Prominent PDP Governor on the Verge of Joining APC as 7 Colleagues from Ruling Party Storm State

Prominent PDP Governor on the Verge of Joining APC as 7 Colleagues from Ruling Party Storm State

- Some APC governors have reportedly arrived in Calabar as they intensify efforts to lure Governor Ayade into the ruling party

- The governors have been scheduled to meet with the Cross River state governor on Thursday morning, May 20

- It is not immediately clear if Governor Ayade will listen to them and join APC or remain in the PDP

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Some governors on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) on Wednesday evening, May 19, arrived in Calabar to persuade Governor Ben Ayade to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Nation reported the APC delegation was led by Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni, who is also the national caretaker committee chairman of the APC.

Ben Ayade on the Verge of Joining APC as 7 Governors from Ruling Party Storm Cross River
Buhari being received by Governor of Cross River, Ben Ayade, to the Ground Breaking Ceremony of Super Highway Double Carrier Road from Calabar to Northern Nigeria in 2015. Photo credit: NurPhoto
Source: Getty Images gathers that Buni arrived in Calabar on Wednesday evening to join his Imo state counterpart, Governor Hope Uzodinma, who had been on ground.

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It was learnt that the governor of Ebonyi state, Dave Umahai and some other governors of the APC are also expected to arrive the state.

In its report, Daily Sun stated that seven APC governors are expected to meet with Ayade on Thursday morning, May 20, adding that those from Ekiti, Plateau, and Yobe states have also arrived Calabar.

The newspaper also cited sources as saying that the governors are in the state to woo Ayade to move over to APC in view of the crisis rocking the PDP in the state.

However, another source was cited as hinting that Governor Ayade would not defect to APC no matter the pressure but would listen to know what they have for the state.

Ayade and some members of the National Assembly and the PDP's leadership have been engaged in a running battle over the control of party structures and the northern senatorial seat.

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This has led to an internal crisis in the Cross River State chapter of the PDP.

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The PDP delegation was led by the party's governors’ forum chairman, Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

Tambuwal was accompanied by the governor of Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa, and his Enugu state counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.


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