- The main opposition party, the PDP has lost one of its key members to the APC
- Governor Ben Ayade has explained why he decided to defect to the ruling party
- The PDP has not yet reacted to reports about Ayade's defection
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Channel TV reported that the governor made the announcement on Thursday morning, May 20, during a meeting with some APC governors who paid him a visit at the government house.
Some of the APC governors who visited Ayade include Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodima; David Umahi of Ebonyi State, and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State among others.
PM News reported that Ayade during his announcement suggested that his defection would enable cross River state to benefit more from the federal government.
''Cross River needs to connect with the center.''
The APC has confirmed the defection of Governor Ayade via its Twitter handle.
Legit.ng recalls that Ayade recently complained about the injustices he was suffering from the national hierarchy as the leader of the PDP in the state.
He made the statement when governors on the platform of the PDP held a meeting with him in Cross River state to stop his planned defection to the APC.
Meanwhile, Ndudi Elumelu, the minority leader of the House of Representatives, has hinted at the possibility of the APC losing most of its legislators.
Elumelu made the revelation on Thursday, April 29, at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the PDP in Abuja, Leadership reports.
According to the PDP lawmaker, his APC counterparts are tired of the many failures of the ruling party and are ready to leave it anytime soon.
Still on politics, the APC in Bayelsa state on Thursday, April 22 declared its readiness to recall a member of the House of Assembly representing Brass Constituency 1, Daniel Charles.
The party says it is taking the decision over the lawmaker's defection to the PDP.
The APC, through the chairman in Brass local government area, Baribote Solomon, described the defection as an act of desperation and selfishness.