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Supreme Court rules on Cross River governorship tussle today


Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade

Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade

A palpable apprehension has gripped the capital, Calabar and other major towns as the Supreme Court rules today on Cross River State’s governorship tussle.

Joe Agi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and stalwart of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had dragged the incumbent governor, Ben Ayade, to court over alleged age falsification.

At the last sitting, the party withdrew its pleadings at the lower court and aligned with Agi’s submission, which seeks to unseat Ayade for alleging lying in his nomination forms in contravention to the ruling political grouping’s extant laws.

The Guardian learnt that the governor and some of his aides had relocated to Abuja ahead of the verdict.

It was also learnt that supporters on both divides had printed T-shirts in anticipation of victory while an unusual calm was noticed around the governor’s office although a celebration committee had been put in place. However, Christmas preparations were on.

A former Special Adviser to the governor, Ray Morphy, said: “Whatever be the outcome on Friday at the Supreme Court, the victory belongs to the people.”

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  • HeOjAy

    Thank God it’s all over for our amiable Govr. to concentrate in providing good governance to Cross Riverians. Now, I urge you your Excellency to come out full force & complete your signature projects which you promised the people of Cross River State. In fact, these two projects are employers of labour & revenue generators for the state. Keep your visions alive & make Cross River State great.

  • HeOjAy

    We Cross Riverians rejoice with our amiable Gov. His Excellency Prof. Ayade of his victory at the Supreme Court as it was in the polls. This is a clear testimony to the fact that God wants to use you improve the lots of the people of the State. Cross River State shall continue to remain the strong hold of PDP & credible leaders would continue to from it. Now we urge to go full force to complete your signature projects that is the Deep Sea Port/Super Highway & the Garments Factory which are not only employers of labour but also another revenue earner to the state.