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Cross River lawmaker, Elizabeth Ironbar is dead
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Cross River lawmaker, Elizabeth Ironbar is dead

A two term member of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Lady Elizabeth Edem Ironbar is dead. According to family sources, Mrs. Ironbar died in the late hours of Tuesday, October 26, after a protracted illness. Ironbar who has represented Akpabuyo constituency since June 2015 is known for her Cross River State Disability Commission bill. According to CrossRiverWatch, she was among the lawmakers who refused to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC, alongside other members who followed Governor Ben Ayade.
Fani-Kayode lied, never played any role in my defection to APC – Gov Umahi
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Fani-Kayode lied, never played any role in my defection to APC – Gov Umahi

The Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has rubbished the claim by former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, that he facilitated his defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Umahi insisted that Fani-Kayode played no role in his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the APC. Fani-Kayode had yesterday formally joined the APC at the State House where he was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari. Speaking on his defection, the former minister claimed he played a role in Umahi, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State’s defection to APC. Reacting, Umahi charged Fani-Kayode to withdraw his claim. Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Umahi maintained that Fani-Kayode was not aware of his defection to APC. ...
Governor Ayade vows to deal with anyone who protests in Cross River state on June 12
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Governor Ayade vows to deal with anyone who protests in Cross River state on June 12

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has vowed to deal with any person or group of persons who hold protests in Cross River state on June 12 which is designated as Democracy Day. In a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Christain Ita, Ayade warned that violators of the ban on procession will be made to face the full weight of the law. The statement read;   “The Cross River state government wishes to remind the general public that the ban on public procession and gathering in the state is still very much in force. “Due to the prevailing security situation in the country, government  will not permit any procession or gathering under any guise on June 12 which is designated as Democracy Day “Government urges any one or group of persons wishin...
Governor Ayade’s aide resigns, says “his ideology does not go in tandem with that of APC”
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Governor Ayade’s aide resigns, says “his ideology does not go in tandem with that of APC”

The Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade on Safety Commission, Victor Bassey Effiong, has resigned his appointment.   In his resignation letter dated Wednesday, June 9, Mr Effiong said that "his ideology does not go in tandem with that of the All Progressive Congress (APC)"   "After a period of consideration I have decided to remain with the People's Democratic Party which I was a pioneer Youth leader in my Ward Uyanga in Akampa LGA," the letter read.   "Let me thank His Excellency Sir Prof Ben Ayade for the opportunity given to me to serve our dear state as Special Assistant. This opportunity in no doubt widens my horizons in the affairs of government. Also thanks to my political associates, friends and family for their support while on this special ass...
Governor Ayade sacks another commissioner
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Governor Ayade sacks another commissioner

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade has sacked the Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon. Francis Etta. The Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Governor, Christian Ita, disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday, June 8 in Calabar. "The State Governor, His Excellency Prof Ben Ayade has approved the relieving of Hon. Francis Etta of his appointment as Commissioner for Special Duties with immediate effect," the statement reads. The Governor thanked him for his service to the state and wished him well in his future endeavours. While no reason was given for the Governor’s action, it is being reported that the commissioner declined to defect with him to the All Progressives Congress, APC. The Governor has so far sacked four commissioners and five special adviser...
“I ‘m a Founding Member of PDP” – Governor Ayade’s aide Refuses to Defect to APC, resigns
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“I ‘m a Founding Member of PDP” – Governor Ayade’s aide Refuses to Defect to APC, resigns

The Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Rt Hon. Barrister Mark Bukie Obi has tendered his resignation letter. In the letter dated June 7, 2021 and addressed to the Office of the Governor, Obi cited his unwillingness to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressive Congress with Ayade as reason for his resignation. "Following recent happenings in the political alignment of the State Governor, I am persuaded to review my involvement in the current state administration," the letter reads.   “Consequently, being a founding and subsisting member of the Peoples Democratic Party in Cross River State, I cannot in good conscience remain in my current appointment as Special Adviser. "I hereby resign my appoint...
International Community are Funding Secessionists- Governor Ayade
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International Community are Funding Secessionists- Governor Ayade

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers state has accused foreign countries of funding and supporting agitators for secession in Nigeria. Ayade made the allegation while speaking to state house correspondents after he visited President Buhari at the presidential villa on Thursday, June 3. According to him, some foreign countries target nations with natural resources and support secessionist agitations because they want to boost their gun trade. “The country is snowballing into a civil strife. We need to come together and support Mr. President to overcome the insurgency which is characterised by external militias who are paid for the purpose. I know very clearly that they have basic interest in our natural resources, especially our tantalite and cobalt-related derivatives, as well as ...
60% Of Girls In Secondary Schools In Cross River Are Not Virgins – Castro Ezama
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60% Of Girls In Secondary Schools In Cross River Are Not Virgins – Castro Ezama

The Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on Education, Castro Ezama, has said more than 60% of the girl child in secondary schools in Cross River State are not virgins. Ezama said this during a programme on FAD FM Radio in Calabar while speaking on government’s effort to improve the standard of education in the state. He said there was high level of promiscuity and permissiveness amongst students in the state. “50 or 60% of girls in our secondary schools are not virgins. And this is not good for the image of the state and of education.” However, a councillor representing Ward 7 in Bakassi Local Government Area, Grace Bassey, said such a statement was demeaning of the girl child. She ruled the statement which highlighted sexual issues about girls while excluding the boy child,...
Cross River Acting CJ Withdraws 29 Protesting Magistrates From Sitting In Court
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Cross River Acting CJ Withdraws 29 Protesting Magistrates From Sitting In Court

The Cross River State Acting Chief Judge (CJ), Justice Effiom Eyo-Ita, has withdrawn the 29 protesting magistrates, who on Monday and Tuesday last week took to the streets of Calabar to protest the non-payment of their two years’ salary by Governor Ben Ayade, from sitting. It would be recalled that Senior Magistrate Safiya Iyeh Ashipu of Odukpani Magisterial Division, had on Monday, January 4, led her two sons to the Government House, Calabar, with placards of various inscriptions, asking the governor to pay her 24-month unpaid salary. The following day, 28 other magistrates in the same plight as Ashipu, donning their full regalia stormed the Governor’s Office in protest against the non-payment of their salary for 24 months. During the protest, one of them, Richard Bassey, collap...
Pensioners Block Major Road In Calabar, Protest Non-Payment Of Entitlements
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Pensioners Block Major Road In Calabar, Protest Non-Payment Of Entitlements

Group of elderly pensioners were seen sitting on plastic chairs on major road in Calabar, Cross River State and singing "all we are saying, give us pension" as they demand payment of their pension. Pensioners in Cross River State have taken to the streets to protest the non-payment of their benefits to them by the state government since 2014. The pensioners, who were local government workers, blocked the Murtala Mohammed Highway in Calabar metropolis as they arranged chairs and sat on the two lanes of the road. They also chanted songs and carried placards as they asked Governor Ben Ayade to pay them their pensions. It was gathered that the pensioners were among those the state government announced to have been dead. It was gathered that some retirees, who have not been pai...
Obong Of Calabar Tells Ayade To “Step Aside And Learn About Governance”
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Obong Of Calabar Tells Ayade To “Step Aside And Learn About Governance”

The Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, has called on Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State to step aside to enable an interim administration teach him how to handle administration and governance. The monarch blamed Ayade for the looting and destruction of public and private properties that trailed the #endsars protest in the state last week. Speaking when Liyel Imoke, the former governor of the state paid him a visit on Saturday, October 31, 2020, the Obong said the attack happened partly because the governor was not holding regular security meetings. The monarch said, “He (Ayade) has not been holding security meeting regularly. This thing would not have happened if he had called the security people together after hearing what happened in Lagos and other places;...
Obong of Calabar asks Governor Ayade to step aside
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Obong of Calabar asks Governor Ayade to step aside

Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Otu has asked Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state to step aside.   Daily Trust reported that the monarch said this when Liyel Imoke, a former governor of the state paid homage to him.   The Obong blamed Ayade for the vandalism, looting and destruction of public and private property in the state last week. He maintained that the Governor needs to step aside to enable an interim administration come up so that he can learn governance.   He said;   “He (Ayade) has not been holding security meeting regularly. This thing would not have happened if he had called the security people together after hearing what happened in Lagos and other places; If he had called them together and tell them, look my friends; nothing should ...
Ayade Orders Arrest Of Civil Servants Leaking Information To Media
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Ayade Orders Arrest Of Civil Servants Leaking Information To Media

Governor Ayade orders arrest of top civil servants for allegedly leaking information to CrossRiverWatch. Suspects are currently detained at the anti-kidnapping and cultism unit, cultural center, Calabar. Our newsroom can confirm that the three top Civil Servants arrested on Monday in Calabar for allegedly leaking documents which showed the payment schedule of NGN250 million withdrawn from each of the Local Government Areas in Cross River State for the procurement of aircrafts and the construction of the Obudu international cargo airport have been granted administrative bail by an “order from above.” The Civil Servants include Mrs. Pauline Odey, who is the Director JAAC and Mr. Essien Antigha who is the Chief Executive Officer, Accounts in the Ministry of Local Government Affai...
Shan George Cries As Governor Ayade Appoints Her As Callywood Board Chairman
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Shan George Cries As Governor Ayade Appoints Her As Callywood Board Chairman

Nollywood actress, Shan George, has been appointed as Chairman of Cross River movie body (Callywood) by Governor Ben Ayade. She could not hide her excitement when she woke up to hear the good news. Sharing video of her crying via her Instagram Page, the veteran actress wrote: "I'm still in shock ������� I worked all night and went to bed at past 6am, I was sooooo tired, I crashed without having a bath or even wipe my face. I'm just waking up now, to this good news, of me being appointed as CHAIRMAN CALLYWOOD BOARD. (CALLYWOOD IS THE MOVIE BODY IN MY STATE) By His Excellency, Sir Ben Ayade, d Amiable Governor of Cross river state. Thank u very much Sir. Thank u crossrivarians. Praises to d Almighty God. I pray for God's guidance, so that I can do this job and not disappoi...
Agba Jalingo Regains Freedom after 6 Months in Prison
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Agba Jalingo Regains Freedom after 6 Months in Prison

Agba Jalingo, the publisher of Cross River Watch has regained freedom after spending 6 months in prison. Recall the journalist was charged with conspiracy, terrorism, treasonable felony and an attempt to topple the state government after he published a story of how Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River allegedly approved and diverted N500 million meant for the state’s microfinance bank. Jalingo who was granted a N10 million bail by a federal high court in Calabar, was released today February 17 after perfecting the bail conditions. Nigerian lawyer, First Baba Isa who shared a photo of him driving the journalist out from prison wrote; The joy of going to the Calabar Prisons and driving out with Agba Jalingo as a free man... Oh what a joy   ...
I think Agba Jalingo Should be Eeleased – Governor Ben Ayade
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I think Agba Jalingo Should be Eeleased – Governor Ben Ayade

Governor  Ben Ayade has expressed his desire to see the publisher of Cross River Watch, Agba Jalingo being released months after being arrested and arraigned on charges of treason. The Cross River State Governor who denied having a hand in the arrest and trial of the journalist, alleged that Agba Jalingo is being prosecuted by the Federal Government. Speaking to newsmen after a meeting with President Buhari at the state house in Abuja on Monday January 27, Ayade accused Jalingo of leaving journalism to meddle into politics as he disclosed that his arrest and trial is connected to Omoyele Sowore’s #RevolutionNow protest. He added that after Jalingo joined the protest, he stopped being seen as a journalist but as someone who is plotting to overthrow President Buhari's government...
I Think Agba Jalingo Should Be Released – Gov Ben Ayade
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I Think Agba Jalingo Should Be Released – Gov Ben Ayade

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has said he thinks the embattled journalist (Agba Jalingo) should be released from the prison. Speaking after a long silence on the matter, Governor Ayade said the journalist who is standing trial for treason and for allegedly criticising his government, acted out of youthful exuberance. “I am of the opinion that Agba should be released because I think he was just youthfully excited. “If you ask Agba Jalingo today, I am the one working with his lawyers for his freedom, I am the one sustaining him and sending upkeeps,” Ayade claimed. The governor also denied being the one who ordered the journalist’s arrest, stating that the case is between Agba Jalingo and the Federal Government. “In court, it is Federal Government versus Agba Jalingo, n...
Gedoni Appointed As Special Adviser To Governor Ben Ayade
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Gedoni Appointed As Special Adviser To Governor Ben Ayade

Former Big Brother Naija 2019 housemate, Gedoni Ekpata has been appointed as a Special Adviser to Cross State Governor Ben Ayade. The Cross River state governor only recently appointed music mogul, Ubi Franklin as a special adviser, and has now added another star to his team. Gedoni was appointed as Governor Ben Ayade’s Special Adviser on Garment Factory and Branding, and this was made known in a statement released by the Cross River State Governor’s media aide, Christian Ita. Read statement below; The state governor, His Excellency Sir Ben Ayade has approved the following appointments: 1. Dakwan Elizabeth Bambu- Special Adviser, Calas Vegas 2. Emmauel Bepe- Special Adviser, Executive Protocol 3. Rosemary Tutu Ekeng- DG, Investment Promotion 4. Erasmus Ekpang- Specia...
APC Is Notorious For Lies, Says Ayade
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APC Is Notorious For Lies, Says Ayade

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State had described the All Progressives Congress, APC as a group of persons notorious for lies. He said that the assertions credited to the APC chairman in the state, John Ochala over his return to school to pursue a Master’s degree in law at UNICAL were as laughable and pathetic, adding that”the party in the state is notorious for lies.” Yesterday, Ochala had described Governor Ayade as indolent and idle, who had time to return to school which he should have done when he was a senator or as a private person. Ochala said Ayade is bereft of ideas on how to govern the state which he said had been plagued with many problems and infrastructural decays. Ayade in a statement by his chief media adviser, Mr Christain Ita said it is “funny that a party l...
Doctors embark on indefinite strike over kidnap of colleague in Calabar
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Doctors embark on indefinite strike over kidnap of colleague in Calabar

The Cross River State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, on Friday, suspended their services in all hospitals in the state following the kidnap of a medical consultant with the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH). Dr. Marcus Asuquo Inyama was abducted by gunmen on his way home from work last Thursday evening. The victim is a Consultant Haematologist in the hospital. A statement jointly signed by the Chairman of the NMA in the state, Dr Agam Ayuk, and Secretary, Dr Ezoke Epoke, said the strike would continue until Inyama is released safely and unconditionally. “NMA is not unmindful of the impact of a strike action on the good people of the state; however, we cannot continue to save lives while ours is under constant threat by bandits and kidnappers,” the statem...
Governor Ayade Gets 14-Day Ultimatum To Conduct LG Election In Cross River
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Governor Ayade Gets 14-Day Ultimatum To Conduct LG Election In Cross River

Five Non Governmental Organisations in Cross River State, namely: Cross River State for Good Governance, (CRSFGG), Cross River Accountability Forum, (CRAF), Cross River Society Network, (CRSN), Cross River Coalition For Justice, (CRCFJ), and Arise for Local Government Autonomy, (AFLGA), have given the Governor of the State, Prof Ben Ayade, a 14-day ultimatum to begin the process of conducting local government election in the state or they will take to the streets in protest. Speaking to journalists in Cross River State on behalf of the NGOs, Comrade Emmanuel Agbor said the PDP administration led by Gov Ben Ayade has failed the people as he has refused to conduct local government elections since the last set of council chairmen and councillors elected during the administration of for...
Governor Ayade Commissions Ultra-Modern Toothpick Factory In Cross River State
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Governor Ayade Commissions Ultra-Modern Toothpick Factory In Cross River State

Cross River State governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has commissioned an ultra-modern toothpick factory at Ekori, Yarkurr Local Government Area of the state. The factory is said to be capable of producing 31 million toothpicks in a day. Speaking at the event, Ayade disclosed that “this administration was trying to create an economy that will radically alter the economic landscape of the state. The country does not just change by mere promulgation of policy, the country changes by systematic, active but very visionary step by step approach towards the realisation of set objectives and one of the set objectives is to move Cross River State from the third world to the first world under my eight years in office.” “The Ministry of Agriculture in 2016 decried an average of 18 million do...
I’ll Rather Suffer Defeat Than Lose My Name—Gov Ayade
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I’ll Rather Suffer Defeat Than Lose My Name—Gov Ayade

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has allayed fears over his re-election prospects, saying he would rather suffer defeat than lose his name, noting that his performance would earn him a second term. Governor Ayade, who made the assertion while speaking with newsmen in Calabar, said: “I am not worried about my re-election because my work will speak volumes. We have been able to create thousands of jobs within the last three years in various sectors. “Appointees and employees, who are now in the employment of the government, also know that my re-election is not just about me, but about them. If I don’t come back they will be out of jobs. “Imagine people who earned little or nothing, but now earn above N200,000. Thousands of families are benefiting from our policies and program...
Florence Ita-giwa Defects From APC To PDP, Backs Ayade For 2nd Term
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Florence Ita-giwa Defects From APC To PDP, Backs Ayade For 2nd Term

Senator Florence Ita-Giwa has announced her defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) back to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) just as she also backed the second bid of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers State ahead of the 2019 general elections. In an interview monitored by INDEPENDENT on Hit 95.5 FM on Thursday, Ita-Giwa says she was defecting to the PDP due to the level of confusion she saw in the APC, and that she had never seen any party that is as confused as the APC in all her life. She also denied that she had an ambition to be the Deputy Governor of the state.
Ayade Under Fire Over ‘Signature Projects’, Unfulfilled Promises
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Ayade Under Fire Over ‘Signature Projects’, Unfulfilled Promises

A group, Movement for Restoration of Cross River State, says Governor Ben Ayade’s signatory projects have failed as none has taken off fully. On assumption of office, Ayade promised to embark on three signature projects, including the 260 km Super Highway, Deep Sea Port and Garment Factory. Over two years after the vow, none of the projects has been actualised. A statement made available to DAILY POST and signed by Comrade Duke Duke Etim, coordinator; Justine Abgor Comrade, secretary general and Paulinus Simeon Oko, Publicity secretary, regretted the state of the projects. “The Governor is still deluding Cross Riverians with empty promises, signing MOUs without practicalizing it and still building castle in the air. “The deep sea port and super highway are now a mirage, and the so-cal...
Ayade Takes Joy Odama’s Murder Case To Buhari
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Ayade Takes Joy Odama’s Murder Case To Buhari

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, yesterday, vowed to take the case of murdered 200 Level student of the Department of Mass Communication, Cross River State University of Technology, CRUTECH, Joy Odama, to President Muhammadu Buhari. Governor Ayade spoke through the Director General, Due Process and Price Intelligence Bureau, Governor’s Office, Calabar, Cross River State, Alphonsus Eba, at a briefing in Abuja. The governor also said the matter might be pursued to the Supreme Court for justice to prevail no matter how slow the wheel of justice might be. He said: “The gruesome and dastardly murder of Miss Joy Odama an indigene of Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State is one loss which pain is not just felt by Cross Riverians alone, but Nigerians and the world. “W...
Buhari Personally Negotiated Lagos-calabar Rail Project Funding – Osinbajo
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Buhari Personally Negotiated Lagos-calabar Rail Project Funding – Osinbajo

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari personally re-negotiated the funding of the Lagos-Calabar rail project under the China-Exim loan agreement. Osinbajo, who departed Calabar on Friday after a two-day working visit to the state, had during a town hall meeting with stakeholders on Thursday, said the Federal Government was desirous of assisting the state after ceding of Bakassi to Cameroon. He also disclosed that the Odukpani-Ikot Ekpene road was captured in the 2017 budget, adding that the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Uguru Usani, was also pressing for the reconstruction of the Calabar-Ogoja Road. He promised that issues of militancy in the Bakassi region raised by stakeholders during the town hall meeting would be addres...
Fulani Herdsmen Kill 10 In Cross River
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Fulani Herdsmen Kill 10 In Cross River

At least 10 people have allegedly been killed in by Fulani herdsmen Obio Usiere in Eniong Abatim, Odukapni local government area of Cross River State. The Village Head the Obio Usiere, Apostle Iya Effiong Orok, on Saturday told reporters that although it was earlier reported that two members of the community were killed last week in an attack by the herdsmen, they had discovered that eight more persons were killed. According to him, the two people earlier reported were just people whose bodies were recovered immediately as at the time of the first attack. His words, “We have lost nothing less than 10 people in this attack by Fulani herdsmen. They normally come during the dry season to feed their cattle in our area, the same incident occurred two years ago when two people were shot...
Five PDP Governors​ Join Sheriff’s Camp
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Five PDP Governors​ Join Sheriff’s Camp

…Sheriff moves to stop Makarfi from challenging PH ruling ABUJA—At least five of the 11 governors in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are openly engaged with the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff leadership of the party, Vanguard has learnt. The gains by the Sheriff tendency in the party came as Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State asked factional chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, to step down his claim upon the reality of the Court of Appeal judgment upholding Sheriff as national chairman. Meanwhile, National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, has applied to the Supreme Court seeking to stop Senator Ahmed Makarfi from using the name of the party to challenge the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt which affirmed him as the authentic chairman of the party. Besides...
Man Found Dead Along Ibom Layout In Cross River State
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Man Found Dead Along Ibom Layout In Cross River State

According to Ifere Paul who shared the story, the unidentified middle-aged man was found dead along Ibom Layout in Calabar, Cross Rivers state this morning. He wrote: "The Spate of Killing In Calabar Is Worrisome. One found dead this morning close to Ekpo Okon's house at Ibom Layout. Please the Police should identify the corpse and remove same from the Street while investigation on the cause of death and other inquiries. It is important that members of the Police to work more proactively to ensure the safety to lives and properties in Calabar. Allowing dead bodies close to a politician's house like that of Ekpo Okon will send the wrong signals to the public. Most important is the fact that the number one citizen of the State, Governor Ben Ayade, to be strict and tighte...
Governor Ayade Pays December Salary
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Governor Ayade Pays December Salary

CALABAR – The action of a PDP governor paying December salary on the 1st of December has sparked jubilation among the state government workers. It’s early Christmas for Civil Servants in this state. Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State yesterday, December 1 paid the December salary of all civil servants in the state, Brainnews NG reports. The governor had promised to carry out the action during a retreat for political appointees at the Obudu Ranch Resort recently. As reported by Brainnewsng.com Ayade had always paid the workers early since he assumed office in May 2015. In May, salaries were paid on the first day to mark Workers’ Day. While last month salaries were paid on November 15. The governor however urged the workers to be prudent on how they spend their salary,...
Governor Ben Ayade Says He Married His Wife A Virgin
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Governor Ben Ayade Says He Married His Wife A Virgin

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State said yesterday that he married his wife as a virgin. And that presenting your body as a virgin is the greatest gift any woman could possibly hand to her husband. Speaking during a lecture on the HIV/AIDS scourge to mark the 2016 World Aids Day in Calabar, Governor Ayade said: “I should say to the teenagers here today that when somebody leads you to the altar, at the end of that day he should be glad to say I married my wife a virgin.” The governor stated that young people easily gave in to sex due to financial inducement, peer pressure and influence of international movies and believed that with the use of condom they were secure from HIV, which in most cases was not full-proof protection against the pandemic. According to the governor, ...
Cross River to Float Airline, ‘Cally Air’ by November
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Cross River to Float Airline, ‘Cally Air’ by November

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River says the state government is to float an airline, to be called ‘Cally Air’ as part of its tourism investment drive. Ayade said this on Monday in Calabar while playing host to a consortium of Indian investors. According to him, the airline will be managed by Dana Group under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement. The governor said the airline will debut in November and would fly Calabar, Obudu, Lagos and Abuja routes. “We have our own state’s aircraft currently in Aero Contractors‘ fleet in Lagos. The management of Dana Airline has agreed to do a detailed technical study of the aircraft before it commences commercial flight operations,” he said. Ayade said the state was in a haste to get the airline started while Dana Airline would s...

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