The Cross Rivers State Governor Prof Ben Ayade has decamped from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
Ayade announced his decision on Thursday morning at a meeting with six (6) APC governors who visited him at the Government House in Calabar.
Governors in the APC entourage include the Governors of Kebbi, Imo, Yobe, Plateau , Jigawa, and Ekiti State.
They are led by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State who also currently doubles as chair of the ruling party’s caretaker committee.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan said the All Progressives Congress (APC) had started the hunt for wild goose chase for Ayade.
Ologbondiyan said the governor of Cross River state, as one of the party’s strong members, knew about the actions of the PDP leadership, the PDP Governors Forum chaired by Governor Aminu Tambuwual, and the Reconciliation and Strategy Committee chaired by Senator Bukola Saraki to make him comfortable within the PDP.
In his press statement, he said, “the APC Governors, as usual, went to Cross River as part of their jamboree. How can a party which has failed to hold congresses and a convention for over one year attract a committed PDP member who is at home with a structured party?
“The APC should be made aware that Governor Ayade has assured our party of his unalloyed loyalty,” Ologbondiyan said.