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PDP Guber Candidate Vows To Reverse ‘Illegal Acquisition Of Properties By Gov Ayade’

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Sandy Ojang Onor, the PDP governorship candidate in Cross River State, has stated that, if elected governor of Cross River State next month, he will critically look into all the decisions, projects, and state properties illegally acquired by incumbent Governor Ben Ayade with a view to reversing and forfeiting them.

He spoke during a press event on Friday, January 27, 2023, at the NUJ press centre in Calabar.

There have been allegations that Gov Ayade has illegally acquired good numbers of state lands and other properties.

The PDP candidate also stated that Ayade’s personal house whose construction is ongoing in front of the governor’s office in Calabar would be reviewed, and if found not to follow due process, would be forfeited.

Sandy Onor also disclosed that all the appointments and recruitments being done at this eleventh hour of Gov Ayade’s government that did not follow due process would also be reversed.

“There are several allegations that the ongoing recruitment for civil service does not follow a due process like many other decisions. I will diligently look into all the allocations, recruitments, and alleged illegal land grabbings by Ayade and his aides at Water Board land, as well as the ongoing personal house opposite Government House in Calabar, will all be reviewed. If they did not follow due government process, [they] will either be forfeited to government or reversed.”

He said further: “As a major stakeholder in the Cross River project and by the grace of God, the next governor of our state, I wish to humbly assert that in as much as I know that our people need job opportunities in the state civil service, this one is deceitfully envisioned for political reasons.

“Recruitment exercises ought to be methodic, systematic, and seen to be genuine, something that should be done in a gradual manner to allow the state and its people flow with it, based on the resources available. This one is coming with ulterior motives and is therefore unlikely to find the oxygen and legitimacy to stand the test of time.”

Continuing, he alleged: “The second and very worrisome issue is the plan by the government to collect five years lease payments from quarries and some manufacturing companies that operate in the state. We are told that the government is reaching out to these companies to raise revenue from them five years in advance. “

Governor Ayade Welcomes Indigenous Energy Firm’s Investment In Cross River

Ben Ayade, the governor of Cross River State, has expressed optimism that an indigenous energy firm, Alternative Petroleum and Power Limited, APPL would solve the energy needs of the over 30 industries built by his administration.

Speaking Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Calabar during a courtesy call on him by the management team of the firm, the Governor commended APPL for choosing the state for its operation.

APPL which is in partnership with Bergen Engines, Norway and Diesel Electric Services Pty Ltd, South Africa, was allocated land at Odukpani, an outskirt of Calabar, two years ago to build an energy outfit.

According to Ayade, “We have over 30 industries that our administration has built but our greatest challenge is power so that you come to provide an alternative source of power using a very classic technology which is gas to liquid technology is a welcome development.

“I want to thank you for the choice of Cross River state, I want to thank you for the massive employment opportunity APPL will bring onboard occasioned by the project”

The Governor assured the APPL management that it would not regret siting its operation in the state because “the nature, character of a people where a business is sited determine the success of the business and industrial harmony.

“Your choice of Cross River state for your business will guarantee you industrial peace because Cross Riverians are peaceful people. We will support you back to back”

Earlier in his remarks, APPL’s Executive Director, Innovation, Engr. Idara Ekpo commended Ayade’s industrialisation strides, saying the governor has performed creditably well.

Engr. Ekpo stated that APPL management was in the Governor’s office to intimate him of how far the company has gone in setting up its operations since the state government allocated it 30 hectares of land two years ago.

According to him, the company’s project will be ready for commissioning by the Governor in February or March of next year.

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