Cross River: Speaker Otu praises Tinubu for removing Okang from the NDDC board.

The government of Cross River State has formally commended President Bola Tinubu for respecting the wishes of the people of the state by replacing an erstwhile stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), ASU Okang, as commissioner representing the state on the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). CONTINUE READING>>>>>

The government stated this while addressing some youths who marched from the UJ Esuene Stadium to the premises of the state House of Assembly on Saturday afternoon.

Represented by his Chief of staff, Emmanuel Ironbar, the state governor, Prince Bassey Otu, said the president may have been ill-advised to have endorsed Okang, but that he has reinforced confidence on the minds of the people by quickly replacing him with Mr Orok Duke.

The governor said, “The president has made us very proud and has shown himself as a true democrat and a listening president. By rescinding the appointment of one Mr Asu Okang, according to the public demand of our people, it shows that the president loves our state much.

“His action has reinforced our faith and deep love for our party”, he said.

The governor commended the party’s supporters and youths for their peaceful disposition throughout the saga, advising them to persist on peace.

Speaking earlier in a similar vein, the Speaker said the president’s swift response has changed their earlier position.

He said the Assembly was to have reacted in an unfriendly manner over the appointment, which made them deeply unhappy.

“Had the president not reacted favourably to the popular desire of the people, the Assembly had taken a position that whereas the executive arm of state government may take a diplomatic towards the matter, we were not to be soft. But we are grateful to the president for swiftly repealing the appointment.”

The Speaker insisted that the state governor must always be consulted in all matters about the state.

Barrister Ekpenyong Akiba, a key aide to the governor, said the appointment of Okang came to them as a big shock and embarrassment.…… Continue Your Reading

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