2017 Calabar Carnival: Governor Ayade, wife appear in scorpion-like bike (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, and his wife appeared in a scorpion-like power bike on Wednesday during the bikers’ segment of the Calabar Carnival.
The couple led 250 power bikers, including former governor Donald Duke in an acrobatic display of state of the art exotic power bikes.
The event witnessed throngs of spectators who laid siege on the 12-kilometre carnival route to watch acrobatic displays.
Governor Ayade, joking about his outfits, said: ”When you see a governor on a bandana, with my bling bling just looking like one of them, I’m telling you that look, this man was a doctor at 23, professor at 32 and governor at a very… and is performing; so I can be like you!
“Just look at the crowd, this is record breaking. I have broken my own record. Last year, it was a huge success but today, I am afraid if the carnival tomorrow will be able to carry this bikers’ parade that we did today.”
On the choice of red as the colour and what led to the shape of his bike, he said he was trying to show the “red smart energy” in him and the ability to blend in to any situation.
“Red scorpion but if you look at the head, it is a crocodile; if you look at the fins it tells you that look – I am an Octopus. You can’t really tell my story, I have the capacity to change at all times. If I want to be a young person, I will; as a professor, I will; as a senator, I will; if I want to behave like a lawyer, I will; but more importantly, that I don’t forget my history.
“So, my bike tells the story of the blend in one person, and that is the story that you see in that. It is custom made, designed by myself and produced only to me in the entire world,” the governor said.