Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Presidential Campaign rally: 10 Things APC C’River told Buhari about Ayade


Ukorebi Esien | 31 January 2019


Wednesday 30th of January, 2019 saw the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 General elections and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari visiting the state for a campaign rally targeted at convincing  Cross Riverians nay Nigerians to return him to Aso Rock Villa for a second term.


The visit was indeed a breathtaking one as there was a total shut down of economic activities and movement in some parts of the state capital, with the U.J. Esuene stadium, venue of the rally being filled to capacity as against the thoughts of many.


During the event the Ochala's led APC exco in the state used the opportunity to point out at least 10 reasons why C'Riverians don't want the Present Ayade led PDP administration to continue. While addressing the president, Sir John Ochala, APC state acting chairman noted the following points:


1.      There's a near lack of governance in the state, Cross River state has descended from being the people's paradise to imperial state. 


2.      Cross River is no longer that once acclaimed cleanest state in Nigeria, as our city have degenerated into a slump


3.      Investors have been chased out of the state has a result of irrational and multi-tax regime of the government.


4.      Pensioners are hungry and some are dying from minor aliment due to nonpayment of their pension areas and gratuity 


5.      The bailout fund given to states by the Buhari's led APC administration have been bailed out to unknown quarter


6.      The Local Government system has completely collapsed as state government have refused to conduct local Government elections


7.      None payment of  primary school teachers and Local Government  employees 


8.      The failure of this PDP government is monumental, states like Lagos, Kebi, and Ebonyi who like cross river state benefited from the Federal Government's special grants for the rice revolution programme have flooded their local market with home grown rice, ours is virtually  being abandoned  there's no trace  of home grown rice anywhere in our local market


Sir John Ochala also informed the president that these are some of the reason, there's a general sense of disenchantment with this state government, and Cross Riverians are indeed clamoring for a change.

Speasking directly to the president, the state acting chairman of the party said,

9.      "You will recall your Excellency that one of your earliest state visits at the  inception of your administration in 2015 was to cross river state; the ground breaking of a super highway project conceived by the PDP led administration in the state, government, we regret to inform you that the said superhighway has turned out to be one of the phantom projects of this administration. it is still at the ground breaking level almost three years after".




10. "There are other phony projects which the state government has used as excused travelling all over the world in the name of signing Memorandum of Understandings with nothing to show for the huge expenditures".



Recall that there have been very close romance between president Buhari and Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state which has led to several speculations such as the governor entering into a pact with Buhari to ensure he goes back for a second term on the promise that he will get 60% of the votes in Cross River state.

There is other information from grapevine sources that Governor Ayade in a bid to curry favour from Mr. President splashed a whooping 2.billon naira to the campaign organistion of president Buhari.


Ayade's unvarying and continues romance with PMB is said to be thong in the flesh of some APC bigwigs in the state, so the presidential visit of yesterday was an opportunity long sought by the state Chapter of the party to reveal some of deceptive tactics and failures of the Ayade's administration to President Buhari in a bid to rupture the relationship between the two leaders.