Cross River 2019: Ndoma-Egba “Under Pressure” To Challenge Ayade
BY SOLA SADIQ – –
Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba is under enormous pressure to contest the governorship seat of Cross River State in 2019, one of his aides has exclusively revealed.
The aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that the major stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state are of the opinion that the former Senate Leader, who defected to the ruling party shortly after the 2015 general elections, remains the only formidable candidate that can give the incumbent governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, a run for his money in the next election.
The APC in the state is said to fancy its chances of dislodging the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the government house due to the alleged lackluster performance of the governor since he assumed office about two years ago.
Dismissing the governor’s well-publicized achievements, which include the construction of a major super highway in Calabar, the take-off of the Calabar Garment Factory and the state Pharmaceutical Industry, to mention but a few, Ndoma Egba’s aide said: “These are all propaganda. First, the construction of the so-called highway and the pharmaceutical company are yet to start as we speak, while the Garment Factory which the governor is claiming credit for, is not owned by the state government.”
In a related development, rumours of the governor’s planned defection to the APC are yet to subside. However, the alleged move may likely face stiff opposition from prominent chieftains of the APC in the state, who say Ayade’s alleged “unpopularity” may rub off negatively on the party.