21st June, 2022
By George Odok
Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River on Tuesday promised that the people of the state would work hard to ensure the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential flag bearer, Sen. Bola Tinubu in the 2023 election.
Ayade spoke to journalists at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar.
He said he remained committed to the victory of APC at the polls, regardless of the outcome of the recent presidential primaries of the party.
“As for my presidential ambition, indeed, l am grateful to God that he gave me the opportunity to showcase to the country what I had to offer.
“I am happy because sincerely, l like the reactions that l have received from various people about my speech at the primaries.
“There was a clear indication that everyone knew that l had something to offer this country, but it was not my time, it was not my day.
“It was someone else’s and l am happy for Sen. Bola Tinubu who has taken the ticket of our party.
“Based on the principle of our party, we will all work to deliver him come 2023. Cross River will ensure 100 per cent votes for our presidential candidate,” he said.
On his recent foreign business trip to Spain, Ayade disclosed that the aim of his visit was to explore opportunities for the take off of Cally Airline as an entity.
“I just got back from Spain where l went for an extensive meeting and discussions with the intent to actually bring oxygen to Cally Air.
“As you are well aware, Cally Air has two aircraft and we need three to be licensed to actually run an independent airline. That has been a challenge for sometime now.
“We had a fruitful conversation with some companies out there with the intention to provide us one aircraft that will enable us have three aircraft, so we can run in full swing,” he said.
The governor added that he also held some discussions with some cargo companies to see how they could partner with the state for the Obudu Cargo Airport.
“Work at the airport has reached an advanced stage and l am very convinced and confident that before long, the Obudu Cargo Airport should be fully operational.
“So, we need to start having a foot falls ahead of time. That explains why l really took out time to get that done, he said. (NAN)