By Jonathan Ugbal: Government House Correspondent
The mandate of the 25 members of the Cross River State House of Assembly will be politically affected if the governor, Senator Ben Ayade loses his seat says the Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. John Lebo.
Lebo stated this Tuesday in Calabar, when he led 23 members of the House on a solidarity visit to the governor in his office to show their support following his travails in court.
“You have shown to us that you have a clear vision as a leader” Lebo said, adding that, “We have come here in solidarity to say that this is a trial of your innocence.”
“We campaigned with you in the last elections, the 25 of us, and your deputy. If anything should happen to your mandate, our mandate will also be affected politically” Lebo said.
Several members of the Assembly who spoke also pledged their support to the process with Hon. Elizabeth Ironbar who represents Akpabuyo constituency bursting into a song which was sang with so much sorority by those present.
“The hand that laid this foundation shall complete it” Ironbar said.
The Leader of the House, Hon. Moses Ucheche said the House could not join with others to welcome the governor on Friday because all members were in Enugu state said that: “We had agreed to move en masse to Abuja and block where it was necessary to block but superior advise prevailed.”
“Just like an aircraft that is experiencing bad weather, so are you also but the aircraft cruising will not stop so, remain focused” added the Chief Whip.
In his remarks, Ayade commended the show of support and described it as “A visit of comfort. I needed it like oxygen.”
Ayade promised to remain focused in the face of the court case which he has refused to comment on directly pointing out the message from Cross Riverians is “resounding and clear.”
The governor also assented to two amendment bills passed by the House: Cross River State Statistics Bureau amendment law and the Cross River State Infrastructure Safety and Regulatory Agency amendment law.
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