Leaders and members of the entire Muslim community in Cross River State, disassociated themselves from the self-seeking position of one Alhaji Adamu Yakubu as regards the 2019 governorship elections in the state.
In a press release/rejoinder signed by the Secretary of the Association of Imams and Scholars, Cross River State, Ustaz Abdulahmed Zikrullah,dated Monday, November 19, 2018, the body with office at 146 Battalion Army Central Mosque, Calabar, Cross River State, completely disassociated itself from the alleged Alhaji Yakubu’s position that the Muslim community in Cross River have chosen Senator John Owan Enoh as their governorship candidate for 2019.
“The leadership and entire Muslim community in Cross River State completely disassociate themselves from the self-seeking and self appointed one Alhaji Adamu Yakubu who parades himself as the leader of the Muslim community in Cross River State and had paid courtesy call on John Owan Eno to declare his so-called leadership support and that of the Muslim community in the state to Eno’s governorship ambition.
Let it be known to the Cross River State government and the entire good citizens of Cross River State that Adamu’s visit to John Owan Eno is purely self seeking and personal and does not represent the Muslim community in Cross River State.
We appreciate fully the monumental developmental efforts ongoing under the leadership of the digital governor, Senator professor Ben Ayade.”
Going further to assert the position of the association and its members in an unambiguous terms, the press release/rejoinder stated: “We equally want to categorically state our unalloyed support to governor Ayade and that he is our candidate for the 2019 gubernatorial election in order for him to complete his good works and people oriented projects across the state.
Again, Cross River State was or is not loss or in trouble to warrant rescue as claimed by Adamu and his cohorts.
Similarly, the Muslim community in Cross River State respect the zoning arrangement right from 1999 through 2015 which saw Donald Duke from the south administered the state for eight years and Liyel Imoke from the central for another eight years.
It is therefore natural and based on divine law of justice, equity and fairplay that the Northern senatorial districts should equally have it’s eight years by allowing Ayade to complete his eight years as others before him.”
The association went further to reemphasised its unflinching commitment and total support to the administration of senator professor Ben Ayade and his well deserved constitutional right to contest the 2819 election and complete the eight years of the northern senatorial district just as the south and the central had done between 1999-2015.
“Once again we want to restate our total support to governor Ben Ayade led administration in the state and our total commitment to work individually and Collectively for the reelection of Ayade in 2019.
His Excellency and the good people of Cross River State should therefore disregard Adamu and his cohorts claim and consider that as one of the antics of the devil to cause disaffection between the Muslim community in the state, and the government and people of Cross River State and as well distract the government to achieve a selfish motive.”
The release /rejoinder from the association of Imams and Scholars, Cross River State, concluded by maintaining thus : “#CrossRiverState MuslimCommunity Stand for AYADE,
#Ayade For 2019. #Ayade Till 2023.”