Thursday, 20 May 2021

Party doesn't really matter, but.... Ayade speaks up after dumping PDP

Moments after It was reported by this platform that the Governor of Cross River State, Sir Benedict Ayade has dumped his People Democratic Party for the ruling All Progressives Congress, the Governor has given reasons why he made the move. 

According to the Governor, party doesn't really count in nation building, what matters most is character, honor, and  commitment to the vision of this great nation that counts. He went further to disclose that his resolve to join the party was to join hands with the president to see to the actualization of the visions of the Buhari's led administration. 

In his words: "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. 

The governor went ahead to call on other governors in Nigeria to join hands with the President and work as a team for the prosperity of Nigeria as a country where the worries of succession in 2023 becomes a minor problem. 

"We all need to as a team work 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 everyone 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."

Speaking during the meeting where the governor officially decamped, the Yobe State, governor Mai Mala Buni said "I am here on behalf of the APC family to welcome His Excellency the Executive Governor of Cross River State formally to the APC.  As from today he is the leader of the party in the state."

Other APC governors who witnessed the event were Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Solomon Lalong of Plateau State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and his Jigawa state counterpart, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar.

Also present was the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva.

Others at the meeting were the state deputy governor, Prof Ivara Esu, Speaker of the state house of assembly, Rt. Hon. Eteng Williams Jones and members of the state house of assembly, some National Assembly members, members of the Cross River State Executive Council members, local Government chairmen, councilors and some stakeholders, including Dame Princess Florence Ita-Giwa and High Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong amongst others.

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