Thirty-three political parties under the aegis of Conference of Nigeria Political parties, CNPP, on Friday congratulated the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, on his re-election.
Addressing newsmen in Calabar, the state capital, Chairman of CNPP in the state, Sunday Michael, called on governorship candidates from other parties, including the All Progressives Congress, APC to support the Ayade administration to succeed.
Stating that the election of March 9 was free, fair and credible as well as devoid of violence, Michael urged other political party Chairmen and governorship candidates to also congratulate Ayade.
He assured that the thirty-three political parties have pledged to come together and work with the incumbent to take the state to higher level
According to Michael: “At the end of the final collation by the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, one of us, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prof Ben Ayade had the popular mandate and was subsequently declared the winner and governor Elect by INEC.
“Elections have come and gone and our general assessment of the polls shows that the elections were relatively free, fair and credible. It is on this premise that we the governorship candidates and chairmen of political parties say a big congratulation to his Excellency, Prof Ben Ayade.
“We urge His Excellency, to see this victory as the validation of the trust of the majority of the people had in him to continue in his industrialization drive, youth empowerment, job creation.
“We shall be glad to see the realization of his flagship projects including the Super HA chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-East zone, Comrade Chinedu Ogah, has expressed disappointment that some notable politicians and a diplomat from the region worked against the interest of President Muhammadu Buhari, before and during the February 23 Presidential/National Assembly elections.
Consequently, he said the APC might not be predisposed to cede the presidency to an Igbo in 2023.
In an interview with Authority Newspaper, Ogah who was APC House of Representatives candidate for Ikwo/Ezza South federal constituency of Ebonyi State in the just concluded general elections, said some prominent Igbo politicians reneged on their promise to mobilize the electorate in the area to vote massively for the APC presidential candidate in the election.
He said: “The votes recorded for President Buhari in the South-East are not enough for us to demand that an Igbo should be made president on the platform of APC in 2023.
“Don’t forget that a ranking senator from the zone led a delegation to Mr. President, and they promised that they will deliver him in the South-East if he supported them to win their elections, yet at the end of the day, they disappointed him.
“Do you know that even a serving Nigerian Ambassador who hails from the South-East, worked against President Buhari? He was busy before and during the election telling the electorate to vote for Atiku Abubakar. But when he noticed that Buhari was winning, he ran away.
“You can see that we are not ready for a Nigerian president from Igbo extraction come 2023 based on our attitude to Mr. President and the APC.”
Comrade Ogah maintained that he won the House of Representatives election in Ikwo/Ezza South federal constituency, but alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) rigged the election in favour of the candidate of the PDP.
Ogah expressed confidence that he will reclaim his mandate at the tribunal.igh-way, Deep Sea port ,Spaghetti Flyover and the development of New Cities in your second coming.”