Ex-PDP chair­man de­fends Ayade’s for­eign trips

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Eyo Charles, Calabar

A for­mer chair­man of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State, Nt­u­fam John Okon has said that the state gov­er­nor, Prof Ben Ayade, does not em­bark on for­eign trips just for the fun of it.

Some con­cerned ci­ti­zens have been crit­i­cal of the gov­er­nor for his “in­ces­sant trav­els abroad” in the name of meet­ing with po­ten­tial in­vestors, some­times stay­ing away up to two months with­out ced­ing pow­ers to his deputy.

Okon ad­vised the crit­ics not to dis­si­pate their en­ergy as the gov­er­nor was work­ing hard to de­velop the state.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists in Calabar, Okon said: “As some­one close to the gov­er­nor, I’m in a bet­ter po­si­tion to know him than the crit­ics. Gov­er­nor Ayade has never trav­eled abroad with­out hav­ing the in­ter­est of the state at heart.

“You know that the econ­omy is very bad and the only way to de­velop this state is to sell it to in­vestors. How would peo­ple in­vest in the Su­per High­way, the deep sea port and other laud­able pro­grammes of the gov­er­nor if he stays back in the state?” Okon asked.

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