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The member representing Akpabuyo, Bakassi and Calabar South federal constituency in the house of representatives, Rt Hon Essien Ekpenyong Ayi has accused the Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade of not listening to anyone with sound advice.
He also said while governor Ayade was in the PDP, he never called for any party caucus meeting for six years that he was leader of the party in the state.
“He called us once and gave instruction that we should go and meet with members of our LGAs and come up with a list of LGA chairmen for the election. But before we knew it, they went to their houses and wrote a list of all eighteen LGA chairmen and one hundred and ninety seven councilors, is that democracy?
The lawmaker who spoke exclusively with The Parchment at his residence during a victory party organized to celebrate Hon Jarigbe Agom’s success at the court in the Cross River North senatorial election. Hon Ayi said he has never been more embarrassed as a Cross Riverian.
“I drove through Ebonyi state, I became ashame of Cross River State. I saw over eight flyovers in Abakaliki. But the allocation of Cross River is higher than that of Ebonyi state. You may say Akwa Ibom or Rivers state have money, what about Ebonyi state?
“Today we promise flyover, superhighway, Clalapham this and that, without seeing any of those things on ground. Everything is abandoned. The so called Garment factory is nothing but a tailoring shop, the Clalapham has remained a warehouse for a longtime now. They said they have investors coming since, when will they arrive, tell me one thing that is working in this state?
On the success of of Hon Jarigbe at the court, the federal lawmaker said “The victory of Hon Jarigbe clearly tells us that no one should play God. And we must also understand that money is not everything, because if it was about money, Jarigbe would not have won”
Addressing the many failures of governor Ayade’s administration, Hon. Ayi questioned “why former governor Donald Duke’s administration would spend 15million naira monthly to clean up the state through the Calabar Urban Development Authority CUDA with results to show but Ayade who spends over 200million naira to clean up the state cannot show any result
“The man has taken the state ten years backwards. Anyone who will take over from him must be given the first four years to stabilize, because things have gotten really bad”
On whether he will contest the 2023 elections to return to the house of representatives, Hon Ayi said ” God has not spoken to me yet, I am still waiting to hear from the Holy Spirit. I dont do anything until he tells me what to do. So for now, I am still making my spiritual consultation, and when I hear from God, I will let everyone know about it”
He advised Cross Riverians to remain strong at this time of hardship and failed promises saying “We have already suffered for six years, but our prayer is that God should take away the Jonah from the boat of Cross River state”