Edem Edem, Calabar
Chairman of Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC), Cross River State Chapter, Mr. Goddie Akpama has criticised Mr. Joe Agi over unwarranted comment on Governor Ben Ayade. The IPAC Chairman in a chart with newsmen in Calabar, warned Agi to desist from distracting the governor from his determination to transform Cross River State. Akpama said, “they have been disturbing distractions coming from the least of quarters especially in a suit filed by one of the gubernatorial aspirants of the PDP, Mr. Joe Agi (SAN).
Joe Agi who has been unrelenting in his onslaught on the governor has not only limited his struggle to emerge as unarguably one of the most unpopular governors anywhere in the world but reducing his personal attack on the governor to a circus show” The IPAC Chairman also wondered why Agi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) should resort to discussing his suit against the governor along the streets and sit outs in Calabar adding that, “he has made his celebrated court matter a media affair and this is a very unethical approach by a SAN.
“The latest gimmick is to place full page advertorials by faceless groups in newspapers where the authors have already pronounced guilty as charge judgment on the person of the governor. It is utterly unpatriotic, selfish, anti-development, unacceptable and a disservice to Cross River for anybody to contrive to distract the governor” “We of the inter-party Advisory council in Cross River State wish to condemn in unequivocal terms the unwholesome behaviour of Mr. Joe Agi (SAN)” Akpama said that though the immediate past governor of the State, Senator Liyel Imoke ‘arrogantly handpicked’ candidates for elective positions within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ayade’s emergence was however a refreshingly welcome outcome of that process.
The IPAC Chairman further said that Cross Riverians have since come to terms with the reality that Ayade is the popularly elected governor of the state, adding that in his few weeks in office, he has demonstrated his desire and commitment to moving the state to the next level.