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Ayade’s Aide, APC Coalition fight over governor’s largesse

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The Coalition of APC Support Groups in Nigeria, Cross River state chapter and the Director General, Migration Control Services Agency, Prince Michael Nku Abuo, are at each other’s throat over the N5million largesse given by Governor Ben Ayade during a solidarity rally in Calabar at the weekend.

The Chairman of the Coalition, Elder Iso Bassey, in a statement in Calabar, alleged that Prince Abuo short-changing attendees during the sharing of the N5 million largese, giving a paltry N75,000 for more than 5000 APC youths who attended the event.

He said “the event was chaired by Prince Michael Nku Abuo who is yet to register as an APC member and the solidarity rally was to encourage his colleagues (appointees) and more members of PDP and to join the All Progressives Congress, APC.

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“We had several meetings and the D-Day came where we had good number of APC Support groups/members and the People he brought.

“His Excellency kindly added that N5million would be released for our entertainment, immediately after the pronouncement, Michael Abuo disappeared from the Place.

“Michael Abuo released N75, 000 to my group of more than 370 People who came directly behind me. I have not set my eyes on Michael Abuo till now. The Coalition is currently looking for Michael Abuo who is still on the run.”

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In his reaction, Prince Abuo said the rally “was not for pecuniary gains, but primarily for those defecting from PDP to the APC.”

He explained that “After His Excellency address and the sum of N5 million given for refreshment for over 5000 persons. I got funds for those I brought just like my co-Chairman. All who were verified and came under Iso Edim were 76 and funds were given to him.

“From the said funds other accumulated expenses was paid off like security bills, drummers and trumpeters, the traditional dancers, FJ, media coverage as outstanding bills for refreshments.”

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He denied absconding with the said cash, adding that officials of government were directly involved in disbursement right within the government office, same day.

By Joseph Kingston, Calabar

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