No fewer than four top aides of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state have resigned their positions in the state.
NIGERIA NEWS gathers that the four state commissioners resigned from their respective offices to seek elective position ahead of the 2019 general election.
The commissioners including that of education, Godwin Ettah; Works, Osim Arsu; commerce, Peter Egba and commissioner for new cities, George Ekpungu resigned their positions in compliance with Governor Ben Ayade’s directive that all aides seeking elective offices should resign.
Similarly, some other aides of the governor that also resigned their positions include the secretary to the state government, Tina Agbor; several other special advisers and personal assistants to the governor.
Ettah, while speaking on his resignation on Wednesday, September 5, said he would be contesting for the post of senator for the Central district of the state.
He said the purpose of his senatorial ambition is based on the need to have a humble and competent person who can deliver the dividends of effective representation to the people of the district and he fits that description.
According to him: “Most times in a contest like this, so many arguments are put forward by many aspirants just to get elected but when the wrong person gets into such position the people suffer.”
In a related development, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that some unknown gunmen ransacked Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) in Cross River on Wednesday, September 5.