by crossriverwatch admin
Yesterday, Sunday January 4, 2015, a truck delivered 400 10kg bags of rice at the Mega Hilton Hotel in Obudu. The bags of rice were part of the contribution from an Abuja based businessman, Mr. Arikpo Ettah Jr. to the 2015 governorship campaign of the PDP flag bearer, Senator Ben Ayade.
Mr. Etta, a Cross Riverian from Yakurr LGA told CrossRiverWatch in Abuja that he is fascinated by the emergence of Ayade as the PDP flag bearer and will make his own personal contribution even beyond the bags of rice to ensure that Ayade becomes governor in 2015.
He said his confidence in the PDP flag bearer was not just because age was still on his side but also because he has always seen Ayade as someone with modern and progressive ideas and a people centered philosophy.
“Ayade is still young. He has modern ideas and from some of the programs he has done in the northern part of the state, it is clear that he thinks about the poor. I am confident that he has sufficient education, experience and the capacity to drive development in our state. I am not making this donation in anticipation of profit, I am doing this as a Cross Riverian who wants to support change and the aspiration of our people for a better Cross River under the leadership of a competent manager who we have found in Ayade.”
He congratulated all those who contested the ticket with Ayade, particularly Prince Jedy Agba for having the courage to step down for the Senator.
“I want to congratulate all those who contested the PDP ticket with Ayade and in particular, another man I admire so much, Prince Goddy Jedy Agba who recently announced that he will be supporting Ayade, for having the courage to take that decision. Posterity will remember him as the man who made it possible for the north to produce the governor.”
Senator Ayade in a telephone chat with CrossRiverWatch thanked Mr. Arikpo for the gesture and promised that he will not disappoint Cross Riverians if elected governor.
“Though I have never met nor know the person making the donation, I want to thank him for his kind gesture and contribution. I want to assure him as well as all other Cross Riverians that if I am elected governor of our state, I will not disappoint them. We will work hard to meet their just expectations.”
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