Armed policemen on Saturday supervised the stripping of flags and other insignia at the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Calabar, Cross River State.
According to Cross River Watch, the caretaker committee chairman of the party, Ntufam Inok Edim, is on the scene.
He is reported to have stated that the secretariat building ought to serve another purpose.
The building has been stripped of the party’s flags, and was being repainted with green and white colors. The report notes about 50 police officers in unmarked pickup trucks, blocking access to the roads around the secretariat stationed along the Murtala Muhammed highway.
The spokesperson for the police in Cross River DSP Irene Ugbo said an official statement will be available over the matter later.
Recall that Governor Ben Ayade had recently announced his defection from the PDP to the ruling APC in the presence of the six APC governors who visited him at the Government House.
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.”