By Musa Yaro, Calabar
ASHENEWS reports that the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State, Prof. Sandy Onor has claimed that governor Ben Ayade’s recent recruitment of workers, four months to his leaving office, is mischievious.
This online platform further reports that Onor stated this during a press conference in Calabar on Friday.
“Recruitment exercises ought to be methodic, systematic, genuine, and something that should be done in a gradual manner to allow the state, and its people flow with it, and based on the resources available.
“This one is coming with ulterior motives and is therefore unlikely to find the oxygen and legitimacy to stand the test of time,” he said.
On government alleged plan to impose five-year lease on quarries, and manufacturing companies, Onor advised the affected companies not to be hoodwinked by those bent on selling the dummy.
“The timing of this venture is very awkward, and unreasonable. I charge the companies to be wiser.”
Talking on the deforestation of the pristine tropical rainforest, the PDP guber candidate asked, “must we be completely denuded of this great gift with all its rich fauna and flora before this government goes?”
“Money must not be made at all costs and in complete disregard to the wellbeing of our people and the future of our children,” he cautioned.
Commenting on the alleged diversion of the BVAS machines to the government lodge in Calabar, Onor said his worry is that IPAC complained it was not carried along.
“We are all aware of reports indicating that the state government has some BVAS machines in its possession, INEC has denied any connivance, our worry is that IPAC had maintained that it was not carried along when INEC and security forces in the state moved in to confirm that no BVAS machines was tampered with.”
“IPAC insists that for some inexplicable reasons they were stopped from participating in that verification exercise,” he said.
Onor urged INEC and the security agencies to allow IPAC certify the authenticity of their pronouncement on the BIVAS.
He cautioned Ayade against selling government’s properties to its officials in the state.
“The outgoing government should not contemplate selling those properties under whatever guise as these are properties that represent the face of the state.”