A Special Assistant to the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, on Safety Commission, Victor Bassey Effiong, has resigned his appointment.
In his resignation letter on Wednesday, June 9, Effiong maintained that “his ideology does not go in tandem with that of the All Progressive Congress (APC)”
“After a period of consideration I have decided to remain with the People’s Democratic Party which I was a pioneer Youth leader in my Ward Uyanga in Akampa LGA,” the letter read.
“Let me thank His Excellency Sir Prof Ben Ayade for the opportunity given to me to serve our dear state as Special Assistant. This opportunity in no doubt widens my horizons in the affairs of government. Also thanks to my political associates, friends and family for their support while on this special assignment.”
Aside Victor Bassey Effiong, two other aides of the Governor, on Monday resigned their appointments.
The Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals, Mark Obi and the Director General, Urban Renewal Commission (South), Cecil Ita.
In two separate letters made public on Monday, the duo made reference to recent political happenings in the state for their decision.
Ayade recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to join the All Progressives Congress.
In his letter dated June 7, 2021 to the governor titled ‘Your Excellency, Resignation from office of Special Adviser,’ Obi said, “Following recent happenings in the political alignment of the State Governor, I am persuaded to review my involvement in the current state administration.
“Consequently, being a founding and subsisting member of the Peoples Democratic Party in Cross River State, I cannot in good conscience remain in my current appointment as Special Adviser.
“I hereby resign my appointment as Special Adviser effective immediately. I am grateful to Your Excellency for finding me worthy to serve the state in the said capacity. Nevertheless, I will continue to support the state and government in any way possible as a stakeholder and senior citizen. Please accept my best regards.”
In her letter dated June 3, 2021 titled, ‘Letter of Resignation,’ Ita said, “Please accept this letter as formal notice of my resignation as Director General Urban Renewal Commission (South).
“After a period of consideration, I have decided to remain with the PDP. Let me thank His Excellency, Ben Ayade, Governor, Cross River State for the opportunity given me to serve our beloved state, first as Director General, Cross.”
The governors had earlier sacked some commissioners for refusing to defect to the APC along with him.