Cross River governor. Ben Ayade has defied the existing odds by proceeding to giving out three vehicles to decamped lawmakers. This was despite the backlog of salaries on his neck, and the public outcry against the lackadaisical attitude of his, as to the settlement of workers in the state.
Ayade on Monday donated Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs to three members of the house of Representatives for decamping to the All Progressives Congress.
The presentation of the vehicles was done by Chief Pius Orim, the Chief of Staff to the governor at the Cross River State Liaison office.
Beneficiaries of the gift included Rt. Hon. Legor Idagbo representing Obudu, Bekwarra & Obanliku federal constituency, Rt. Hon Mike Etaba, representing Obubra/ Etung federal constituency and Rt. Hon. Alex Egbona, representing Abi/Yakurr federal constituency.
Idagbo and the retinue of his followers were said to have followed the footprint of Ayade, by decamping to APC. Mike Ettaba was said to have also decamped around May, just like his APC counterpart did before contesting the seat.
According to Ayade, the gift came as a compensation for the belief they had in his leadership. He harped on the fact that it goes a long in facilitating their movements as they continually represent the people.
Ayade said the Cross River APC representative members understood the modus operandi of fast-tracking the state to the center, describing them as dependable allies.
Responding on behalf of the reps members, Rt. Hon Legor Idagbo said the loyalty of the members would remain with Gov. Ayade.
This is not the first time the governor will dole out gifts to public officers in the state.
In October last year, he gave out 54 SUVs to officials of the 18 local government councils in the state.
The latest development will spark an angry response from workers who had been at loggerhead with the state government over unpaid salaries.
Civil servants across the Cross River had in May protested the non-payment of three years and eight months’ salaries.