The acting Chairman of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), in Cross River State, Sir John Ochalla, has scored governor Ben Ayade’s Performance in the past three years with less than 10 percent.
He made the remarks while speaking in an interview with the New Nigerian Online Correspondent in Ikom.
According to him, “governorBen Ayade has performed poorly in office and if I were to give him a score, “I will give him less than 10 per cent”.
Ochalla who used the opportunity to review the experiences of APC campaign train that stormed the northern senatorial district of the state, added that “it would amount to a waste of time and money to return him for a second term in office”.
While acknowledging the unprecedented reception given to the APC governorship election campaign train by the people of the northern part, Ochalla said “before now, the Cross River Northern senatorial district being the zone that is currently occupying the government house in the state and expectantly wants to continue for a second term as it is the tradition, you would have expected that the turnout would have been low because of sentiments”.
Said he “but there is something I must tell you; that is the enlightenment of the people these days makes them think outside the box”.
He went on to state “now if you say Cross River north must have two terms, the option available to them now is the current governor. But in your good conscience, would you give gov. Ayade a pass mark? He has failed and has performed abysmally”.
Ochalla added that “what the people of the North have just said clearly is that Ayade has not done well at all. And that a good friend is better than a bad brother”.
“What the north has just said is that; if it is John Owan-Enoh that will revive the Obudu Cattle Ranch; so be it. If it is John Owan Enoh that will bring back the Obudu Mountain Race; if it is Owan Enoh that will make our roads motorable; if it is John Owan Enoh that will give us light in the Northern senatorial district, then we must cast our votes to the All Progressives’ Congress (APC)”.
The candidate of APC, Distinguished Senator John Owan Enoh, had proved his mettle time and time again. He was elected into the state Assembly from 1999 to 2010. He showed his worth and was rewarded by being elected to the National Assembly in 2003. There, he gained re-election three times and eventually was elected into the Senate in 2015. His records are there for all to see.
Answering another question, he retorted “the simple message I have for them is that they should be steadfast, strong and unwavering. We have a new phenomenon in the State now which is referred to as “sign-on-fees” from the people’s wealth. You steal people’s money with the left hand and give it back to you with the right hand. Cross Riverians should forget about “sign on fees”.
“If you collect a sign on fees from Ayade, you will eat it just in one week, and in the next four years you will suffer, but if you are patient enough and tarry awhile, and you hold your hunger a bid and vote Owan-Enoh and APC into power, the simple basic necessities/amenities of life will be provided for you”.