Ayade locks Cross River workers out for lateness

September 15, 2022 Rosemary Moribirin 0

Cross Rivers state governor, Ben Ayade, locked out Geographic Information Agency state workers for being late to their place of primary assignment. Speaking to a worker who pleaded anonymity, he complained of low morale as the reason behind their lateness to work. Reacting to the development, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Benedict Ukpepi described the Read More

Army intercepts explosives, ammunition in Cross River

June 22, 2022 Joseph Obung, Calabar 0

The Nigerian Army has said its men stationed at Amana, Obudu local government area of Cross River state, intercepted explosives, assorted ammunition and military uniforms, which were en route Utanga village of the state. A press statement, signed by Brigadier General Onyeama Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations, and made available to Blueprint in Calabar, Wednesday, said the items were loaded Read More

‘Cross River APC candidate still in gov’ship race’

June 17, 2022 Bashir Mohammed 0

The campaign organisation of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River state, Senator (Prince) Bassey Otu, has debunked reports alleging that the Senator had withdrawn from the race. Its head of media unit, Barrister Ekpenyong Akiba, speaking with our reporter in Calabar Friday, described the report as “a mischievous handwork of the drowning cartel.” He Read More

APC ticket: Northern governors are Patriots for backing Southern presidency  – Ray Morphy

June 5, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from Cross Rivers, High Chief Ray Morphy, has described the party’s governors from the Northern region as ‘great patriots’ for backing power shift to the South in 2023. Chief Morphy, who is also the convener of Rebuild Nigeria, a forum canvassing for geninu re-orientation of Nigerians and her institutions for better Read More

Ignore fraudulent delegates’ list from Cross River, stakeholders tell Adamu’s NWC 

June 1, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been asked to ignore a purported ‘fraudulent’ list of the national delegates sent by the Cross Rivers State Working Committee to the national leadership. The APC stakeholders and the authentic national delegates elected on the 17th May 2022 also asked the national chairman Senator Abdullahi Adamu-led NWC Read More

2023: Ex-Cross River deputy governor withdraws from PDP governorship primary amidst tension

May 26, 2022 Joseph Obung, Calabar 0

The immediate past deputy governor of Cross River State, Barr Efiok Cobham, has withdrawn from the governorship primary election of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), few hours to the contest. This is even as tension envelope Calabar, the Cross River state capital, over who would, among the party’s remaining eight aspirants, muster enough capacity to take over from the ruling Read More

Cross River APC guber: Hope rises for Bassey Otu as Owan-Enoh withraws

May 20, 2022 Joseph Obung,Calabar 0

The chances of Senator Bassey Otu clinching the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket in Cross River state received a boost on Thursday evening when one of the two main contenders, Senator John Owan-Enoh, withdrew from the race. Addressing a group of his campaign cordinators and party supporters in Calabar, Senator Owan-Enoh said, “I am saddled with the onerous responsibility Read More

Cross River guber: Ex-minister Usani set to dump APC for PRP

May 19, 2022 Joseph Obung 0

Barring any last minute change of plans, the immediate past Minister of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and founding member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River state, Pastor Usani Usani, is set to dump the APC for the People’s Redemption Party (PRP). Sources said the former minister’s decision to dump the APC was not unconnected Read More

Breaking: Ayade wins, as court dismisses defection application

April 7, 2022 Editor 0

Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court Thursday dismissed the application filed by the People Democratic Party (PDP) against Governor Ben Ayade who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). In a two hour judgment, the court declared that legislators not the court can sack a sitting governor Details loading…

[Breaking] Defection: Court shifts judgement on Ayade

March 25, 2022 Editor 0

The suit seeking to sack the Cross River Governor, Ben Ayande and his Deputy, Ivara Esu, over their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been postponed by the Federal High Court in Abuja. Justice Taiwo Taiwo had earlier planned the judgment for March 25, 2022, but April 6 has been picked as Read More

After Ebonyi, we’re out to capture our mandate in Zamfara, Cross River – PDP

March 11, 2022 Patrick Ahanor, Benin City 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed optimism that a governor on its platform would be sworn-in in Ebonyi state following a Federal High Court judgement in Abuja which sacked Governor David Umahi of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Umahi’s sack followed PDP’s suit challenging his defection from the party having been elected on its platform. Though the governor has Read More

2023: Why Julius Akpo should represent Obudu

March 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

The decision of Julius Akpo to contest the position of member, Cross River State House of Assembly, representing Obudu local government area in 2023, after clarion call from his constituents has come at a right time. The good people of Obudu local government area have been beaming their searchlight to spot a credible candidate who will provide good representation. Luckily, Read More

APC governors celebrate Ayade at 54

March 2, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on the platform of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has joined the Cross Rivers state governor Benedict Ayade, to celebrate his 54th birthday. A statement signed Wednesday in Abuja by the Chairman of the PGF and Kebbi state governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, described governor Ayade as “a true progressive and innovative leader.” Read More

PDP, APC chieftains laud INEC as Cross River bye-election records massive voters’ turnout in Ogoja, Yala

February 26, 2022 Joseph Obung, Ogoja 0

The bye-election into the vacant House of Representatives seat for Ogoja/Yala federal constituency recorded massive turn out of voters on Saturday as chieftains of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and the All Progressives Congress (APC), lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its efforts. Blueprint reporter who monitored the election in Ogoja and Yala said the materials arrived early Read More

We’re ready for Cross River bye-elections – INEC

February 25, 2022 Joseph Obung 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that it was ready to conduct bye-elections for the Ogoja/Yala federal constituency and the Akpabuyo state constituency in Cross River state on Saturday, February 26, 2022. Speaking in Calabar Friday during the movement of sensitive materials from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Calabar to the three local government areas (LGAs) Read More

APC bars Wike from entering Cross River

February 23, 2022 Joseph Obung 0

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River state has declared Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state a security risk and therefore barred him from setting his feet on any part of the state. The APC chairman in the state, Alphonsus Eba, at a press conference, Tuesday, said the security of the Rivers state governor would no Read More

Your time is now, Ayade tells Cross River youth

February 20, 2022 Joseph Obung 0

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has said the future of Nigerian youth to take over political leadership should begin now, not tomorrow as some people would want them to believe. He said this in Calabar weekend during the maiden All Progressives Congress (APC) youth summit, organised by the state chapter of the APC lobby group. Reiterating that youth Read More

In Cross River, PDP dares Police as members scale fence, stage rally ahead bye-elections

February 19, 2022 Joseph Obung, Calabar 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River state has held its campaign rally for the National and State Assemblies by-election for Yala/Ogoja and Akpabuyo constituencies despite the Police baricadding main entrance to the venue of the rally. As early as 7am, security agents had blocked the Calabar Sports Club, venue of the said rally, with Armoured Personel Carrier and Read More

Tension in Cross River as Police baricade venue for PDP rally

February 19, 2022 Joseph Obung, Calabar 0

Uncertainty and palpable tension greeted the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) rally in Cross River as the Police, Saturday morning, barricaded Calabar Sports Club, venue for the rally. Blueprint reporter who was on ground to monitor the event, said as early as 7:00am, a crack team of security personnel, comprising the army, civil defence and police stormed the venue of the Read More

MD vows turnaround of Cross River basin authority in 2 months

January 31, 2022 Joseph Obung 0

Managing Director of Cross River Basin Development Authority (CRBDA) Engineer Bassey Nkposong, has said the management is poised to ensure a total turnaround of all the EndSARS-vandalised facilities within the next two months. Engr Mkposong spoke shortly after being conferred with the Most Union Friendly Managing Director of All Time by the Nigerian Union of Agriculture and Allied Employees (NUAAE) Read More

Foundation pays for 500 to access healthcare services in Cross River

January 25, 2022 Joseph Obung 0

The Ben Akak Foundation has paid for the healthcare service of 500 persons to access free healthcare service for the next one year under the Cross River State Healthcare Insurance Scheme, tagged ‘Ayade Care.’ The healthcare insurance scheme, it was gathered, is programmed to provide affordable service for anyone who could register with N1,000 annually, health status and medical history Read More

2023: Ayade vows to return power to Cross River South

January 9, 2022 Blueprint 0

Cross River State governor, Sir Ben Ayade, has again reiterated his commitment to ensuring that power reverts to the Southern Senatorial District of the state come 2023. Speaking at the Governor’s Lodge, Ayade said his decision to return power to the South was based on morality. “During my campaign for second term, I went to the South. I said support Read More

In Cross River, Ayade, PDP bicker over N100bn embezzlement allegation

January 7, 2022 Joseph Obung 0

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state are at each other’s jocular over alleged looting of N100 billion from the state coffers. The PDP, in a press release titled ‘On Ayade’s N100 billion loot and the incoherence of his political vuvuzela,’ had alleged that the governor “looted our state treasury to Read More