Governor of Cross River, Professor Ben Ayade has revealed that he defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC) to “help build Nigeria.”
Giving reason for his defection, Ayade stated that he is committed to joining forces with President Muhammadu Buhari in building “a country we can be proud of.”
He said: “Having seen and known the president 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.
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“We need all governors to recognize that it is not (the) party that matters. It is character, honour, commitment to the vision of this great nation.
“We all need to work as a team … 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.
“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.”