Ben Ayade

Obudu chiefs adopt Otu as own son, vow total support for Ayade, others

In rare display of affection for a worthy son, monarchs and chiefs in Obudu local government area of Cross River state Tuesday, during a consultative meeting with the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade, declared 100 per cent support for his senatorial ambition.

Governor Ayade who is APC’s senatorial candidate for Cross River North is an indigene of the area. Prior to assuming office as governor in 2015, the Professor of Environmental Microbiology represented the senatorial district in the senate .

To demonstrate total support for the governor, the monarchs later bestowed royal blessings on him.

They also pronounced royal blessings on the APC gubernatorial candidate for the state, Senator Bassey Otu as well as other candidates of the party present.

The monarchs under the aegis of Obudu Traditional Rulers Council, at the meeting, also adopted Senator Otu as an Obudu son.

Speaking at the meeting , the Paramount Ruler of Obudu, His Royal Highness, Jeddy Agba, represented by Chief Cornelius Olem said they were solidly behind their son, Ayade and Senator Otu.

His words: “Your Excellency the Paramount Ruler of Obudu has sent me to tell you that the chiefs of Obudu are solidly behind you.

“Come 2023 elections we are solidly behind you to ensure you return to the Senate”

According to him, “we Obudu chiefs are solidly behind you…we shall mobilize for you. We are for you 100 per cent. We are also solidly behind the incoming governor, Senator Bassey Otu whom we have adopted as our son”

Turning to the gubernatorial candidate, the representative of the Paramount Ruler stressed that “we are promising you that we are with you from now till May 29 when you will be sworn-in”.
Enumerating the Governor Ayade’s achievements in the area, Chief Olem said, “there is the airport, the British-Canadian University, the factories, Obudu-German hospital, the dual carriageway that cuts across the five local government areas of Nothern Cross River, the list is too numerous to mention.

“We grateful to you, you will feel our gratitude on the elections day, it is on that day we shall actually say thank you.

“Our prayers are with you till the elections. May you be the next Senate President and make us proud”

Responding, Ayade who spoke in his native Bette language said he had the responsibility to make Cross River work and has done so in his eight years of governorship.

He berated those he described as wicked souls who never wished the state well.

According to him, “they were saying we cannot do the airport and now that they have seen the airport, they cannot talk again because they are in shock.
“It is only wicked people, wicked souls that do not wish the state well that will be unhappy when they see progress.

“If you are a child of God, the progress of your brother or your sister should inspire you”

Making a case for all APC candidates from top to bottom, the governor urged them to beware of merchants of lies.

“Don’t allow them to deceive you; they have nothing to offer. We have tested and trusted candidates who are ready to offer quality leadership.

“Prince Otu is a good man and he will put the people first, he will consolidate on the gains of our administration.

“Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, our presidential candidate is a man of integrity; a man with immense capacity and competence, he will fix Nigeria as he fixed Lagos.

On his part, Senator Otu expressed gratitude to the monarchs for adopting him as son, pledging to live up to expectations and to carry on from where Ayade will stop if elected.

The APC gubernatorial candidate urged them ” to donate your son, His Excellency, Governor Ayade to the Senate the same way you donated him to Cross River as Governor because Nigeria needs him right now at the centre”.

Continuing, Senator Otu said: “Ayade has taken Obudu to the next level, he is a performer and I promise you that as an Obudu son, I will not disappoint you. I will consolidate on the gains of Ayade administration, I will complete all the projects he started because all his projects are world class.

I’m pleading that you allow your son to go and represent us in the Senate.The incoming President,Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will need a man who understands him to be there in the Senate as Senate president and that man is His Excellency Governor Ayade.

“All we ask of you is support, support and more support”

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