Ayade Pays First Visit To Buhari As APC Governor

Cross Rivers State Governor Ben Ayade during his visit to President Buhari at the State House Abuja on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

 

Newly decamped Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade has paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.

The governor was received by the President and they later went into a meeting alongside the Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari.

Ayade had earlier in May announced that he is leaving the main opposition political party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He was received by six APC governors and some members of the National Assembly including the APC caretaker Chairman, Mai Mala Buni.

Cross Rivers State Governor Ben Ayade during his visit to President Buhari at the State House Abuja on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

 

Ayade was elected as the governor of Cross River State in 2015 under the platform of the PDP. He was reelected in 2019 under the platform of the same political party.

He is the second sitting governor to have pitched his camp with the ruling APC, lately.

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Kidnappers In Cross River Face Death Penalty

Ben-Ayade on  cross rivers kidnap bill The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has signed a bill into law that puts a death penalty on convicted kidnappers in the state.

Also signed into law at the Exco Chambers in Calabar, the state’s capital, on Tuesday, was the Social Housing Law, which makes housing for the vulnerable, a right.

The Governor had empowered the Kidnap Law to seize assets as well as freeze accounts belonging to convicted kidnappers and those who aid and abet kidnapping in the state.

Right To Housing

After signing the bills before the Speaker and members of the State House of Assembly, Governor Ayade spoke passionately on the danger awaiting anyone or group caught in the web of kidnapping. He said the state would no longer condone such criminality.

On the Social Housing Law, the Governor linked the high spate of corruption in the Civil Service to the inability of civil servants to provide housing for themselves with their meagre salaries.

“Various researches have proven that given the salaries of an average civil servant, if memos are not originated to get extra money, 80 per cent of civil servants will not be able to own their houses upon retirement,” the Governor explained.

Governor Ayade further added: “By the bill, housing in Cross River State is now a right to the citizenry and though it may not be justifiable at this point in time, but the government has created a legal stimulus to drive the structure that it can achieve housing for everybody. In the process, all mud and thatch houses in the State will be stamp out”.