BY: Nick Nwaneri, Calabar
Cross River state governor, Sir Ben Ayade has broken his silence over the direction of the state come 2023 general elections.
Ayade disclosed that the state will work hard to ensure the victory of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the 2023 Presidential election.
He broke the silence for the first time after the party’s Presidential primaries in Calabar while speaking to newsmen.
Ayade said “I remain committed to the victory of the party at the polls regardless of the outcome of the presidential primaries.”
He said at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, that “as for my presidential ambition, indeed, l am grateful to God that He gave me the opportunity to showcase to the country what I had to offer. I am happy because sincerely, l like the reactions that l have received from various people about my speech at the primaries.”
The governor said “there was a clear indication that everyone knew that l had something to offer this country, but it was not my time, it was not my day. It was someone else’s and l am happy for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who has taken the ticket of our party”.
“Based on the principle of our party, we will all work to deliver him come 2023. Cross River will ensure a hundred percent votes for our presidential candidate.”
On his recent foreign business trip, Ayade disclosed that the object of his visit to Spain was to explore opportunities for the take off of Cally Airline as an entity.
“I just got back from Spain where l went for an extensive meeting and discussions with the intent to actually bring oxygen to Cally Air. As you are well aware, Cally Air has two aircraft and we need three to be licensed to actually run an independent airline. That has been a challenge for sometime now.”
According to the governor, “We had a useful and fruitful conversation with some companies out there with the intention to provide us one aircraft that will enable us have three aircraft, so we can run in full swing.”
Ayade further hinted that “we have spoken to some cargo companies to see how they can partner with us for the Obudu Cargo Airport. Work at the airport has reached a very advanced stage and l am very convinced and confident that before long, the Obudu Cargo Airport should be fully operational. So we need to start having a foot falls ahead of time. That explains why l really took out time to get that done.”