Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has said that the Peoples Democratic Social gathering, which he dumped for the All Progressives Congress on Thursday, stood by him throughout his political travails.
Ayade recalled how he rose politically on the platform of the opposition social gathering to turn out to be a governor.
The governor, who featured on Politics In the present day, a present affairs programme on Channels Tv, on Thursday attributed his defection to the management attributes of the President, Main Normal Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and his relationship with Cross River.
Ayade additionally stated extra governors within the opposition PDP would quickly be a part of the ruling APC. He, nevertheless, failed to call them.
He stated partly, “My determination to maneuver has nothing to do with my relationship with the PDP, it has the whole lot to do with my understanding of the challenges of this nation right now. My respect for the integrity, character and high quality of management that President Muhammadu Buhari has introduced. I really feel depressed when the nation is challenged with safety points. As an alternative of us rising as an orgasmic complete to see how we are able to help the President to cope with these overseas herders which are colonising our varied roads and farms, we relatively sit again; we are likely to create an impression as if the federal government will not be doing effectively.
“So, it’s due to this fact not pushed by a mere political ideology however the philosophical level that this nation is tending towards the brink of collapse and we should help the President. The fact is that there’s a purpose for which I’ve moved is what I’ve analysed for you…due to my private relationship with Mr President. The connection is so robust that, don’t overlook, the President’s first working go to was to Cross River State. I’m not from the North. I’m not a Muslim. I used to be not in APC. However the President selected my state to go to. I owe him that sense of responsibility, relationship, that fatherly respect. I’ve associated carefully with him and I can see his coronary heart and soul. He is an effective man in all complete sense.
“Basically talking, I’m a type of whose political slogan may be very clear…Politics with Ethics. I’m from Cross River State and Governor of Cross River State. Cross River has been decreased to worse in physique, in spirit and within the soul; a state that has misplaced her territory and oil wells; a state that’s among the many lowest, thirty fifth out of 36 states, when it comes to federal allocation. The one state within the South-South that’s utterly dislocated from the comity of the oil-producing states. A state that doesn’t get 13 per cent derivation. A state that its month-to-month earnings is way lower than its cumulative month-to-month wage. I used to be hit elected to practise politics however to carry worth to my society; to the individuals who elected me.”
Ayade added, “I don’t consider that by this determination, it’s disloyal to the social gathering (PDP). Even all by way of the time I spoke about my defection, I by no means spoke about PDP. So, for me, APC is the social gathering to go to at this time limit as a result of if this nation doesn’t have a clean transition in 2023, what we speak about Somalia shall be like a baby’s play.
“The selection to affix APC at this level is predicated on a nationalistic method and my dedication to my state; nothing to do with morality or the difficulty of whether or not I’m loyal or to not the PDP. Apart from, as many individuals as you see within the PDP, have defected at one time or the opposite. And many individuals that you’re speaking to in APC, who’re so dedicated to this nation, had been at a while in PDP.
“As as to if there are points within the PDP, no. The social gathering stood by me all by way of the way in which. In another authorized subject that I’ve had, PDP had stood with me. PDP gave me the chance to be a senator; PDP gave me the chance to be governor. I might by no means have any time to drag down PDP. I’ve integrity, character and honour. My politics have ethics. My determination to affix APC is to affix the President to scale back the strain within the nation.”