By CrossRiverWatch admin
Governor of Cross River State, Senator Ben Ayade, on Wednesday drove out and left behind Executive Chairmen of the 18 LGAs and state officials of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, who had called in his office to see him.
CrossRiverWatch learnt that, having shelved a planned protest to the PDP office in Calabar two week ago, the Local Councils chairmen decided to come to Calabar to complain to the governor about not getting their monthly allocations and the fact that the LGs cannot meet their wage bill.
It will be recalled that last month, Councillors in the state stormed the PDP secretariat in Calabar to complain of the failure of the council chairmen to pay them their statutory entitlements for several months.
The Chairmen also wanted to hold their own protest but were prevailed upon to shelve it and find alternative ways of dealing with the prolonged non-payment which is why they choose to have audience with the governor.
But the chairmen were said to have waited in vain for hours and the Governor drove out for another assignment leaving them to disperse after learning the governor was not returning to the office.
But Christian Ita, Chief Press Secretary to the governor said the governor did not snub anyone. He said the governor had to meet up with another serious state assignment somewhere else and that is why he left the office.”
One of the Chairmen who spoke with CrossRiverWatch but pleaded not to be named, said it was unfair for the governor to leave them seated and drive out as if they don’t matter. “I don’t think this is fair. There are several issues we are struggling with as LG chairman that require the attention of His Excellency and to think that he knows that the 18 of us have been waiting for him and he drives out is really not fair.”
Ita said the governor had excused himself from the meeting because he had to meet up with another very serious state assignment.
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