Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Thousands rally in Calabar for Ayade


Tens of thousands of  Cross  Riverians  from  the 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 Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly,  Rt. 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 Run", 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 the 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.