Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has reinstated all his appointees who resigned to contest the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries with immediate effect.
It had been reported that Governor Ayade, prior to the APC primaries, directed all his appointees interested in contesting for elective posts in 2023 general elections to resign their appointments.
In a statement on Tuesday, July 5, the governor directed the affected former appointees to report to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) for their immediate reinstatement.
The statement which was signed by Linus Obogo, Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the governor read:
“The Cross River State governor, Sir Ben Ayade, has directed all former political appointees who had earlier resigned to contest the just concluded primaries of the All Progressives Congress Party (APC) to report to the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) with immediate effect for their reinstatement.
“The affected persons are also expected to meet with the Auditor-General for documentation and capturing in the payroll.”
Meanwhile, as the invasion of Nko community in Yakurr Local Government Area by men of the Nigerian Army continues to attract public rebuke, Governor Ben Ayade has ordered the State Commissioner of Police, and other Service Chiefs to move into the community with immediate effect.
Though the reason for the move cannot be ascertained at press time but from all indication, it seems more like an inspection of the raid.
This was on the heels when men of the Nigerian Army were drafted from nearby Edor barracks in Ikom, Cross River, and 82 Division, Enugu to quell the communal war between Nko and Onyadama on Saturday June 25, 2022.
In the wee hours of Sunday, June 26 by 12 am, the soldiers staged a raid – razing down buildings and firing live bullets at villagers, alleging that six of their personnel were killed by Nko youths, an allegation the community vehemently denies.
Governor Ayade had ordered military sustenance in Nko after he had de-certified Chiefs of Nko, Onyadama, and all other traditional rulers in the two warring communities; a pronouncement which further generated public uproar.