AYADE DROPS BOMBSHELL: I WON’T APPOINT ANYONE OLDER THAN ME INTO MY GOVERNMENT

The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has revealed his position on the appointment of older people into his kitchen cabinet moving forward as the leader of the state. Governor Ayade who spoke to newsmen in Calabar on Thursday said he will no longer appoint people older than himself into serious positions of responsibility into his government. Ayade revealed that much while explaining why it was taking him many weeks to name his commissioners and other appointees since he was inaugurated for a second term on May 29. He…

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INEC EXCLUDED ME FROM 2019 ELECTIONS, SEN. NDOMA EGBA TELLS TRIBUNAL

Judex Okoro, Calabar Former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba has told the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Calabar that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) excluded him from the list of candidates for the February 23, 2019, National Assembly elections. Ndoma Egba disclosed this during his cross-examination by counsels to the defendants, Dr Sandy Onor, Mr Patrick Akan, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Joe Agi (SAN), and INEC’s counsel, Professor Jacob Dada. Besides, his counsel, Chief Emeka Offodile, leading 15 other lawyers, argued that his name was excluded from the result sheet…

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AYADE ORDERS FORMER AIDES TO SURRENDER OFFICIAL VEHICLES IN THEIR POSSESSION 78 HOURS

Ada Wodu, Calabar The Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade has ordered his former aides, including commissioners to surrender all the official vehicles still in their possession. A statement signed by the newly reappointed Chief of Staff to the governor, Martins Orim, made available to our correspondent, asked the aides to return the vehicles within 78 hours to avoid embarrassment. According to the statement, “All former commissioners, special advisers, special assistants and other former appointees of the Cross River State Government, including chairmen and members of commissions, boards,…

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AYADE SET TO BATTLE FG OVER SEIZED 76 OIL WELLS, PUT SANS ON ALERT

Ada Wodu, Calabar Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade Ayade has called on Senior Advocates of Nigeria from the State to be ready to fight the Federal Government in a bid to get compensation for 76 oil wells that were seized and given to Akwa Ibom State by the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The governor made the call at the main bowl of the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar while taking his oath of office for a second term along with his deputy, Professor Ivara Esu. The…

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WHY I EMPLOYED 8,000 AIDES DURING MY FIRST TERM – GOV. AYADE

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has explained why he appointed over 8,000 people as special advisers and personal assistants during his first term. Speaking in Calabar at the pre-inaugural event for his second term, Ayade said the gesture ensured that every household in all parts of the state did not go to sleep with empty stomach. “I committed myself by expanding government to ensure that at least a member of each family was represented in my government to earn salary,” he said. Read more: https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/why-i-had-8000-aides-ayade.html

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ANTS STING 2 NEW BORN BABIES TO DEATH IN CROSS RIVER

Two out of three pre-mature babies delivered at the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State have been allegedly eaten to death by ants. DAILY POST findings revealed that the mother had a pre-term labour, this was after she fought with her neighbor in their compound. An eyewitness, who gave her name as Antonia said, “When the babies were born, the Director General (DG) State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu was immediately contacted. “The DG directed that the babies and the…

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CROSS RIVER TRADITIONAL RULER, EX-POLICEMAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING 3 TRANSFORMERS

Edward Nnachi, Abakaliki The Ebonyi State Police Command, on Monday, confirmed the arrest of the traditional ruler of Ipene community in the Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State, Chief Paulinus Ogbor, and a retired police officer, identified simply as Onugh, for allegedly stealing three transformers. The spokesperson for the command, DSP Loveth Odah, told PUNCH Metro that the duo were arrested by men of the 13 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Calabar, at Unwana in the Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State on Friday, and were handed over to the…

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MANY KILLED IN EBONYI /CROSS RIVER BOUNDARY CLASH, GOVERNOR AYADE REVEALS

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State yesterday confirmed that many people were killed in what he described as a full-fledged war between the Ukelle community in the state and the Izzi community in Ebonyi State. “I received a text message that there is a full-fledged war between Cross River and Ebonyi going on right now around the Izzi, Ebonyi and Ukelle, Cross River area. Lives are being lost, they are firing and killing, even as arson is taking place there right now,”…

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AYADE SET TO OFFER OTHER GUBER CANDIDATES, CABINET POSTS

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has said he will include the two defeated APC gubernatorial candidates, Usani Usani and Senator John Owan-Enoh as well as that of SDP, Barrister Eyo Ekpo, in his cabinet. Ayade, who won a second term on the platform of the PDP, disclosed this, yesterday, in a statement issued at the end of a state security meeting in Calabar. The governor promised to run an inclusive government that will foster unity in the state. Ayade said he…

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AYADE TO HAND OVER DUBIOUSLY APPOINTED AIDES TO POLICE

Many of the over 6000 special advisers and personal assistants to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State allegedly appointed through the back door will be handed over to police for prosecution. Mr Christian Ita, the Senior Special Adviser to the governor on Media, said this in the wake of an audit exercise of all political appointees ordered by the governor. The audit was due to over bloated monthly wage bill, and strange names paraded as special advisers and assistants to the governor. Ayade in a statement signed by the…

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