The Peoples Democratic Party has wished the Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade well following his defection to the All Progressives Congress.
The party in a statement released on Thursday charged its members in the state to remain united following the governor’s defection.
PDP made this call in a statement released through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Thursday.
Ologbondiyan urged the members to ensure that all structures of the party in the state remained intact.
The statement titled ‘Ayade: PDP Urges Members in Cross Rivers State to Remain United’ read, “The @OfficialPDPNig notes the decamping of the Cross Rivers State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade.
“Our party calls on all critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party in Cross Rivers State to immediately pull together and ensure that all structures of our party in the state remain intact.
“The @OfficialPDPNig wishes Governor Ayade well in his new political sojourn as well as in his future endeavours.”
Governor Ayade while giving a reason on why he was joining the APC, highlighted the character attributes of President Muhammadu Buhari and the realisation that Cross River, which has been emasculated economically following the ceding of its oil wells, needed to be in sync with the party at the centre.
“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,” Ayade said.
“We need all governors to recognize that it is not the party that matters. It is the character, it is an honour, it is the commitment to the vision of this great nation.
“We all need to as a teamwork 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”, he declared adding, “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.”