The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ayade made his stand known at the Cross River State Executive Council Chamber, Governor’s Office in Calabar after a two-hour meeting with seven APC governors led by the party’s interim chairman and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, on Thursday.
Speaking on why he left PDP for the APC, Ayade said: “Having seen and known the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and his commitment to this country, his nationalistic disposition and all the efforts he has made to bring Nigeria to where we are today, it is obvious that at this point we needed to join hands with him to build a Nigeria that we can be proud of.
“We need all governors to recognize that it is not the party that matters. It is a character, it is an honour, it is a commitment to the vision of this great nation.
“We all need to team up ahead of the president by working towards building a prosperous country that the succession worries of 2023 will come without the fears and the worries the international community has for us.
“I believe that if every one of us as governor joins hands with Mr President, I think we can sit on the same dining table and fashion out a way to govern this country.”
APC governors who witnessed the event were Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Solomon Lalong of Plateau State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, and Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state.