Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade has taken a swipe on Bishop Josef Bassey, General Overseer of God's Heritage Centre, popularly called Gloryland, in Calabar, who recently attacked his style of governance in the state.
According to Bassey, Ayade had taken the state 30 years backwards. For this, the preacher said Ayade did not deserve the privilege of a re-election. In fact, he said the governor should not present himself for a re-election in 2019.
But the governor who reacted through his chief press secretary, Mr. Christian Ita, countered the bishop saying the man was “suffering from optical illusion or alien to the truth. Let him go and run his church.
“Cross River receives the least allocation from the federal government and yet, we have meaningful projects on ground.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is coming to Calabar on June 26 to commission the largest rice city factory in Africa.
“The garment factory that was built by Ayade is functioning with over 3,000 workers, mainly widows.
“The power plant in Calabar is almost being completed and the toothpick factory in Yakurr local government is almost completed too.
“The East-West road in Boki local government has been completed among other numerous projects of the governor.'' he noted.
Bassey had said while addressing journalists in that state that “whatever happens in Cross River State is crucial to us. We are stakeholders in the Cross River State project. Every society like humans has a destiny. We are interested in the fulfilment of the prophetic destiny of the state. We are worried that things have gone wrong and strangely people are not talking ahead of 2019.
“If everybody is being cowed, the church of Jesus should not be cowed. We should be able to speak truth to power. Cross River needs to be rescued as a matter of urgency. People are crying; they are agonizing. Pressure is now on the church. When a state fails, the church becomes the shock-absorber. That is what is happening now.”