Thursday, 6 January 2022

N100b Scandal: Ayade Replies PDP, Ropes Imoke, says PDP has Morphed into a Tower of Babel

As the 2023 General Elections approaches, politicians are beginning to be dagger drawn against each other with political parties leading the words battle. 

This is not far from recent happenings in Cross River State where the opposition party the People's Democratic Party has been constantly on the neck of Governor Ben Ayade, on the other hand, the governor and his team have also been equal to the task of following up with counter attacks. 

Recently there were grave revelations by an online based news platform - pointblanknews.com of fraudulent financial activities by the Cross River State Government running to the tune of N100b, the news handle alleged that the transactions where made possible through the help of three private companies and some family members, close relatives and allies of the governor. 

In reacting to the allegations, the PDP had put out a set of posers for the governor while threatening to petition Governor Ayade over the allegations by Pointblanknews.com. In a swift response Ayade through his Media aides took a swipe on the PDP while attempting to puncture the allegations by Pointblanknews.com. 


In an attempt to exonerate himself from the allegations the governor roped in his predecessor, Sen. Liyel Imoke in some of the fraudulent transactions. 

"Had the PDP not been steeped in intellectual lethargy, it would have saved itself the odium of self-indictment by having the presence of mind to realise that the dates the beleaguered party and pointblanknews bandied about as regards to when the alleged sleaze took place fell exactly within the period its chieftains were in charge of the state. 
For example, the PDP and its partner in fabrication, Pointblanknews, alleged that Ayade was a beneficiary of an alleged 10 million naira drawn with a counter cheque from Hally Brown International Ltd in Zenith Bank on April 9, 2015. 
The question the party failed to answer is, was Ayade governor in April 2015? 
Again, the alleged transactions between March 2 and 28, 2015 which the PDP suspected to be money laundering, is another clinical example of self-indictment: Ayade was not governor in March 2015. A PDP governor was still sitting in office. The party owes Cross Riverians details of the said transactions." Ayade's statement reads in part. Thus accusing Sen. Liyel Imoke of carrying out those transactions. 


Ayade further exposed that the said investigation carried out by Pointblanknews.com was an existing petition written against him since june last which has been cleared, while accusing the PDP of intellectual laziness and not capable of identifying several loopholes in the said document it is promoting. He told the party to rather concentrate in unifying its fold which is a the verge of collapsing just like the tower of Babel due to divergent views and opinion as a result of it resolve to kick against zoning. 
"For a party that has literally morphed into a tower of Babel, with members at variance with one another over issues of justice, equity and fairness, its preoccupation at this point in time should not be about vending falsehood, but addressing the aforementioned concerns." He said. 



Ayade's statement reads in full:

PDP shameless rehash of falsehood

The Peoples Democratic Party cannot cease wallowing in self-adulation. An archetypical copycat, in its haste to regurgitate, it failed to recognize how unwittingly the same online portal, Pointblanknews, had indicted its chieftains who presided over the affairs of the state as governors during the period in focus.

To underscore the party's shallowness, which reinforces it laziness to engage in thorough research, it made no pretence in aping exactly the inconsistencies of a news platform that is grossly deficit in integrity and objectivity. It is no surprise then that the party could lend itself to what could best be described as a by-product of beer palour gossip.

But having excited itself by investing its time in lifting the trash pointblanknews had passed off as investigative report, it will be pertinent to expose how patently flawed the PDP is in its attempt to discredit the governor, Senator Ben Ayade.

Pointblanknews, in executing its hatchet job, had failed to do due diligence by pushing gossip to the public space as a scoop, which the PDP in Cross River now latches onto as its feeding frenzy. 
While it seeks to deflect attention from the myriads of problems confronting it as a party, such as the zoning controversy, lack of cohesion as well as morphing into a puppet of an offshore godfather, truth  is, what Pointblanknews and PDP are passing off as an 'investigative report', is nothing but a vapid and worthless piece of empty petition authored by the same self-destruct party that has been flying around since July last year and which responsible news media consigned to the trashcan because of irreconcilable inconsistencies therein.  


Had the PDP not been steeped in intellectual lethargy, it would have saved itself the odium of self-indictment by having the presence of mind to realise that the dates the beleaguered party and pointblanknews bandied about as regards to when the alleged sleaze took place fell exactly within the period its chieftains were in charge of the state. 
For example, the PDP and its partner in fabrication, Pointblanknews, alleged that Ayade was a beneficiary of an alleged 10 million naira drawn with a counter cheque from Hally Brown International Ltd in Zenith Bank on April 9, 2015. 


The question the party failed to answer is, was Ayade governor in April 2015? 
Again, the alleged transactions between March 2 and 28, 2015 which the PDP suspected to be money laundering, is another clinical example of self-indictment: Ayade was not governor in March 2015. A PDP governor was still sitting in office. The party owes Cross Riverians details of the said transactions.  



On Leophina Works Ltd, the PDP should ordinarily bury its head in shame. It should, however, explain to Cross Riverians who, between 2007 and May 2015 awarded a contract to construct the current office block housing the State House of Assembly members and which company was the beneficiary of the contract. 


We have always known that the PDP and its coven of clowns are adept at copy and paste as they lack the vigour of rigorous research. How it got to this low in advertising raw ignorance on a scale it did with the Pointblanknews hogwash beats the imagination.


A further reinforcement of PDP's sloth is its ignorance or mischief at peddling falsehood about revenue allocations to states which are published religiously. A thorough research would have saved the party the embarrassment of not realising that between May 2015 and December 31st, 2021, Cross River's net statutory allocation stood at about 115 billion naira. So, if 100 billion was allegedly stolen, how was the state able to execute projects, clear pensions, pay salaries and meet other financial obligations?



When the PDP keeps making references to workers retiring and not getting their pensions, it forgets so soon that when Ayade came on May 29, 2015, Cross River was in default of about three years of gratuities and pensions.


Against this backdrop, therefore, we advise the party not to forget the age-long wise counsel: He who lives in a glass house should not hurl stones.
Rather than dissipate energy trying to impeach the character of Governor Ayade and his government, as a civil and serious minded government, we like to urge the PDP to concentrate on solving the hydra-headed and multi-faceted problems in its fold, namely: the abnegation of its zoning principle which is clearly entrenched in the party constitution, but is threatening to tear it apart, the internecine wrangling within its fold and how to abate the fast depletion of members.




For a party that has literally morphed into a tower of Babel, with members at variance with one another over issues of justice, equity and fairness, its preoccupation at this point in time should not be about vending falsehood, but addressing the aforementioned concerns.


Linus Obogo
Deputy Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ayade



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