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Apex court ruling: Ayade runs to God

By Anietie Akpan, Calabar   |   09 October 2016   |   4:32 am

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

Ahead of the December 9, 2016 Supreme Court ruling on the protracted pre-election litigation over the Cross River state 2015 governorship election, Governor Ben Ayade has said that only God can save him.

Ayade, who went spiritual while speaking to his supporters at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Friday, said: “God is greater than any law and might.”

The governor spoke against the background of the case instituted by Mr. Joe Agi (SAN), in which he alleged that Ayade falsified his age contrary to Articles 14 and 15 of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) Electoral Guideline.

However, a mild drama trailed the governor’s seven minutes speech, as some of the supporters openly displayed a mock coffin with the inscription, “Joe RIP” alongside a red banner with an insignia depicting a skull with crossed bones.

It would be recalled that a day before the impromptu airport welcome rally, the PDP women leader in the state, Vera Obibessong, had at the Ernest Etim Bassey Press Centre, prayed that “those fighting our governor to derail or to be removed, do not want to see him complete the first four year tenure.”

Ayade said: “You may have the capacity to manipulate anybody but you can never manipulate God… Today we are before the court of man to decide the fate and destiny of Cross River people. God shall take control.”

However, a former PDP Senatorial aspirant for Cross River North and former Special Adviser to the governor on Contact and Strategy, Rev. Ray Ugba Murphy, described what is going on in Ayade’s government as pretentious.

He said “every right thinking person should condemn completely and in totality, this whole idea of people carrying coffins in the name of politics.

It is an inter-party matter and Joe has been exercising his rights as a citizen.”

Meanwhile, the Cross River chapter of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in a statement signed by Baron Eyo and Paddy Ally, chairman and secretary respectively; frowned at the drama at the Supreme Court, where a political party denies it’s member.

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