Cross River Governor Ayade Joins APC, PDP Reacts
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Cross Rivers State Governor Ben Ayade has reportedly dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Ayade announced his decision on Thursday morning in a meeting with six APC governors who visited him at the Government House. The APC delegation was led by Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni, who is also the National Caretaker Committee chairman of the APC.
Following Ayade’s defection, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan said “The APC Governors, as usual, went to Cross River as part of their jamboree. How can a party which has failed to hold congresses and a convention for over one year attract a committed PDP member who is at home with a structured party?
He said the Cross River State Governor as a Committed party member was aware of measures put in place by the leadership of the PDP, the Governor Aminu Tambuwual-led PDP Governors Forum and the Senator Bukola Saraki-led Reconciliation and Strategy Committee to make him comfortable within the party’s fold.
Ologbondiyan said, “The APC should be made aware that Governor Ayade has assured our party of his unalloyed loyalty.
Stories of the Governor’s planned defection became more widespread this morning (Thursday morning) following a meeting he held with some APC Governors in Calabar on Wednesday.
Governor Ben Ayade has been a running battle with the PDP in the state over the control of the party’s structures.
The governor who has not been very regular at party functions was present at the party’s last National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja.