Ayade receives top caucus members of PDP into APC
… makes commitment on rotational governorship
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All Progressive Congress (APC) in Cross River State and the state Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade on Thursday received three top caucus members of the Peoples Democratic Party into the APC.
Ayade who was visibly excited by the decision and personalities of the new members into APC fold declared that APC is now in firm control of the State.
Addressing the rally to receive Arch. Bassey Ndem, a former Commissioner for Lands, an industrialist and a philanthropist who was joined by a former Deputy Speaker of the State Assembly, Hon. Orok Otu Duke as well as Edem Ekong Esq. a former Commissioner for Local Government Affairs Gov. Ayade restated his commitment on rotational governorship saying that the sustenance of the governorship rotational principle in the state which has been in place since the return of democracy in 1999 remains the way go for balance, Justice and equity among the three senatorial districts of the state.
He described his former party, the PDP which he quit in May 2021 as a haemorrhaging party, adding that he has the moral obligation to ensure that Cross Riverians do not remain there.
“It is against this background that I will keep to my words. 2023 is a harbinger of peace, equity and justice so that every one of us will have a sense of equity and sense of balance to maintain and sustain our politics. This will enable everybody to know his turn at every given time.”
“Anybody who wants us to remain in opposition does not wish us well. We have socketed to the centre and APC has come to stay in Cross River. Our state is better off with the APC.”
Continuing, Ayade said: “The array of political juggernauts joining us in APC today were the men who made PDP thick. Today, they have joined us in APC, so where is the PDP in Cross River? The party is dead.”
Speaking after receiving the symbol of the party which is the broom, Ndem Eyo said he joined the APC for two reasons which is Integrity “because His Excellency, at several fora, stood on the principle of rotation and by rotation, he simply means turn by turn.
“And I trust that from everything I have seen so far, His Excellency, the Governor, will continue to uphold the ethics which has made the Southern Senatorial district stand by him even in his moment of greatest trial.”
The second reason is the need for total support of the people of the state to enable the governor finish strong. All the projects and programmes ,those project belongs to the people ,he must be supported, and I will give my sweat ,blood ,cash and all to make sure he finishes strong,” Ndem said .
Other former PDP chieftains who renounced their membership at the defection rally Edem Ekong Esq, Hon. Orok Duke also pledged their commitment to work for the success of the APC in all elections and in the governance of the state.
Speaking earlier the Chairman of the APC in Cross River , Alphonsus Eba Esq said the “tsunamic” movement was an equivocal manifestation that God has answered their prayers; noting that they prayed and called on God to takes away all liabilities and replace them with political assets. The members we have gotten are assets.”
“What we experiencing today is an equivocal manifestation that our prayers have been answered by God, APC is on a voyage of splendour. We have given a fatal blow to the PDP, to the oligarchy and we have send the opposition into state of oblivion,” Eba said.
Many APC chieftains and government functionaries at the rally from the Southern Senatorial district were Deputy Governor, Professor Ivara Ejemut, Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Joseph Bassey and Senator Princess Florence Ita-Giwa among others