Thursday, 29 April 2021

Explosion: What Sandy Onor said about Ayade's aide will get you thinking

As the fight for the soul of the People's Democratic Party, PDP in Cross River State drags on with several appointees of government being fingered by those in the governor's camp to either be supportive of or sympathetic with members of the National Assembly from the State otherwise known as "Team Authentic", the Senator representing Cross River Central Senatorial District, Sen. Sandy Onor has disclosed where the loyalty of one of Ayade's Commissioners, Asu Okang lies.

Speaking recently in Calabar during the 40th birthday celebration of Asu Okang, Cross River State's Commissioner for Information, the lawmaker revealed that his relationship with the Commissioner hasn't in anyway sway Asu's loyalty from his principal, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State.

In his words, "my relationship with Asu Okang have not in any way affected his loyalty to his principal. Severally he has told me, Sir, I am first loyal to my principal who found me worthy and gave me a platform to explore. He once told me, if you were the governor of Cross River State in 2015, you wouldn't have found me worthy to be a commissioner. As bold and audacious as that statement was, it was simply the truth and I admitted it." Sandy hinted.

Continuing, the lawmaker said, "Let me however make this known that Asu had always said to me, the fact that my loyalty is absolutely on the table of governor Ben Ayade, nobody will push me to insult you. And on many occasions I will say to him, if Insulting me will make you consolidate your position in government, please go ahead and insult me, I am in politics and I know that being in politics means being in the public. So you can go ahead and insult me. But he will reply saying, so long as you remain as calm and calculated and the original caterpillar that you are and you are not pouring negative stuff on my principal, I will not insult you".

The eloquent member of the Red Chambers of the National Assembly who was speaking to the jeering of the crowd further added that Asu had been a young man who he had watched grow and feels so proud of his achievements in such a short period.

Earlier on, Okang who is an only child of the mother had expressed gratitude to God for a life of speed and early accomplishments.

"For me it's been a life of speed, God has been faithful and He has seen me through, I graduated from school at a very young age, moved into my personal house in my 30's and at 33 I was appointed a commissioner and later returned back in Governor Ben Ayade's second term". He said.

Thanking his mother for being a support, Okang said "God has really been faithful and its been quite remarkable. I am excited, I am elated. I will like to use this opportunity to also thank my mother. She has been so supportive, always been there for me, she could sacrifice anything for my sake. I mean she could give up anything. That's why the last one year when she was very sick, getting to the point of having an amputation. It was very very difficult for me. But coming out of it I give God the glory.

Asu Okang poses for a photograph 

Stella Asu Okang 

"Let me also acknowledge my wife, Stella, she's a Pillar of support. Very fundamentally, on behalf of my family, I thank Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade His Excellency the governor for giving us the platform for us to explore." He concluded.

The event had some members of the National Assembly from Cross River State and several government appointees, members of the political class of the People's Democratic Party extraction as well as other party men, friends, family members and well wishers in attendance.

TDN, gathered that the Commissioner who was said to be a member of the Governor's kitchen cabinet was latter pushed out owing to rumors of his support for Sen. Sandy Onor who is allegedly leading the campaign to take over the party structure from the governor.

Sources familiar with the development informed TDN that Asu who was almost denied a second term commissionership slot was denied his salary and other benefits for about one a year. But in December last year, he was reinstated with all his entitlements paid in full.

Those who attended the birthday believe Senator Onor used Okang's birthday to send a message across to the Governor that despite his closeness with Asu Okang, the commissioner still loyal to and recognizes the governor as the person who brought him to political limelight and can not betray him.