The Governor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade, on Thursday defected from the Peoples Democratic Get together to the All Progressives Congress.
He introduced the choice after a closed door assembly with six APC governors, which lasted over one hour on the Govt Chamber of the Governor’s Workplace in Calabar.
The governors in attendance had been these of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi; Jigawa, Mohammed Badaru; Yobe, Mai Mala Buni; Kebbi, Abubakar Bagudu; Imo, Hope Uzodimma; and Plateau, Simon Lalong, in addition to the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Silva.
Talking in the course of the defection, Ayade stated, “We have to be part of arms with President Buhari in his dedication to boost the fortunes of the nation.
“I want all governors to equally be part of me and perceive my choice to affix the APC.
“We have to work forward with the President for the longer term and unity of Nigeria. All of us want to take a seat on the identical eating desk with Mr President to save lots of Nigeria.
“It’s my accountability to deliver again Cross River to the centre in an effort to improve her fortunes.
“I, due to this fact, formally declare myself as a member and chief of the APC in Cross River State.”
Additionally, talking after Ayade joined the social gathering, Buni stated the governor routinely grew to become the chief of the social gathering within the state.
Reacting, a former Particular Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Nationwide Meeting Issues, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, stated the choice of Ayade was a “proper transfer in the appropriate course. The place the chief of the state goes, I am going with him.”
The Secretary to the State Authorities, Tina Banku-Agbor, in her response, stated, “The governor has taken the appropriate choice. We give him the possibility. He’s the appropriate chief.”
Different political appointees comparable to commissioners and particular advisers declined to touch upon the governor’s defection.
It was gathered that a number of the appointees had been taken unawares although some noticed the defection coming.
Previous to the defection, Ayade had complained concerning the method he was allegedly being handled within the PDP, particularly his being denied the management of the social gathering within the state.
Disaster had rocked the PDP within the state over the management of the social gathering in any respect ranges.
The Minister of State for Labour and Productiveness, Festus Keyamo (SAN), wrote on his official Twitter deal with, “I welcome one of the cerebral, essentially the most progressive, essentially the most enlightened and essentially the most completed Govs, Professor Ben Ayade to the fold of the progressives. As my elder brother and good friend from the South-South area, that is the day now we have been ready for.”
Additionally, a former Senate Majority Chief, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, congratulated the governor Ayade, describing the defection as a effectively thought out choice that might be of big profit to Cross River State.
A former presidential aide and chieftain of the APC, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, was additionally excited concerning the defection of Ayade.
“He has achieved his finest for Cross River State, and he’s nonetheless doing his finest. Cross River State has an enormous debt profile which Governor Ayade inherited, however Governor Ayade has managed the state’s economic system excellently, paying wage and doing tasks. I salute him. He’s a person of sagacity and braveness,” Obla stated on his Fb web page.
The APC governorship candidate within the 2019 election, Senator John Owan-Eno, stated, “We waited with baited breath and measured anticipation. I’m enthused at present that lastly, the hearsay has now turn out to be a actuality.
“The historic nature of your entry into our social gathering isn’t misplaced on each effectively that means Cross Riverian. It evinces hope and has lit the sunshine of unbridled optimism within the minds of social gathering members and the teeming supporters of our nice social gathering within the state and throughout the nation.
“Your entry into our social gathering at this auspicious time in nation constructing, a interval of profound challenges confronting the nation, is exceptional.”
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