- Top aides of Governor Ben Ayade have resigned their positions in Cross River state
- The aides resigned to contest for elective offices at the 2019 general election
- Also, some commissioners in the state and the secretary to the state government resigned their positions
Four Cross River state commisioners have resigned from their respective offices to seek elective position ahead of the 2019 general election in Nigeria.
The commissioners including that of education, Godwin Ettah; Works, Osim Arsu; commerce, Peter Egba and commissioner for new cities, George Ekpungu resigned their positions in compliance with Governor Ben Ayade's directive that all aides seeking elective offices should resign.
Vanguard reports that the commissioners resigned alongside many aides of the governor including the secretary to the state government, Tina Agbor; several other special advisers and personal assistants to the governor.
Speaking on his resignation, Ettah said on Wednesday, September 5, he would be contesting for the post of senator for the Central district of the state.
He said the purpose of his senatorial ambition is based on the need to have a humble and competent person who can deliver the dividends of effective representation to the people of the district and he fits that description.
“Most times in a contest like this, so many arguments are put forward by many aspirants just to get elected but when the wrong person gets into such position the people suffer," Ettah said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a group of protesters under the auspices of Forever Cross River, protested at the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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The protesters demanded that the party should not contemplate handing a second term ticket to Governor Ayade. The group in a petition addressed to the PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, accused Ayade of derailing Cross River state.