Accused of age falsification, Cross River governor seeks God’s help

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade
Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has said that he was called by God to govern Cross River to provide needed dividends of democracy to the people.

Mr. Ayade made the statement on Friday while addressing thousands of supporters who came to receive him at Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar on arrival from Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the supporters besieged the airport in solidarity with Mr. Ayade ahead of the December 9 Supreme Court judgement in a case of alleged falsification of his age.

The case was instituted by Joe Agi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

Mr. Agi, who contested the 2015 PDP governorship primary with Mr. Ayade, had challenged the eligibility of the governor to contest the primary.

Mr. Ayade told his supporters at the airport that since power comes from God, he was called by God to govern the state at this particular time.

He said: “I was preparing to run election for the senate when God called me and said I should come and be governor. I am a servant of God and I urge you all to put me in prayers.

“God shall not forsake us at this point; His miracle will prevail at the appointed time. When the righteous people are ruling, God will take control.

“God has the final say in this case. You can have the capacity to manipulate man, but you cannot manipulate God.

“I came into this office as governor under the inspiration of God.

“Today, we are before the court of man to decide the faith and destiny of Cross River people. God shall take control and establish himself.

“Truly, in the name of God, I am totally innocent. If I come before the court of man, I come with supplication for clemency from God,” he said.

The governor said that his administration had not failed in paying salaries of civil servants in the state and urged the people to continue to support his administration.

“I dedicate today to God that if I truly came to serve the people, He will surely see us through. If the worst happens, then it is God’s will.

“We have no capacity to appeal at this level. We are now appealing to God that knows our hearts in this case in question,” Mr. Ayade said.

George Ekpungu, the state Commissioner for New Cities Development, told NAN in an interview at the airport that the people of the state would resist any attempt to remove Mr. Ayade from his seat.

Mr. Ekpungu said that the people of the state voted massively for him, hence they entrusted him with their mandate. (NAN)


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  • Nkem

    Mr Man, they say you falsified age. Which one is all this rambling about God or no God? Why don’t you simply wait for the courts to decide if you are innocent? Why all these sermonising and pontificating?

    • Babanla

      In fact, I began clapping for you immediately I saw your comment. A clear conscience they say fears no accusation. If he’s innocent, there shouldn’t be a need to call for special prayers. His documents should be his defense in the court. Simple. If there’s any prayer we need now, it should be for the revival of our economy. Not a prayer that should cover someone’s crime.

  • McAlfred Uta

    If the case of forgery is true God will not answer Ben Ayade’s prayers or that of his supporters just like he didn’t answer that of Salisu Buhari who lost the exalted position of Speaker of House of Reps. for the same reason. When will the judiciary wake up and computerize affidavits so that people do not falsify and carry multiple affidavits with different dates of birth? This is the mean reason some people have multiple international passports.

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  • Opekete

    But the question is why would he falsify is age? He is neither too old nor too young to be governor. Moreover do we have authentic verifiable means of birth registration in Nigeria except for that worthless sheet of paper that has no verifiable digital value? I don’t think this is a reasonable case enough to turn over the popular will of the people that elected him.

  • agbose akinwole

    Let Mr. Ayade mention the offense he is being accused of instead of
    trying to whip up sentiments. Leave God alone on this matter, if you
    didn’t falsify your age say so and give reason rather than appealing to
    God. God cannot change the record of your birth. Even your mother who
    gave birth to you cannot, so why calling on God in this matter? Is it
    your accuser that now falsified your age?

  • Comfortkay

    I thought this governor is a smart guy and for him to be recklessly using Gods. Huge Embarrasment to the Sons and daughter of God the way politician uses God name.

  • Mufu Ola

    When will this people allow God to rest?

  • Muhammad Lawan

    Nigerian politicians are the only ones who invoke the name of God to cover stealing, incompetence, and other vices unique to them. This they do knowing fully well that God doesn’t depend Himself openly and even if He does He does it in mysterious ways. But how someone elected by his people to stay and govern them instead will stay away for 30 days in Abuja and come back only to start invoking the sacred name of God! Worse still people will gather at the airport to welcome him instead of asking for his immediate resignation! What kind of people are we? Is it ignorance, poverty or what?

    • Onike24

      You are quite wrong, Nigerians invoke the name of God all the time, especially when they have committed crimes.

    • Daley dee

      well said Mr Lawan, only in Nigeria the leaders invoke name God & Allah.

    • FEMI A

      My friend, it’s stupidity. Unemployed people of different stripes and shapes.

    • kinsly

      All join Bros. All kind of people mentioned above.

  • Egbu Yugo

    Nigerian politicians; however invoking the divine for matters that can easily be resolved by presenting relevant documents.

    • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

      Exactly. He failed to address the main issue of age falsification. Nigerians are rogues who embrace spirituality as a convenience. Arrant nonsense.

  • nkoyo

    Please Governor Ayade leave God almighty out of this conversation . Did God authorise the N2billion you paid for your candidacy ? God cannot be mocked please , please and please stop using his name in vain. You say you are paying salaries , is that not the entitlement if the workers ? All your masquerade projects that begin and finish in the newspapers it’s how many months gone we are still waiting .