Barr Okoi Ofem Obono-Obla released a statement applauding the Governor of Cross River State Professor Ben Ayade (The digital Governor) for bringing himself closer to President Buhari through the groundbreaking ceremony for the 260km Superhighway which will span from Calabar, Cross River State to Katsina Ala in Benue State. He clapped endlessly for Professor Ben Ayade's uniqeness, hard work, perseverance, winning spirit and his dynamic leadership qualities.
In his statement, Barrister Obono-Obla said:
"President Muhammadu Buhari has performed the ground breaking of the super highway in Obung, Akamkpa Local government area of Cross River State. In his speech he pledged the total commitment, support and dedication to the success of the project that he described as visionary and revolutionary. He commended Governor Ayade for his foresight in conceptualizing the project that will link South/South, North Central and North East on completion. He described as Governor Ayade as ' his brother' for his foresight in conceiving the project which is expected to link South South with North Central and North East. After the ceremony the President and his entourage including Governors Ayade; Rochas Okorocha and Udom Emmanuel; APC governorship candidate for Akwa Ibom State; Otega Emerhor, APC governorship candidate for Delta State and my self boarded the Nigerian Airforce One Chopper back to Margaret Ekpo International airport. Back we boarded Nigerian Airforce One back to Abuja. In the cabin with the President was Umana Umana, Otega and myself. While chatting with the President, Umana Umanah used the opportunity to thank the President for affording us the privilege to travel with him. The President jocularly said he was 'wooing ' the people of the South/South. The President then told us how as a young officer in the Army during the civil war trekked from Gekam in the present Bekwarra Local Government Area to the border between Nigeria and Cameroon in the present Etung Local Government Area. The President is an intensely private person but at the same time friendly and humorous. But he is a study in humanity! To God be the glory!"