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CROSS RIVER: Governor Ayade comes under fire

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has been accused by a former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice under the Donald Duke administration of making his brother the ‘Co-Governor of the State.

Barrister Eyo Ekpo who made the claim in a statement issued on Monday in the State capital, Calabar, also called for the impeachment of Governor Ayade.

He blamed the State House of Assembly for not yet initiating an impeachment process against Ayade, saying the Governor has committed a lot of impeachable offences.

He said, “It was unfortunate that members of the House of Assembly were turning a blind eye to the excesses of the governor, while allowing the state to drift. Eyo Ekpo listed the governor’s offences to include, but not limited to, having four budgets without implementing anyone.

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“Spending money without accounting for it, running government in secrecy, and calling his brother “Co-governor” which has given the brother more influence in government than the elected Deputy Governor, a name that has no place in the constitution of the country.

“Look, we have had four budgets and he has not implemented any of them; he has been spending money without accounting, without publicly accounting for it. Look at how he has been running government, he calls his brother co-governor; his brother has more influence in government than the deputy governor; all these are impeachable offences,” Ekpo said.

Ekpo regretted that, “Nobody in the House will make a move to impeach him. Ayade will not and cannot be impeached even if he goes to Watt market and behead a man in the afternoon.”

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