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Cross River APC decries Ayade’s decision to pursue master’s degree in law

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Cross River State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has criticised Governor Ben Ayade’s decision of returning to school for a master’s degree in law, describing it as a sign of idleness.

It noted that the governor has remained in office without any tangible achievement as none of his key projects has been completed. Ayade recently registered for his Masters degree in Law at the University of Calabar, an action action has received knocks from a cross section of the public, with many people calling for his impeachment.State Chairman of the party, John Ochala, who stated this yesterday in Calabar, said any serious minded governor would not leave governance and go back to school.

Ochala lamented the dilapidated roads and structures across the state, insisting that the state was handed over to an unserious person who has continued to drag it backwards.“We are talking about dilapidated roads, schools, health infrastructure, poor revenue generation capacity and other infrastructure. These are not enough to bother the governor. All that bothers him is to use public funds to go back to school. Why didn’t he go to school when he was a Senator?

“He is doing this to divert peoples’ attention from his failed administration. Of what socio-political or economic value is his going to school to Cross River people? The schools he attended before now, how has he impacted the knowledge on the people other than economic underdevelopment?
“Look at the various white elephant projects he said he was carrying out without any tangible impact on the state. Let the governor tell us how much he has generated so far from all his so-called projects.

Because he is actually idle, he wants to go to school, so that he will tell the students in the university that he is the governor of the state. Ayade likes showmanship,” he said.The party also condemned the governor’s refusal to conduct councils’ election thereby rendering governance at the local level impotent.“Governor Ayade lied to Mr. President about his so called super highway project, from the day of ground breaking ceremony till date, nothing has been done concerning the roads, please help me advice him to get busy with the roads and other infrastructure begging for attention since it is obvious that the governor is idle,” the party added.

But reacting, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Christian Ita described the criticism as sheer idiocy, adding: “The criticism is sheer idiocy because there is no law stopping anybody from going to school, including those occupying public offices. “The late former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe had most of his degrees while in public office.”

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