The acting Chairman of the Cross River State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Ochala, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari and the party’s national leadership not to listen to the antics of Governor Ben Ayade on his litigation at the Supreme Court.
Ochala gave the advice on Friday, following Ayade’s remarks that he was being persecuted by his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), because he has friendly relationship with the APC
The Supreme Court fixed December 9, 2016 for the ruling to determine his eligibility to continue to govern Cross River State.
The matter at the Supreme Court was instituted by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Joe Agi, who contested the 2015 PDP governorship primary election with Ayade.
Ochala, who dismissed the governor’s remarks, in a statement, said the governor rather persecuted the APC members in the State.
The State APC acting Chairman, who challenged the governor to show evidence of a cordial relationship with the party either at the state or national level, claimed that Ayade clamped down on his members.
He said the state government led by Governor Ayade recently sealed an FM Station and denied the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and other national leaders access to Calabar Stadium to receive Chief Clement Ebiri, Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba, Sen. Bassey Otu and others when they defected to the APC.
Ochala said, “The Cross River State government did everything in its powers to sabotage the ceremony, including false broadcast on the state owned Cross River Broadcasting Corporation….The national leadership of the party and functionaries of the federal government should be mindful of his antics against his case coming up on December 9 at the Supreme Court.”