Ben Ayade Challenges Rufai for Fact-Checking Claim That He Didn’t Take Any Loan As Cross River Governor

A few hours ago, a mild drama ensued between Professor Ben Ayade of Cross River State and popular ARISE TV presenter, Rufai Oseni when the latter chose to fact-check a claim made by the governor on live television.Continue Reading>>>

For those who are not aware, Ayade, who will be handing over to his successor as the Executive Governor of Cross River State in less than two weeks, was a virtual guest on ARISE TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ on Wednesday to discuss the various achievements made by his administration during its 8-year tenure.

However, while responding to a question during the interview, Ayade claimed that despite not borrowing any money from outside sources, he was able to launch an airline company and an ultra-modern chicken processing plant for the good people of Cross River. According to the governor, his administration managed to stay debt-free throughout its 8 years in office while also servicing the humongous amounts of debts left behind by his predecessors in the state.Continue Reading>>>

Quite interestingly, Ayade’s claim was immediately fact-checked by Rufai who referred to two newspaper publications back in 2020 indicating that the Governor approached both the State House of Assembly and some new-generation banks to approve 35 billion and 10 billion Naira loans on two separate occasions.

As expected, Rufai’s remarks did not go down well with the governor, as he proceeded to tackle the feisty ARISE TV presenter for resorting to newspaper publications rather than believing his (Ayade) report that the Cross River Government did not borrow any money in 8 years. The governor went on to insist that getting approval to collect loans from the banks and the State House of Assembly does not necessarily mean that the monies were eventually released into the government coffers.

 

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