The Conference of Nigeria Political Party, CNPP, and the Inter- Party Advisory Committee, IPAC, in Cross River state have said critics were seeking to distract Governor Ben Ayade with unnecessary attack, saying the Governor should be left alone to focus on delivering his industrialization vision for the state.
CNPP Chairman, Sunday Michael, and others who addressed Journalists on the barrage of criticism which greeted various policies and programme of government in recent times, including the proposed cargo airport in Obudu. said the attack on the Governor as uncalled for and that Ayade was doing all within his powers to take Cross River state to another level
Michael, who was flanked by Paddy Ally, IPAC Chairman and Castro Ezama, Chairman of Forum of Governorship Candidates in 2019 elections, advised that Ayade should be given chance to fulfill his electioneering promises and that since the Governor was yet to stay even up to 100 days in office, there was no basis for any form of assessment and mudslinging.
While insisting that Ayade should be given benefit of the doubt, the CNPP Chairman said “We urge the good people of Cross River state to continue to support Gov Ayade to succeed .We should not use the altar of politics to cause disunity in the state. Cross River is the only state we have and we cannot continue to destroy it.
“If there must be criticism, it should be constructive. Any programme and policies that is not good for the people could be rejected politely and not with name-calling and casting aspersion. We should be patient with him and give him time to achieve what he has promised.
“Cross River people should continue to support the governor to enable him execute his industrialization agenda. We should be patient with him and we must also understand the challenges he is facing. Those that have personal grudges against him should do that on a personal level, and not to endanger the state. The call for the Governor to resign after one month of being sworn-in for second term was not necessary.
“However, we call on the governor to listen to and try to do what the people want. He was elected to listen to and work for overall good of the state, but please, let is not pull down the state.”
Also speaking, IPAC Chairman, Paddy Ally, said it was very necessary for Cross Riverians to encourage the Governor so as to help him stay focused and deliver the dividend of democracy to the state.
Ally said the Cross River project was greater than one peron and that it needs all to come together for the good of the state. He further appealed for unity and restraint saying some utterances could made the State ungovernable to the detriment of all.