Insecurity: Ayade alleges PDP celebrating foreigners’ attacks on Nigerians
By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
Few hours after the Caretaker Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River state alleged that Gov Ben Ayade was spending N2bn to woo its members to join his new party, the All Progressives Congress, (APC), the Governor has accused the opposition Party of celebrating the killing of Nigerians by foreigners.
Ayade spoke in Calabar, Thursday, during a solidarity rally organised by women, support groups and youths drawn from the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.
He said, “We all know the security challenges our country is facing, foreigners coming into our country and killing Nigerians, and all what they do is to sit down, criticize and say that the government has failed.
“You sit down and laugh in the name of playing opposition. Celebrate attack on Nigerians by foreigners shows you must be a very bad person and such character is negative and unproductive
Throwing more light on why he had to leave the PDP for APC, the Governor said, “I have no basis to move to APC because I am not running an election but the reality is that it is for the good of Cross River people especially youths. We cannot afford to continue to play opposition.
“A party is just a vehicle and I know the appropriate vehicle that will bring economic benefits to our people is APC. How can you, a minority with the lowest income be playing opposition and fighting the central government when you can sit together and negotiate to bring value to your state? With our least allocation, we need to link up with the centre to bring value to our state,” he stated.
In a veiled reference to his predecessors’ administrations, he decried what he said was a grip on the state by few individuals and a cabal, adding that he had to expand government despite inheriting a state characterized by huge challenges.
“Unlike some systems without quality programmes and direction, I decided to expand government to reduce poverty and give youths opportunities. I refused to play politics of 8 Special Advisers and 13 Commissioners. Meanwhile, all of us went out to campaign to deliver a party. After elections, a cabal takes over.”
Organiser of the rally and Director General, Migration Control Agency, Mike Abuo, in an interview, said the rally was to show solidarity and loyalty to the Governor, “who decamped from the failed PDP” adding that the youths of Cross River state were solidly behind the Governor who he said is bent on taking the state to another level.