Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has been endorsed by some members of the House of Representatives representing Cross River State for the 2019 governorship election.
They have collectively pledged their unalloyed support for his re-election bid and vowed to confront anybody who stands in the way of the governor's quest to return for a second term.
At the forefront of the support for Ayade's return are Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe and Daniel Asuquo both representing Ogoja/Yala and Akamkpa/Biase federal constituencies respectively.
Both of them said they were speaking the minds of the other six members in the House, describing as “unfair” efforts at sending Ayade packing in 2019 after only four years in office.
Agom said any attempt to dislodge Ayade from Government House would be resisted, arguing that the principle of fairness meant the governor be allowed to complete his eight years just as his predecessors, former governors; Donald Duke and Liyel Imoke.
Speaking about disaffection in the party against automatic tickets for serving members of the National Assembly, Agom said “in our party's constitution, there is something like consensus and people now take it out of context and say it is automatic ticket.
“There is no automatic ticket for anybody. Primaries for House of Representatives is on the 30th of September and we expect that those who want to express themselves beyond what the party has said in terms of consensus should come to the field and express themselves.”
Also speaking on the controversial automatic ticket, Asuquo observed that giving serving members 'right of first refusal' should not be seen as a crime, and therefore appealed to those crying foul over the issue to sheathe their swords rather than threaten to defect.
“Authentic family members who know that it is good to build what they benefited from do not behave like people who preach on the pulpit and break the pulpit so that nobody stands there to preach again. Here in Cross River state, of what effect are those defections? Nothing!
“So for us, it is an ongoing thing and we are also reconciling but for those who believe they are bigger than the constitution and the party, so be it. And I tell you the truth, check their numbers, where they defect to might even be worse with them as politicians,” he said.
On Ayade's second term bid, Asuquo said it would be improper for the governor not to complete his second term since power should return to the South in 2023.