Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has said that more governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will soon defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ayade who recently defected from the PDP to the APC made this known when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday.
The governor, however, failed to disclose some of his colleagues mulling their defection, adding that his defection has led to the reception of thousands of new members by the APC.
He said: “I am happy to announce to you that very soon, more governors are joining (the APC), because what we want to achieve is a country where we all can sit with the President and agree on our succession process, we don’t have to fight.”
“Just watch out, you will see; you will just realise that I know what I am saying.”
He denied the claim that he moved to the ruling party after he suffered a huge loss at the recent PDP congress held in his state.
Rather, the governor stressed that he was in control and had a firm grip on the PDP until he announced his exit from the ruling party.
The governor acknowledged the important roles the PDP played in his political career, noting that the PDP stood by him and gave him the opportunities to become a senator and a two-term governor.
“I will never at any time put down the PDP; I have integrity, I have honour. My politics has ethics, but I chose to join APC to support the President to reduce the tension in this country,” he said.
“I have just joined the party today and my experience so far, I feel so happy to have been in this APC today. As to whether there were issues in PDP, no; the party stood by me all the way.
“All the chairmen of the local governments, almost all the House of Assembly members, most of the National Assembly members, my entire commissioners and cabinet today; that is the amount of the political structure … in Cross River State, once the governor moves, everybody moves,” he added.