By Nicholas Kalu, The Nation Newspaper
A stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, Joseph Wayas Jnr, has urged Governor Ben Ayade to join them from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Wayas, in a statement made available to The Nation Newspaper, said such a switch would provide the opportunity for the State to be carried along on the national front.
He said it would also give the Governor the opportunity to deliver on his signature projects for the good of the people of the State.
“Like the magi in search of Christ, like the hunters and fishers in search of a catch, we are in a deep search toward finding Ayade the golden eaglet. Howbeit, this search is to build a trust with Ayade to consolidate on the giant strides of the APC in Nigeria and to give more opportunity to our sons and daughters to be carried along on the national front.
“The story of APC in Cross River State can be likened to the maxim that holds the saying ‘in the land of the blind, one eyed man is a king’ and this has been our story for so long a time. Our sons and daughters have constantly been removed from key and strategic positions all because we are like chicks without the mother hen, hence vulture comes and feast over us.
“We have come to the sincere realization that Cross River State APC is not looking for a man with a one eye anymore when we have a son with two eyes all working and seeing the future, we have come to the agreement that, we need a leader with the necessary disposition to re-position the State when given the right atmosphere to work.
“The All Progressives Congress is a party built to meet up to the aspirations and yearnings of Nigerians, it is a party that promotes healthy politicking, good governance and the interest of the common man at heart. Governor Ayade, you have demonstrated a deep sense of maturity as a Governor with a total new ideology of politics with ethics.
“Your Excellency, there is no other platform that will avail you the opportunity to deliver on your signature projects squarely like the APC. The APC led Federal Government has initiated and executed programs, like Trader Moni and Market Moni, that have direct bearing on the people, most especially our women and youths.
“These of course, share resemblance with your resolve of not letting any household in Cross River sleep hungry, with your food on the table mantra. More so Your Excellency Sir, your drive for Agriculture value chain consolidates with the APC led Federal Government’s drive for Agriculture, which has given impetus to the myriads of agricultural industries scattered across the State thereby putting an end to the over exaggerated oil production in the country.
“While we want to agree with you Your Excellency that the APC in Cross River State has gone through a lot in terms of crises, the leadership of your colleague Governor, His Excellency Mai Mala Buni has painstakingly addressed these issues and the party is ready to take over power so as to connect the State to the Federal Government.
“Conversely, as a concerned citizen of the State and a stakeholder in the APC I feel your leadership in the APC is most needed and will steer all tumbling waters if any and secure Cross River State the opportunity to develop without interference by internal or external factors against the collective patrimony of Cross Riverians,” the statement read in part.
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