- Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state appealed to his rivals in the 2019 governorship election in the state to withdraw their petitions
- Ayade urged his rivals to emulate their counterparts in Enugu state who withdrew their cases against Governor Ifeanyi Igwuanyi
- The main contenders are Senator John Owan-Enoh and the minister of Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Usani of the APC
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has allegedly begged petitioners challenging his re-election at the March 9, 2109 governorship election to drop their complaints.
According to The Guardian, Ayade made the appeal during the pre-inaugural thanksgiving service at St. Charles’s Lwanga Catholic Church in Calabar.
He reportedly pleaded with his rivals toe the path of politicians in Enugu state who withdrew their cases against Governor Ifeanyi Igwuanyi in deference to their Christian faith.
A statement from the governor’s office quoted Ayade as saying: “The main contending parties in the tribunal are Catholics and I believe that the leadership of the Catholic Church in Cross River State has a duty to call us to a roundtable and settle the case.
“For me as a Catholic, I have extended my hand of fellowship and will never bear any grudges against anyone for what ever reason arising from the election or any other matter.”
The main contenders are Senator John Owan-Enoh and the minister of Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Usani of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that workers in Cross River protested on Wednesday, May 1, over the payment of their May salary on the first day of the month by the state governor.
The workers expressed reservations that Governor Ayade paid their May salaries in advance just like he had always done since he assumed office.
The state chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Clarkson Otu, told journalists that the workers and the leadership of labour were unhappy over the early payment of salary.
The report quoted the labour leader as saying even though the government means well, the union was not happy with the situation.
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