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Gov Ayade defects to APC with 19 LG chairmen, 193 councillors

Thursday, 20 May 2021


Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers State


Adetunji Faleye


The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has defected to All Progressives Congress (APC) form the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ayade who announced his defection today, Thursday 20th in Calabar, Cross Rivers State capital was received by Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni who is also the APC Caretaker Committee Chairman.

Before Ayade’s defection, rumour about his plan to pitch tent with the ruling party has been on for sometimes.

Recalled that PDP governors led by Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Ifeanyi Akowa of Delta moved to Calabar to stop the planned defection of the governor, the 19 elected local government chairmen and 193 councillors in the state.

Their persuasion to stop Ayade to remain in the opposition party did not yield any result as the planned work to move to APC had already been concluded.

Just yesterday, Wednesday 19th, APC governors visited Ayade in Calabar to persuade him to move to the ruling party. They visited Ayade two weeks after PDP Governors Forum paid him a courtesy visit to dissuade the governor from defecting to APC.








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