Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has described his re-election as reward for his achievements in office; during his first term.
The governor, who spoke to newsmen at the Calachicka Chicken Processing Plant in Calabar, the state capital, during an inspection tour of the factory, explained that he felt challenged by his victory, and that was the reason he hit the ground running by embarking on project inspections; few hours after being declared winner.
“Election has come and gone and the task of rebuilding Cross River must continue; it must not be paused by election victory.
“That was why a few hours after being declared winner, I came here, under the blazing sun inspecting ongoing projects. Of course, this is Calachika chicken processing plant,” the governor said.
Thanking the people of Cross River for re-electing him on the basis of his achievements in office, the state number one citizen, said it would have been strange if he had lost the election.
“A governor that does not owe salaries, that lifted embargo on employment, expanded government by appointing 8,000 people into office; a governor that has industrialised the state, why wouldn’t such a governor be re-elected?
“I won in all polling units. It has never happened in the history of Cross River,” he further stated.
Governor Ayade urged Cross Riverians to unite and join him in fixing the state, saying his philosophy of politics with ethics abhors making or keeping political enemies.
“I don’t have a friend in PDP and an enemy in APC or any other party. It’s against my politics with ethics philosophy. I see all Cross Riverians as one.”