Cross River State lawmakers, Tuesday, urged Governor Ben Ayade to remain focused in his quest to develop the state.
The 25 lawmakers, who were led by their Speaker, Hon. John Gaul Lebo, on a solidarity visit to the governor, at the state executive council chambers enjoined the governor to see the current trial as a trial of the innocence, even as they urged him not to be distracted.
They pledged their collective and total total loyalty Ayade.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the Speaker said: “For you, this is your turning point, for after December 9, the Ben Ayade’s new dimension will have to emerge. By December 9, you will value the office of the governor because your current trial ahead is a trial of the innocence. I want to assure you that as a house, we are strongly behind you in prayers.”
John Gaul affirmed that “you have done so well in Cross River State and in the last few months we passed through a lot with you as a governor. We believe that the clarity of your vision as a leader is not in doubt and it is obvious that you have given us a drive to galvanize our collective intelligence as a community to put together in supporting the political and economic direction of Cross River state.”
Continuing, the Speaker averred that “it calls for a sense of responsibility on our part to come together to share this moment with you and to pledge our support. We campaigned and contested elections with you and your deputy to serve the state, so anything that happens to your mandate will also affect us.”
Other members who spoke affirmed that, having consulted with their constituents, they had the mandate of the people to assure the governor of their unalloyed support and prayers while charging him to remain focused and never be distracted.
> Responding, Ayade maintained that he remains focused and fears nothing as God is in control, adding that, the power of innocence is strong and mighty even as “I owe no man any duty than to focus on that same assignment that God called me to come and manifest.
“I am completely undistracted and holding on to God as my pillar. As I supplicate for God’s mercy, I ask that God sees my heart and ensures that every single word I have pronounced, He should manifest my word,” the governor said.
Piqued by the negative issues associated with politics, Ayade reasoned: “I am sure that this nation needs a political surgery to put an end to the level of enmity that politics brings and the level of hatred that comes with politics.”
Highpoints of the visit was the signing into law of two bills which included the Cross River State Statistics Bureau amendment bill and the Infrastructure, Safety and Regulatory Agency amendment bill.
Photo caption: Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, the Speaker Cross River House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. John Gaul Lebo and the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Joseph Bassey, during a solidarity visit by members of the state legislature to the Governor in his office in Calabar, Tuesday. River Assembly pays Solidarity visit to Gov Ayade, pledges loyalty.