By Inyali Peter
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, former House of Representatives member representing Obudu/Obanliku/Bekwarra federal constituency, Mr. Paul Adah has met with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogoja in a bid to clinch the party’s gubernatorial ticket in 2018.
Mr. Adah had last weekend announced his intention to contest and become the party’s standard bearer in the 2019 general elections and on Tuesday, met with the party faithful in Ogoja where party leaders expressed excitement over his ambition.
The chapter chairman of the party, Mr. Joseph Ukpo in his remarks said that the party was pleased that Mr. Adah, an eminent leader from the north was running for the governorship election.
He called on the party faithful across the state to work in unity to remove Governor Ben Ayade in 2019 and maintained that the only thing the APC owes Cross Riverians was to ensure the Governor does not return to power in 2019.
Another chieftain, Chief Ray Morphy declared his support for Mr. Adah and described as one who has a consistent and impeccable character.
Earlier, Adah who had served as the commissioner representing Cross River State on the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission averred that it was pertinent for him to return home to officially inform his people of his intention to serve as the Governor.
“Ogoja is my home. I schooled locally in St. Ben’s Primary School and my secondary education was in Mary knoll College Ogoja before heading to University of Calabar for my first and second degrees,” Adah said, adding that: “I worked and lived in Ogoja for more than twenty years. So I decided to come home today to officially inform my people that I have offered myself for service as Governor and will do four years to complete the eight years tenure of the north.”
He continued: “I am coming out to contest this election because I believe our people deserve something better. My administration will end discrimination and segregation among appointees, restore dignity in the service, pay gratuity, leave grants, DTA and other basic entitlements.
“We will embark on serious infrastructural development. We won’t lie to our people or deceive them like what we have now. For instance, the present government wants to build a rice processing plant in Ogoja but I can tell you that it is one of the many frauds of the Ayade’s government. Ayade’s target is to produce Ayade rice from the factory. This is why there is no rice farm in the whole state despite the billions from the Federal government to support rice farming.
“I want to call on all the APC leaders and well-meaning Cross Riverians to unite and work assiduously to sweep Ayade away come 2019.”