Gov Ayade Says He’s Strongly Rooted In PDP; Denies Joining APC

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Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade Has reiterated his commitment and dedication to remain a strong member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) despite rumours of his move to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Last week, there were reports credited to the Presidency that some governors including Gov Ayade would defect to the ruling party in the coming months but appears to have been debunked by some stakeholders of PDP in Cross River State.

However, the number one citizen of State has rejected such claims, saying he has no intention of dumping PDP for APC and are working tirelessly to consolidate on the party’s achievements in Cross River State.

“I shall be disappointing some people by what I am about to say now. I am still a strong member of the People’s Democratic Party and I have no intention of defecting to any party. PDP gave me wings to fly as Governor of Cross River State. Therefore, I cannot afford to revisit the party with such gesture of ingratitude. Senator Liyel Imoke and I have perfected plans to enhance consummate victory for the party in the state.

“My constant interaction with the president stems from the fact that he is the president of a country where I head a subsidiary unit, and not the president of a party. Hence, we must cooperate with him for the success of our country. After general elections, politics, in the national scheme, must be relegated to the back burner, while governance must be enthroned. Therefore, the only national party after elections is Nigeria. The entire record of history is quite consistent with the assumption that any society with distended politics, cannot differentiate between politics and governance. Such society is likely to back-pedal.

“I cannot be at enmity with the president to proof some loyalty to my party; I must not be attacking the president because my party is at the opposition. Such tendencies are abhorrent to liberal democracy and must be avoided.

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