By Ushang Ewa
CrossRiverWatch has reliably gathered that the Cross River State Finance Commissioner, Asuquo Ekpenyong Jr, had turned down appearing on a radio program; ‘The Dialogue With Agba Jalingo’ on Hit 95.9 FM Calabar to sing karaoke in his father’s hotel, Channels View Hotel.
Mr. Ekpenyong had being invited to join the Special Adviser Budget, Mr. Moses Onoh; the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Honorable Eteng Jones; Development Expert, Pamela Braide and the Chief Economic Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade, Mr. Francis Ntamu on December 3, 2017 but “Did not return calls nor acknowledge text messages to him,”.
Co-host, Jonathan Ugbal had explained that two text messages to him on December 2, 2017 were neither acknowledged nor replied as well as several missed calls.
But, recent revelations suggests Mr. Ekpenyong Jr. was in the company of Kukere crooner, Inyanya Onoyom Mbuk aka Inyanya at the Mayfair Lounge of Channels View Hotels located at MCC road in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
The hotel belongs to Asuquo Ekpenyong Sr. the Commissioner’s father.
And, two videos posted on the same day, December 3, on the official Instagram handle of the lounge showed Mr. Ekpenyong Jr. performing Karaoke live alongside Inyanya while the second video shows them standing together and dancing.
The first video shows Mr. Ekpenyong Jr. performing ‘Kool and the Gang’ 1981 hit track ‘Get Down On It’ karaoke alongside Inyanya.
The second video shows Mr. Ekpenyong Jr. and Inyanya dancing close to what looked like a red lit wall while a Nigerian hit single which as at press time could not be verified was playing.
Governor Ben Ayade had on November 30, 2017 shocked residents and the world by presenting a budget of NGN1.3 trillion tagged; ‘Budget of Kinetic Crystallization’ and since then, none of the relevant authorities has given a breakdown of the budget while civil societies and pressure groups still ask for copies of the 2016 and 2017 budgets.
On the program, Mr. Jones attempted to explain the reason behind the budget which he quoted Mr. Ayade as saying that the budget was to cover for a period of 10 years.