A social critic, Murtala Adogi Mohammed, yesterday, hailed the superhighway project of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, which attracted President Muhammadu Buhari for flag-off ceremony, saying the governor is blazing the trail of super opposition against the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Adogi said by being the first to invite Buhari to flag off his project, the governor has proven his ability to re-invent his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and to reintroduce the kind of opposition some APC governors played to give popularity to their party against the PDP in the days of former president, Goodluck Jonathan.
Adogi, who is also a development consultant told newsmen in Jos, Plateau State, yesterday that he was impressed that an opposition governor was the first to attract President Muhammadu Buhari for a development project, an action which he said “is a plus for the opposition in the country.”
Adogi said Governor Ayade’s initiation of a project in a magnitude to attract President Buhari will swell healthy opposition by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), against the APC which governors are not performing.
“Five months on, all we hear from new governors is how they inherited mess by their predecessors. I urge all Nigerians to support the probes going on in some of these states; and where there are no probes of the former governors; Nigerians must question the motive of the new governors because they are giving signs that they either benefitted from the alleged theft of their predecessors, and so would cover them up; or that they intend to also perpetrate sme theft.
“But while the probes are going on, Nigerians must insist on performance by the new governors. We are expecting change, especially from new governors of all platforms. We want to start seeing things done differently, to develop the country. That is what Governor Ayade has done; it is a kind of opposition introduced by the APC governors in Jonathan’s time to build popularity for the party at the general elections,” Adogi said.
The development consultant with the British Council, Department For International Development (DFID), and the United Nations said Governor Ayade’s superhighway project will blaze the trail in redirecting attention to Cross River in a manner that will give his party some image revival.