Cross River: More appointees resign, cite inability to leave PDP
By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
Following the exit of some Commissioners from Governor Ben Ayade’s administration in Cross River State, last week, two special dvisers have resigned their appointment citing inability to leave the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to APC alongside the governor as their reason.
This came few days after Gov Ayade sacked four Commissioners and four Special Advisers, although two of those “sacked” had earlier resigned their appointment before they were relieved of their duties over refusal to join APC.
Towing similar line, Hon Mark Obi, who was Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Cecil Ita, Director General of Urban Renewal Commission (South), sent in their resignation letters.
Obi, in his resignation letter, which was made available to our reporter, in Calabar, on Monday, said, “Following recent happenings in the political alignment of the State Governor, I am persuaded to review my involvement in the current state administration.
“Consequently, being a founding and subsisting member of the People’s Democratic Party in Cross River State, I cannot in good conscience, remain in my current appointment
as Special Adviser. I hereby resign my appointment as Special Adviser, effective immediately.
“I am grateful to Your Excellency for finding me worthy to serve the state in the said capacity. Nevertheless, I will continue to support the state and government in any way possible as a stakeholder and senior citizen. Please accept my best regards.”
On his part, Cecil said, “Please accept this letter as formal notice of my resignation as a Director General, Urban Renewal Commission (South). After a period of consideration, I have decided to remain with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).”
Unconfirmed reports say more appointees and die-hard PDP loyalists in the pa