Updated: Why I left PDP for APC- Ayade

Updated: Why I left PDP for APC- Ayade


The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade on Thursday dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He formally declared for the ruling party at the Cross River State Executive Council Chamber, Governor’s Office in Calabar after a two-hour meeting with seven APC governors’ led by the party’s interim chairman and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.

Speaking on why he was joining the APC, Ayade highlighted the character attributes of President Muhammadu Buhari and the realisation that Cross River, which has been emasculated economically following the ceding of its oil wells, needed to be aligned with the party at the center, as main reasons for his decision.

According to the governor, “having seen and known the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and his commitment to this country, his nationalistic disposition and all the efforts he has made to bring Nigeria to where we are today, it is obvious that at this point we needed to join hands with him to build a Nigeria that we can be proud of.

“We need all governors to recognise that it is not party that matters. It is character, it is honor, it is commitment to the vision of this great nation.

We all need to as a team, work ahead of the president by working towards building a prosperous country that the succession worries of 2023 will come without the fears and the worries the international community has for us.

“I believe that if everyone of us as governor, joins hands with Mr President, I think we can sit on the same dining table and fashion out a way to govern this country,” he stated.

According to a press statement signed by Mamman Mohammed, DG, Press and Media to Yobe State Governor and Chairman APC, said the elated Buni, while speaking on the development, stressed that he and his team were in the state to formally welcome Governor Ayade to the party.

“I am here on behalf of the APC family to welcome the Executive Governor of Cross River State formally to the APC. As from today he is the leader of the party in the state,” Buni said.

Other APC governors who witnessed the event were Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Solomon Lalong of Plateau State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State and his Jigawa State counterpart, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar.

Also present was the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylver.

Others at the meeting were the state deputy governor, Prof Ivara Esu, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Eteng Williams Jones and members of the State House of Assembly, some National Assembly members, members of the Cross River State Executive Council, local Government chairmen, councilors and some stakeholders, including Dame Princess Florence Ita-Giwa and High Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong and others.

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