Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has said that the state has benefited much more under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Speaking in Calabar, Ayade said though the president was a Muslim and from the North of the country, he had shown practical interest in Cross River which was governed by a PDP governor. He said the state got key federal appointments courtesy of President Buhari.
Ayade said, “Never in the history of Nigerian politics has Cross River State benefited this much from the gale of appointments that have come to us. Head of Service of the Federation, Auditor General of the Federation, federal Permanent Secretary (Information), Chairman NDDC. We also have Minister of Niger Delta, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief Justice of Nigeria, the list is endless. We have never had it this good.
“The president is from the northern part of Nigeria while Cross River is in the south. This is a president who is an APC member while Cross River is a PDP state…This is a man who did not look at all biases and made a choice of Cross River State as the first state to perform his first working visit; this is unprecedented,” Ayade said.
Urging Nigerians to work in tandem with President Buhari’s “deep vision for the citizenry,” Ayade said, “work with full loyalty and support for Mr President to continue to do the good job he is doing. “You have an opportunity to reduce hunger; we cannot leave it for the president alone. The pressure he’s come under is occasioned by the poverty in the land,” he added.