Tens of thousands of Cross Riverians from seven local government areas of Southern Senatorial District, under the umbrella of Generation Foundation, yesterday held a thank you rally in honour of the governor for his developmental achievements in three years.
Speaking on behalf of the group at a rally in Government House, Calabar, former member of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. Orok Duke said the essence of the rally was to thank Governor Ayade for his commitment to the industrialization and overall development of Cross River State as a whole and the southern senatorial district in particular.
Duke assured the governor of their overwhelming support based on the monumental achievements he has recorded in just three years of his leadership.
“Mr. Governor, be rest assured of our continuous support. This is a well done rally and we promise you that this crowd you see here, you will definitely feel their impact during the election. The crowd here is a would-be voters and we have done everything to ensure mass mobilization during the election to ensure your total victory.”
The former lawmaker particularly commended Governor Ayade for his industrialization drive and listed his various projects, many of which have been completed, with several at various stages of completion as reason for trooping out to thank and pledge their support.
He said the Southern Senatorial Zone of the state will team up with their brothers and sisters from the north and central to ensure the governor achieve a landslide come 2019 general elections.
“Your Excellency the crowd You see here consists mainly of youths of various ages that will enter all the nooks and crannies of the southern senatorial district with the aim of mobilizing eligible voters to ensure your victory.”
The group while commending the federal government for signing into Law the bill, “Not too Young to Rule”, particularly acknowledged Governor Ayade for implementing the law in the state long before it was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In his remarks, Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr. Eric Anderson, said “apart from thanking the governor, the rally is also to let him know the number of persons behind him. This is the reason for this large crowd here today.”
Responding, Ayade thanked the crowd for acknowledging his industrialization effort of his government, adding that “the South has shown me so much love. I have not done enough, I have to do more. We need capacity in governance and that is why I bring a lot of young people into government. Cross River doesn’t have money but I brought intellectual money into governance.”
Governor Ayade listed several ongoing projects in the Southern part of the state, disclosing that the social housing unit for the Bakassi internally displaced persons which his administration has completed would be commissioned in July.
Ayade, while expressing his gratitude to the group for the thank you rally, said all the projects of his administration are aimed at not only providing jobs for the citizenry, but essentially to decouple the state from the federal allocation.
The governor who revealed that the June 2018 salary would be paid next week, further said he had earlier authorized the payment for this week, but had to be prevailed by the labour unions in the state to defer it to next week.
According to him, “I would have paid salary this week but due to the intervention by labour, I will pay next week”.
The thank you rally drew participants from Akapabuyo, Odukpani, Calabar Municipal, Biase, Bakassi, Akamkpa and Calabar South Local Government Areas.