By Jide Orintunsin, Abuja
Foremost critic of Cross River Governor Ben Ayade and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Joseph Odok, has counseled the previous’s choice to dump the Peoples Democratic Occasion(PDP) for the APC.
The transfer, he mentioned, will open doorways of political victory for the celebration APC in Cross River.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja on the weekend, Odok who was the opposition voice throughout the six-year reign of Ayade in PDP, mentioned he has forgiven the Governor regardless of the alleged persecutions, detention and pains he inflicted on him and members of the family.
Odok mentioned: “I wholeheartedly welcome my Pricey Gov.Prof. Ben Ayade who yesterday dumped PDP for APC together with his teaming supporters.
“I do that not as one who was within the celebration earlier than the Governor however as a result of I respect the brand new management mandate bestowed on him by his place as Governor.
“It’s due to this fact a chunk of excellent information to me that Governor Ayade has joined APC. Although his Authorities whereas in PDP was all damaging to me, his coming to APC is a giant plus to the Cross River State chapter of the celebration and by extension to me.”
Expressing optimism over Ayade’s defection to APC, Odok famous the approaching of the Governor will increase the celebration and provides it alternatives to win extra elections in Cross River.
He assured those that have laboured for years will start to benefit from the fruit of their sacrifices and labour.
In line with him: “Those that will win elections or defect with him may also fund the uncared for and suffocating APC assist base in Cross Rivers State.
“My pleasure at the moment is not only due to Gov Ayade’s defection however extra so due to the variety of individuals he’s coming in with and the alternatives therein.”
Odok, who had suffered quite a lot of persecution within the final six-year within the state, together with 117 days in detention for criticising the PDP afminisy, mentioned he has forgiven the Governor and was able to work with him to maneuver the state ahead.
When requested how he felt after years of persecutions, Odok mentioned: “My private points with the Governor are usually not that vital for me to begrudge him. In politics, the celebration is greater than any particular person and as a loyal celebration man I must be glad that Cross Rivers State is now an APC State.
“On whether or not I’ve private points with Gov. Ayade and his politics, categorically, I’ll say I’ve. On whether or not the problems are resolved, I’ll say that they’re nonetheless there.
“I’m nonetheless going through the fabricated expenses of terrorism and cyber crime in court docket. The 117 days I spent in jail custody is a historical past that can nonetheless hold my head excessive for the pains I bore for standing up as an opposition voice when the Governor was nonetheless a PDP member. My woes have been mainly due to my political stance as an opposition members.
“I and my household went by means of hell due to how I used to be fought by the Cross River State Authorities. The celebration will assist the therapeutic of wounds if it will get within the peace of APC Cross Rivers State and resolve all points the state Authorities had with all our members within the state.”
He suggested the Governor to sin no extra by guaranteeing he continues together with his industrialisation programmes and provides extra consideration to agriculture to deal with unemployment among the many teeming youths.