaspora, Chief
Theophilous Emiri, explained that their decision to support Ayade to
run for a second tenure is based on his overall performances in the
state and specifically the development attention and employment he has
given to the once neglected people of Gabu and Yache in Yala, through
the state Chairman of SUBEB, Dr. Odey.
Earlier in his address, the Ada of Gabu people at home and in the
Diasporas, Chief Theophilous Emiri, said that apart from endorsing
Ayade for second term, the occasion is the commission of the two out
of three six class room blocks by SUBEB and the honoring of Dr. Odey,
as the visit according to the traditional ruler was significant in the
community’s educational pursuit because past administrations had done
very little to succour their educational needs, employment and other
social and economic needs and development.
“But today, we are here, proud to thump our chest that a rebranded
SYBEB under the able leadership of our own Dr. Steve Odey, enhanced by
our amiable digital Governor, Senator (Prof.) Ben Ayade, a man who, by
all standard, loves education, dreams education and always want to
bequeath sound education to younger generations, has made a difference
in our educational struggle. For the first time, in the history of our
community, SUBEB, under the close watch of Dr. Steve Odey has
attracted to Gabu community, the building of three blocks of six room
each in three different primary schools located in Ajemole, Ega-Orba
and Utukpo Gabu respectively, two of which are being commissioned
today, while that of Utukpo Gabu is on-going.
All these would not have been possible if there is no political will
and support by your principal, His Excellency, the Governor, Prof. Ben
Ayade, who paved the way, encouraged and gave you his maximum support
to succeed. extend our felicitation and gratitude to His Excellency,
the governor for being there, as we pledge our total support to his
administration….Gabu as a community, staff and pupils assure you of
our commitments, cooperation and encouragement to ensure that our
children reciprocate this good gesture to take their education
Chief Emiri, on behalf of the people of Gabu people appealed that
government should provide more employment opportunity for their
teeming youths/graduates at the state and federal levels, provision of
more chairs and desks to their schools, renovation of the Junior
secondary school block at the community College , Gabu, more class
room blocks for Government Primary school, Otrukpo, Gabu that is
currently suffering from acute shortage of accommodation, continuation
of work at Saint Ignatius Primary School, Utukpo, Gabu, and the need
for the SUBEB Chairman and Hon. Regina Anyogo to contact the necessary
authority to commence remedial intervention on the Okuku-Ijegu-Gabu
road and the Okuku-Akreha-Yache/Gabu roads.
Responding, after the commissioning and the conferment of the
traditional title of “Odubor 1” (The Great Helper of his people) on
him by Chief Theophilous Emiri and his Council of Chiefs, the Chairman
of SUBEB, Dr. Stephen Odey, said that the honour and respect done on
him was not actually his but that of his principal, Governor Ayade who
provided him the platform to be in position to help them, and that it
would not have been possible to gather here if not for the magnanimity
of the governor.
Dr. Odey said that he is appreciative of what the people have done and
for also being appreciative of what Governor Ayade is using to do for
them and for the appointment and job opportunities given to their
children, adding that because they have shown appreciation over
little, much will be done to them.
The SUBEB Chairman commended them for speaking with one voice,
endorsing Ayade for 2019, justifying the fact that over the years the
people of the at axis of Yala suffered neglect but Ayade has come to
restore hope and confident to the people, and that between now and
2023 when Ayade will complete his eight years, the road leading to
Gabu would be tarred., adding he promised to provide schools in the
community with more chairs and desks, and urged them to continue to
support Senator Ayade and stand by him, give him overwhelming support
during the election and to the end of his eight years in office.
High points of the occasion was the conferment of the traditional
title of “Odubor 1” of Gabu (The Great helper of his People} on Dr.
Odey the Council of Chiefs of Gabu, Commissioning of the class room
blocks, facility tour/inspection, public defection of some APC members
to PDP and entertainment of the gathering by several traditional dance
groups from the various villages that made up Gabu.