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Political spat: Cross River youths warn Wike to steer clear of Ayade

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By Joseph Kingston, Calabar

A youth group, Cross River State Youth Success Institute (CRSYSI) has warned River state governor to stop insulting Gov Ayade and the people of the state forthwith.

The warning, they said, became necessary as a result of unguarded remarks allegedly from the River state governor against Gov Ayade, saying such utterances were indirect insults to the state and its people.

In a press statement in Calabar, Friday, and signed by the CRSYSI executive director, Awatt Ekpenyong, the youths averred that although they were apolitical and not part of the numerous appointees of government, they would not fold their arms and watch the Rivers state strongman insult Ayade and the people of the state with impunity.

 “As citizens under the umbrella of Cross River State Youth Success Institute and its allied youth organisations and stakeholders, we condemn in its entirety, the venom, arrogance and campaign of calumny unleashed by Gov Ezenwo Nyesom Wike of Rivers state on the governor of Cross River state.

“One would have ordinarily ignored Governor Wike’s public utterances but his approach is destructive and is calculated to snare the Governor, Cross River state and its people.

“Although no society is not without its peculiarity, Cross River State cannot be run through the governor of River state. He has no such authority neither has the constitution made such provision. To think otherwise tantamount to a plan of annexation and parochialism.

“Over 6,000, to say the least, especially youths, have been engaged. Entrepreneurial development and industrialisation have been another focus area of the Ayade-led administration. Wike should leave Cross River state alone. Ayade is okay for us.”

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