Ayade gets rousing reception in Imoke's country home

Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade  (2nd R) dancing to the rhythms of itigidi traditional drums with the immediate past Governor of Cross River, Senator Liyel Imoke (1st R), during a new year visit to the former governor at his home town of itigidi, Abi Local Government of Cross River State. with them (L-R) Speaker, CRHA, Rt. Hon. John Gaul Lebo, Member Representing Beckwara-Obudu-Obanliku Federal Constituency, Hon. Lego Idagbo and the state Chief of Staff, Hon. Martins Orim. Monday

Cross River State governor, Professor Ben Ayade on Monday got a rousing welcome in Itigidi, the country home of former governor Liyel Imoke.

Ayade was in Itigidi to celebrate the New Year with Imoke.

The visit which later morphed into a political rally drew politicians across party lines, former and serving political appointees, legislators, women, traditional rulers and youths from within and outside the state to the venue.

Sea of heads comprising youths, elders, women as well as traditional rulers and other party faithful drawn from across the state all poured into Itigidi to share in the felicitation with Governor Ayade and his immediate predecessor, Imoke.

Chants of "Digital, Digital, Digital," a sobriquet which the governor has become famous with, enveloped the electric atmosphere for Ayade as they displayed placards which were boldly written, "Ayade no shaking," "Carry go, talk and do governor," "2019, No vacancy in Diamond Hill House," "Ayade, na u we know," "Digital governor, no shaking 2019," "Salary Master", among others echoed throughout the duration of the celebration.

Fielding questions from newsmen, Ayade said: "Anybody who understands the politics of Cross River and knows the significance of today, will know that first January is a day set aside to honour Imoke, to show him that we are the same family and that the political family is perfectly intact."

Continuing, the governor intimated that "it shows there are no cracks, no crisis, no skirmishes in the family. We remain one and indivisible entity as we have always been known, in the PDP family of Cross River state."

Commenting, Imoke extolled the humility displayed by his successor, pointing out that "for honouring this day, it shows Ayade's depth of humility, a sign of respect and indication of his commitment to the political family."

Imoke further added that "this gesture truly explains his (Ayade) understanding and we thank him. 2018 is a great year that we will crystallise the kinetics."
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