Re-election: Cross River’s Ayade says no friend or foe; its back to industrialization


Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River State who won re-election has said as far as he is concerned, the elections did not throw up friends or foes, APC or PDP. To him, the state is one and industrialization is the only thing in his mind, not political parties. He said his re-election is victory for his achievements in the first term.


Ayade who urged the people to unite and join him in fixing the state, said his philosophy of politics with ethics abhors keeping political enemies. “I don’t have a friend in PDP and an enemy in APC”.

The governor who spoke to journalists at the Calachicka chicken processing plant in Calabar during an inspection tour of the factory explained that he felt challenged by his victory, saying it was the reason he hit the ground running by embarking on project inspections few hours after being declared winner.

“Election has come and gone and the task of rebuilding Cross River must continue; it must not be paused by election victory. That is why a few hours after being declared winner, I am here, under the blazing sun, inspecting on-going projects. Of course, this is Calachika chicken processing plant,” the governor said.

Thanking the people of Cross River for re-electing him on the basis of his achievements in office, Ayade said it would have been strange if he had lost the election. “A governor that does not owe salaries, that lifted embargo on employment, expanded government by appointing 8,000 people into office; a governor that has industrialised the state, why wouldn’t such a governor be re-elected? I won in all polling units. It has never happened in the history of Cross River,” he further stated.

Governor Ayade urged Cross Riverians to unite and join him in fixing the state, saying his philosophy of politics with ethics abhors making or keeping political enemies. “I see all Cross Riverians as one.”

On the Super highway and the Bakassi Deep Seaport, the re-elected governor described the two as key economic projects of his administration that must be realised and called on the federal government to show keen interest in them. According to him, the Bakassi Deep Seaport is key to the economic growth of Northern Nigeria as the port, when completed, will bring the North closer to the Atlantic Ocean than Lagos does. Gov Ayade disclosed that the five South East states have already keyed into the project.