Tuesday, 30 June 2020

C'River North by-election: Frank Ayade might just be the next Senator

Dr. Frank Ayade 

By: Lukman Olabiyi

According to news story published be Sunonline.com, brother to the incumbent governor of Cross River State might be on his way to the National Assembly all things been equal. 

The story has it that a sociopolitical group known as Youth Vanguard for Good Governance, has thrown its weight behind Frank Ayade who happens to be the biological brother of the sitting governor, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade for the Cross Rivers Northern Senatorial by-election.

The group made the call in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Bassey Akpan who said their support for Frank is not unconnected with the fact that the Ayade family is tested and trusted in terms of leadership.

He insisted that there is nothing wrong having a governor and a senator from the same family, arguing that John Kennedy and siblings had occupied strategic positions in the American government without anyone raising an eyebrow.

He also cited the case of former president of the United States of America, George Bush and his sons, who equally occupied top political positions in that country.

He described Ayade as a grassroots politician, who has proved his sagacity as the engine room of Cross River government by virtue of his activities.

"We, members of Youth Vanguard for Good Governance wish to declare our support for the younger brother of the governor of Cross River State, Frank.

"He is the one that can fill the vacuum created by the death of Oko in March," the group said.

Recall that the senator representing Cross Rivers North, Rose Oko, died in March, thereby creating room for a by-election to fill the vacuum.