The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged other governors still stranded in the Peoples Democratic Party to jump ship and follow the part directed by Prof Ben Ayade , governor of Cross River State to the ruling APC.
Governor Ayade defected to the APC on Wednesday and was received in Abuja by Yobe State governor Mai Mala Buni, who also is Chairman of APC Caretaker /Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC.
Welcoming the elopng governor, Secretary of APC CECPC urged other governors of the PDP to escape from the sinking wreckage of the sinking party.
The party also urged members of national ,federal and state houses of assembly to see it a patriotic duty to move over to the APC.
The statement by John James AkpanUdoedehe read; “The All progressives congress congratulates the Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency Ben Ayade for his wise and timely decision to leave a dead party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for a living and thriving party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“We commend the patriotic disposition and judgement that shaped Governor Ayade’s decision to join forces with President Muhammadu Buhari to build a better Nigeria as a member of the APC .
“The APC is advising the other governors who are stranded in the sinking wreckage of the PDP to exercise the best option of abandoning that vessel.
“The APC is also urging members of the PDP in the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly who are still hanging on to the sinking party to leave it for good and join the APC, which has been repositioned by the excellent leadership qualities of His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni, the National Chairman of the party’s Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).
Akpan Udoedehe observed that Gov Ayade has always been an APC man at heart given the humane and progressive manner in which he managed the affairs of Cross River State, adding that the people of Cross River State The people of Cross River State will now enjoy more developmental initiatives based on the APC values.
He explained that it was a total lack of internal democracy in the PDP that frustrated and alienated PDP governors, legislators who he claims are never consulted in the administration of the Party.
APC expressed confidence that with the defection of Ayade, the fortune of the party will improve in Cross River.
“As leader of the APC in Cross River State, we call on all our supporters, members and leaders to rally around, support and work with Governor Ayade to rebuild, reposition and strengthen the Party in Cross River State and by extension the South South and the country at large” Akpan Udoedehe charged..