N4b LG funds : Ayade to sue Agba Jalingo, accuses him of misinformation

Mr. Agba Jalingo, State Chairman of AAC

A cold war is currently brewing between the Cross River State Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade and the  state Chairman of the African Action Congress AAC, Agba Jalingo over an alleged withdrawal of about N4 billion from the State and Local government joint account.

Agba who is also the Publisher of Cross River based online platform, CrossRiverwatch had alleged in an opinion article that the N4 billion was withdrawn to fund what the governor called 'quick win projects' in the 18 LGAs and that the memo never made it to exco to give details of the projects.

Ayade in his reaction to the article which was published on Facebook accused the AAC Chairman of peddling wrong information and threatened to sue him.

"You are going to be confronted with the facts, then face prosecution for misinformation", Ayade reacted in an angry message to Agba.

Responding to the message, Agba said that the governor is gradually beginning to behave like an emperor.

He accused him of lacking the slightest of skin to handle disagreement and scrutiny.

"There has never been a time in my life when I was a coward or afraid of any human being takless of going to court. I am a customer in the dock.

Due to the near absence of opposition in our state, a lot is going wrong and people have generally been cowed. Our governor is beginning to behave like an unquestionable imperial emperor. Gradually, I am taking up my role as a leader of one of the opposition parties in the state and our party wants to make it clear that the only thing that will satisfy us as a party is answers to our questions, not threats of going to court. The court is not a firing squad.

"As a party, we are carefully gathering our information about the withdrawal and we will break it down for Cross Riverians very soon. The government should prepare answers not threats. Threats wont work. They are dealing with a new kind of opposition that threats do not work with. As we enter his second term, the tempo of these questions will increase and answers alone will avail", Agba said.
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