Eid-El Maulud: Ayade Preaches Peace, Togetherness

Easter: Ayade Calls For Peace, Prayers For Leaders



Cross River State Governor,Prof Ben Ayade has urged the Muslim faithfuls to use the period of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday celebration to show love to one another and imbibe the virtues of perseverance and tolerance.

Ayade in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita said Muslims should always emulate and promote the virtues of Prophet Muhammed which include honesty, kindness and peaceful co-existence,

While congratulating the Muslim Ummah,the Governor said the birthday of the Holy Prophet should inspire all Muslims to renew their belief in the Almighty Allah and Nigeria,starting from Cross River State.

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“We all know that Prophet Muhammed preached and lived for peace as a revered and widely followed Prophet Allah, his quality of honesty and perseverance, should be a lesson for all Muslims to imbibe, especially on his birthday”.

“This year’s Maulud come at the most appropriate time when prayers of Nigerians, particularly the Muslim Ummah is needed to chusion the challenges of Insecurity and Economy in the country.

“In Cross River State, we are using Agriculture and industrialization to strengthen our economy in a bid to reduce youth unemployment and Poverty to ensure social inclusion and economic prosperity for all irrespective of religion or tribe.

“This is our own small effort at emulating the teaching of togetherness as exemplified by Prophet Muhammed ” the statement said.

I Had No Doubt I Would Win At Tribunal – Ayade

Easter: Ayade Calls For Peace, Prayers For Leaders


Governor Ben Ayade has dedicated his victory at the Governorship Elections Petition Tribunal to God and the people of Cross River State.

Ayade described the tribunal judgement as a mere reaffirmation of his resounding victory at the March 9, 2019 governorship poll.

The governor who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Christian Ita, shortly, after the tribunal upheld his election, said he was not surprised at the verdict since his victory was never in doubt.

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“As I did when I won the governorship election of March 9, by dedicating my victory to God, the great people of Cross River State and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) family, let me once again rededicate today’s tribunal verdict which explicitly reinforced the will of the people to them.

“I had no doubt that I would emerge victorious at the tribunal. I have never lost faith or confidence in our judicial system. I was very confident that the tribunal would be diligent and upright in determining the petitions brought before it and it did just that today and I am happy, Cross Riverians are haply and I am sure that even the petitioners will be happy that the tribunal has acquitted itself.”

Insisting that the affirmation of his election by the tribunal will further embolden him to deliver on his campaign promises, Ayade said: “Today’s judgement is no doubt a call for a redoubling of effort, energy, kinetics and gusto to consolidate on what my administration started four years ago, which is the aggressive industrialization of the state. Let me also quickly add that I will treat this victory at the tribunal with all the seriousness and urgency that comes with it.

“But more importantly, let me call on my brothers on the other side, like I did when I was declared winner by INEC, to come and join me so that collectively, we can build the Cross River that we can all be proud of.”

New Governors Emerge As Some Old Ones Cling To Their Seats


The announcements of the results of the governorship election held in 29 states of the federation on Saturday, March 9, 2019, have continued across the country.

While the poll in a few states has been declared inconclusive for various reasons, there have been upsets in some places, as well as predicted outcomes in others.

In Kwara State, the declaration of Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the governorship election in the state, has not only ended the reign of the PDP government there but effectively uprooted the Saraki political structure from the state, at least for the next four years.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq.

Mr. Abdulrasaq polled 331,546 votes to beat his closest rival, Razak Atunwa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who secured 114,754 votes to emerge second.

The PDP in the Kwara State appears to have taken the defeat in its strides, with Senator Bukola Saraki, the PDP governorship candidate, Rasaq Atunwa, and the serving state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, congratulating the winner of the election.

READ ALSO: INEC Declares Plateau, Adamawa Governorship Election Inconclusive

Perhaps, the emergence of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the next governor of Lagos may not have come as a surprise to many, given the political dynamics in the state.

What may appear as a surprise is the margin of defeat suffered by his opponent in the race.

Mr. Sanwo-Olu won the election in what could be described as a landslide, having polled a total of 739,445 votes to beat his closest rival Mr. Jimmy Agbaje of the PDP who polled a total of 206,141 votes, with a difference of 533,304 votes.

Notwithstanding, Mr. Agbaje has also congratulated his APC counterpart.

Ogun State proved to be a state to watch with keen interest in the run-up to the governorship election owing to the intrigue and drama that characterized the state’s politics and campaigns.

Many had thought the APC candidate, Dapo Abiodun, would come out of the fray with a bloody nose, in the face of the controversy that surrounded his emergence as the party’s governorship candidate in the state, and the subsequent defection of some members of the party to the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) supported by the incumbent, Ibikunle Amosun.

The APC candidate, however, emerged victorious having polled 241,670 to defeat his closed opponent, Adekunle Akinlade of the APM who scored 222,153 votes.

The PDP has demonstrated that Enugu State, and indeed the South East geo-political zone, remains one of its strongholds in the country and may not prepare yet to let it slip from its grip.

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (file)

The incumbent governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has been re-elected to pilot the affairs of the state for another four years, having beaten his closest opponent in the race by the wide margin of 439,512. He scored a total of 449,935 votes against 10,423 votes polled by Mr. Ayogu Eze of the APC.

Like in Enugu State, the PDP remains in control of Abia State, with Governor Okezie Ikpeazu being declared the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

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The Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, Professor Damian Ozurumba, said he secured 261,127 votes, more than double the 99, 574 votes his closest rival, Uche Ogah of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled.

The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Alex Otti finished third, with 64,366 votes.

The states in the North West zone also remain in the firm grip of the APC. One of them is Jigawa State under Governor Badaru Abubakar who has been re-elected for another four years.

Jigawa Governor Badaru Abubakar Re-Elected By A Landslide
(File) Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar.

The governor who contested the election on the platform of the APC was declared the winner on Sunday, having polled a total of 810,933 votes to defeat his closest rival from the PDP, Aminu Ringim, who got 288,356 votes.

In Niger State, Abubakar Bello, also of the APC has been re-elected, governor.

He polled 526,412 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Umar Nasko of the PDP who polled a total of 298,065 votes.

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The Returning Officer, Professor Angela Miri, announced the result in Minna, the state capital, saying Governor Bello was declared the winner and returned elected having polled the highest votes in the election.

Although the opposition PDP described the result as unacceptable, the results showed that the APC won all the 25 local government areas in the governorship election.

Majority of the voters in Gombe State decided on Saturday to switch their loyalty to the APC as they voted to have Muhammad Yahaya of the APC emerge winner of the governorship election in the state.

The influence of a sitting PDP governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, was not enough to swing the election against Yahaya, as he scored 364,179 while PDP’s candidate, Senator Bayero Nadafa, scored 222,868.

The PDP seems to have made up for its loss of Ekiti State to the APC in the South West in the governorship election in 2018.

Oyo State returned to the fold of the opposition PDP, which was in control of the state before Governor Abiola Ajimobi led the APC to victory in the state in 2011.

PDP’s governorship candidate, Seyi Makinde won the election with 515,621 votes to defeat his closest rival, APC’s Bayo Adelabu who scored 357,982 votes, ending APC’s eight-year dominance of Oyo politics.

PHOTOS: Governor Ayade, Wife Vote In Cross River


The Cross River Governor, Ben Ayade on Saturday joined other residents of the state in casting their votes for the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

The governor alongside his wife voted at the Ipong polling unit in Kakum ward, Obudu Local Government Area of the state.

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State Development: US Envoy John Bray Hails Ayade’s Administration


United States Consul General to Nigeria, John Bray, has hailed the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade on the development so far in the state.

Mr Bray expressed satisfaction over the industrialisation drive of the Ben-Ayade administration within his three years in office.

He made this known during a visit to the state on Friday.

Mr Bray during his visit inspected the Cross River Garment Factory, the Rice Seeds and Seedlings Factory, the Calabar Pharmaceutical Company and the 21 megawatts power plant.

Speaking shortly after being conducted around the several industries built by the Ayade-led administration, Bray disclosed that, he was impressed seeing such development happening in a state in Nigeria.

On possible areas of collaboration between the United States and Cross River, the US Consul said it was obvious that such existed already with the American-made tractors on the ground at the rice seeds and seedlings factory as well as American engineers at the power plant.

He gave a scorecard of his achievements three years in office; Ayade maintained that all his projects are service driven as his government is about service.

NLC, TUC Endorse Ayade For Second Term

Ayade Hopeful Nigeria Will Overcome Challenges
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The joint body of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) has endorsed the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade for a second term in office.

For both congresses, it is a way of consolidating his achievements by ensuring workers receives their salaries in advance.
The (NLC), Comrade John Ushie, commended the Ayade-led administration for the ongoing projects embarked upon and those completed.

According to Comrade Ushie, in less than three years into his administration, Governor Ben Ayade has embarked on many developmental projects across the State which seemed impossible to achieve.

Some of the projects include the Garment Factory, the Calapharm, the Rice City, the Independent Power Plant, the Deep Sea Port, haulage city and Banana Plantation.

Other projects include The construction of a rice mill, Cocoa processing plant, the British/ Canadian College, Teachers continuous training city among a host of others.

These projects and more the joint body attests are true testimonies of the Governor’s desire to change the destiny of the State from a civil service economy to an industrialized one which is capable of generating jobs and revenues to run the State.

For Governor Ben Ayade, his administration irrespective of the lean resources within its control will continue to focus on human-driven projects to decouple the State from over-reliance on Federal allocation as he receives more equipment for setting up more factories in the State.

Cross River State House Of Assembly Passes N1.3tn 2018 Budget

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Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade


The Cross River State House of Assembly has passed the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N1.3 trillion presented by Governor Ben Ayade.

The budget, tagged Budget of Kinetic Crystallisation, was presented to the House of Assembly by the governor on November 30, 2017.

Presenting the report of the Budget before the House, Mr Jonas Eteng-Williams, Chairman of Finance and Appropriation Committee, said that the Assembly interfaced with various Ministries, Departments and Agencies before considering the passage of the budget.

Eteng said that the MDA’s in the state appeared before the relevant House committees to defend their budget, adding the Assembly was thorough during the budget defence.

According to Eteng-Williams, the budget was designed by the state governor to promote infrastructural and economic development in the state.

A breakdown of the budget shows that the sum of N4.4billion was budgeted for Carnival Commission with a view to enable the commission organise a successful carnival in 2018.

The sum of N108.5bn had been estimated for recurrent revenue, while recurrent expenditure is N136.6billion and personnel cost pegged at N34billion respective and for Agriculture, the sum of N10.9billion has also been budgeted for the sector.

The Speaker of the House of Assembly, John Gaul-Lebo, said the budget when fully implemented would accelerate speedy urban and rural development in the state.

“The governor has transformed Cross River from a civil service state to an economic hub. We must all join our hands and give him the necessary support to do more,” the Speaker said.

He lauded Ayade for the prompt payment of workers’ salaries and for the numerous political appointments given to the youths in the state.

Ayade Pays Tribute To Alex Ekwueme

The Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has paid tribute to the former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ekwueme, as the nation prepares to give the late icon a befitting burial.

Signing a condolence register opened at the government house in Calabar the Cross River State capital, Ayade described the late Vice President as a selfless political leader who through his lifetime contributed greatly to the development of the country.

In his tribute, Ayade wrote, May the mighty and worthy character and ethics continue to glow and take Nigeria to the dream of the people.

He urged political office holders to emulate the steering virtues of the deceased to make a difference in governance.

The former Vice President died on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at a London hospital.

He was flown to London for medical treatment after he was reported to have suffered a chest infection which left him in a coma in a hospital for two weeks.

Born October 21, 1932,  Ekwueme started his career as an architect after earning a bachelor’s degree in architecture and city planning, as an awardee of the Fulbright Scholarship, from the University of  Washington in the United States.

He later obtained a master’s degree in urban planning and also earned degrees in sociology, history, philosophy and law from the University of London.

He also obtained a PhD in Architecture from the University of Strathclyde, before gaining the BL (honours) degree from the Nigerian Law School.

In 1979, Ekwueme became Nigeria’s first Vice President, serving as deputy to Shehu Shagari, until 1983 when they were ousted in a coup.

Over the years, he has played several roles domestically and internationally, cementing his status as a statesman.


Ayade Commits To Making Cross River A ‘Beautiful City’

Ayade Hopeful Nigeria Will Overcome Challenges
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The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has assured the residents that there will be more development in all sectors of the economy, especially rehabilitation of roads in the state.

According to the governor, Calabar the state capital will sustain its status as the as the most beautiful city in the country as well as the tourism epicentre.

“I am focusing on Calabar now, particularly Calabar South to make sure that I put back all their street lights and give them more roads.

“The people of Calabar South need the government the most because their income level is low yet they live in a city with high cost of living.”

He added that apart from construction and rehabilitation of roads, the lighting systems in the area will be activated to give the place a facelift.

Ayade Inaugurates Task Force To Tackle Indiscriminate Structures

Ayade Hopeful Nigeria Will Overcome Challenges
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The Cross River State Government has inaugurated a task force on development control charged with the responsibility of ensuring that, structures are done with plan approval in Calabar, the State capital.

Inaugurating the team at the Government House in Calabar, the State governor, Ben Ayade decried the way the state’s plan approval has been abused by developers.

According to him, the distortion of the master plan is occurring at a fast speed hence the need for government to ensure that the master plan is upheld.

The governor charged the team to do their jobs diligently towards ensuring that, the green and beautiful status of Calabar is maintained.

PHOTOS: Ayade, Bikers Thrill Residents In Calabar Carnival

PHOTOS: Ayade, Bikers Thrill Residents In Calabar Carnival
Governor Ayade and his wife, Mrs Linda Ben-Ayade on a bike


It was thrills and frills as the Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade led 250 power bikers, including former Governor Donald Duke in an acrobatic display of state of the art exotic power bikes.

The bikers’ segment of the Calabar Carnival, which took place on Wednesday afternoon, witnessed throngs of spectators who laid siege on the 12-kilometre carnival route to watch acrobatic displays.

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Leading the charge which took off to an ecstatic start, the revellers screamed and cheered as Governor Ayade, who was carrying his wife, Mrs Linda Ben-Ayade, and his band of riders took to the road from the Millennium Park.

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Ayade, Duke Lead 250 Bikers’ In Calabar Carnival

Ayade, Duke Lead 250 Bikers' In Calabar Carnival
Governor Ayade and his wife, Mrs Linda Ben-Ayade on a bike


It was thrills and frills as the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, led 250 power bikers, including former governor Donald Duke in an acrobatic display of state of the art exotic power bikes.

The bikers’ segment of the Calabar Carnival, which took place on Wednesday afternoon, witnessed throngs of spectators who laid siege on the 12-kilometre carnival route to watch acrobatic displays.

PHOTOS: Ayade, Bikers Thrill Residents In Calabar Carnival

Leading the charge which took off to an ecstatic start, the revellers screamed and cheered as Governor Ayade, who was carrying his wife, Mrs Linda Ben-Ayade, and his band of riders took to the road from the Millennium Park.

“The bikers’ parade intention is to connect with young people,” the governor said. “If you look at the audience in the carnival, it has undergone dramatic change in the last 10 years – from the elderly to the middle age, now to the young people and if you don’t change the content of the carnival to reflect the enthusiasm and the adrenaline pumping nature of the young people, you will be boring to them.

“So we need to create an atmosphere that shows that the governor has the wisdom of a sixty-year-old and the enthusiasm of a child – an old head on a young shoulder; I can afford to act like I am young, a youth and at the same time be a governor”.

The Bikers’ Carnival which before today went through a series of rigorous dry runs, lived up to its billing as they pulled tons of stunts in front of the ever cheering crowd.

Governor Ayade, who noted that the carnival only feature procession and dance on the streets before now, said he was trying to carry the youths along in the affairs of the state.

Joking about his outfits, he said: ”When you see a governor on a bandana, with my bling bling just looking like one of them, I’m telling you that look, this man was a doctor at 23, professor at 32 and governor at a very… and is performing; so I can be like you!

“Just look at the crowd, this is record breaking. I have broken my own record. Last year, it was a huge success but today, I am afraid if the carnival tomorrow will be able to carry this bikers’ parade that we did today.”

On the choice of red as the colour and what led to the shape of his bike, he said he was trying to show the “red smart energy” in him and the ability to blend in to any situation.

“Red scorpion but if you look at the head, it is a crocodile; if you look at the fins it tells you that look – I am an Octopus. You can’t really tell my story, I have the capacity to change at all times. If I want to be a young person, I will; as a professor, I will; as a senator, I will; if I want to behave like a lawyer, I will; but more importantly, that I don’t forget my history.

“So, my bike tells the story of the blend in one person, and that is the story that you see in that. It is custom made, designed by myself and produced only to me in the entire world,” the governor said.