PDP group hits out at Ayade for prolonged absence from southern governor’s forum meeting and tacit support for open grazing – The Sun Nigeria
From Judex Okoro, Calabar
Cross River PDP Renaissance Group, has taken a hit with Governor Ben Ayade’s continued absence from
Meeting of the Southern Governors’ Forum and its tacit support for open cow grazing.
The group also disapproves of the Ayade-led administration’s alleged plot to sell more than forty government-owned assets, including the garment factory, cocoa processing plant and Obudu International Airport, allegedly to his friends and agents in the name of privatization.
The group, in a statement made available to reporters shortly after its meeting held in Calabar on Friday, and signed by Rt Hon Efa Esua, representing the Municipality of Calabar in the State Assembly House and Comrade Asu Okang, the former Information and Guidance Commissioner, and various other key party actors, decried the governor’s frequent trips, which they said had no direct impact on the state’s economy in terms of attracting foreign direct investment to the state.
They called the desperate measures taken by the government to silence the voice of the opposition in the state unfortunate, as evidenced by the end of statutory allowances for PDP lawmakers in the House of Assembly and retirement allowances. former governors and deputies, as well as persistent security threats. members of the opposition party.
The statement reads in part: “We frown at the continued absence of Governor Ben Ayade from the Southern Governor’s Forum committee. This has undoubtedly alienated the state from the various regional integration processes and interests, especially with regard to VAT control, the southern president’s agenda for 2023 and the anti-open grazing law. , resulting in the growing fear of the Cross Riverians’ insecurity.
“The Governor should be reminded that by simple geography, Cross River is and will remain a true part of southern Nigeria, and therefore calls on Governor Ayade to retrace his steps by reintegrating the state in solidarity with the other southern states in our common interest and the region in general.
“We call on the governor to take it upon himself instead to find other ways of generating revenue for the state rather than embarking on futile overseas trips that have no direct impact on the economy of the state. State, because it cannot be considered isolated in the current context. debate, mainly defended by the governors of the South, on who should control the VAT. “
Regretting that Cross River is still among the three remaining southern states, whose houses of assembly have yet to consider or pass the anti-open grazing law, they pointed out that fourteen of the seventeen southern states, including traditional APC states, have already implemented the decision of the Southern Governors’ Forum to ban open grazing in their areas.
The group therefore calls on the Cross River House of Assembly to urgently join the committee of other southern states in domesticating the anti-open grazing law in the interest of regional security.
Regarding the ongoing privatization exercise, the group said, “It is a big government plan to sell over forty government-owned assets, including the Cross River garment factory, the cocoa processing plant and others, to his friends and agents in the name of privatization.
The group alleged that it has in good faith that there are plans to convert people’s property, including
ongoing Obudu International Hospital, Canadian School, Institute for Continuing Education of Teachers in Biase, which were built with taxpayer money for personal property, warning unsuspecting members of the public to be aware of and avoid any transaction with the Cross River government regarding the sale of its assets as any or all individuals will do so at their own risk.
The Renaissance Group further stated that it will use all legitimate means to ensure the safety and security of its members and all Cross Riverians, as the relevant security agencies have been duly notified.
While awaiting the court ruling on questions relating to the legality of the defection of the governor and some members of the Cross River House of Assembly to the APC, the new group called on all their supporters across the state to remain calm. in the face of all the provocations of the government and its agents.