Allegations and counter-allegations trailing the alleged looting of N100billion allegedly by the Ayade-led administration published by an online medium (not FirstNews) on Friday took a different dimension as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor Ben Ayade locked horns over facts and figures.
The Cross River State Government has since denied any involvement in such, describing the PDP as rumour mongers who should focus more on the challenges bedevilling the party.
The state government also revealed that the allegations were not only baseless but were untrue adding that Cross River has received as statutory net allocation, 115billion naira from May 2015 to December 2021.
It was gathered that the PDP had issued a press statement corroborating a report by an online medium that alleged that Governor Ben Ayade had looted the state’s treasury to the tune of N100 billion.
However, In a swift response, the Deputy Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ayade, Mr Linus Obogo, described the allegations as laughable, stressing that the claim by the PDP was a display of crass ignorance.
His words: ”A further reinforcement of PDP’s sloth is its ignorance or mischief at peddling falsehood about revenue allocations to states which are published religiously.
“A thorough research would have saved the party the embarrassment of not realising that between May 2015 and December 31st, 2021, Cross River’s net statutory allocation stood at about 115 billion naira.
“So, if 100 billion was allegedly stolen, how was the state able to execute projects, clear pensions, pay salaries and meet other financial obligations? Governor Ayade must be a magician.
“We have always known that the PDP and its coven of clowns are adept at copy and paste as they lack the vigour of rigorous research. How it got to this low in advertising raw ignorance on a scale it did with the “online news” hogwash beats the imagination.
“When the PDP keeps making references to workers retiring and not getting their pensions, it forgets so soon that when Ayade came on May 29, 2015, Cross River was in default of about three years of gratuities and pensions.
“Against this backdrop, therefore, we advise the party not to forget the age-long wise counsel: He who lives in a glass house should not hurl stones.
“Rather than dissipate energy trying to impeach the character of Governor Ayade and his government, as a civil and serious-minded government, we like to urge the PDP to concentrate on solving the hydra-headed and multi-faceted problems in its fold.
Recall that the PDP had accused governor Ben Ayade of allegedly embezzling about a 100 billion naira from the states treasury.