By Shola Akingboye, 20th May 2021
The Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ayade announced his decision on Thursday morning during a meeting with six APC governors at the Government House in Calabar.
The governors were led by the national caretaker chairman of the APC and Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni, who was accompanied by Kebbi, Imo, Plateau, Ekiti and Jigawa State governors.
While announcing his defection from the PDP, Ayade declared that henceforth, Cross River State has become an APC state, and urged all his supporters and followers to go to their respective wards and register with his new party.
He said, “We need to join hands with President Buhari in his determination to enhance the fortunes of the country.
“I need all governors to similarly join me and understand my decision to join the APC.
“We need to work ahead with the president for the future and unity of Nigeria. We all need to sit at the same dining table with Mr Presidential to save Nigeria.
“It is my responsibility to bring back Cross River to the centre in order to enhance her fortunes.
“I therefore formally declare myself a member and leader of APC in Cross River State.”