- Diverse reactions have trailed the defection of Governor Ayade to the ruling APC
- Governor Ayade is the second sitting governor to dump the PDP for the APC within a space of six months
- While some linked his defection to the 2023 presidential election, others speculated on other dynamics that could have triggered Ayade's political move
Barely six months after Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC), another opposition governor, Ben Ayade of Cross River state, has joined the ruling party.
Governor Ayade made the announcement on Thursday morning, May 20, during a meeting with some APC governors who paid him a visit at the government house in Calabar, the state capital.
As expected, the defection is attracting diverse reactions from Nigerians on social media. Legit.ng collects some of the insightful ones below:
Popular social media influencer, JJ. Omojuwa, @Omojuwa, said:
"I guess Ben Ayade and Nyesom Wike couldn’t mend their differences. Ben Ayade has now transferred himself to the APC."
Johannes Tobi W., @Johannxs, said:
"An interesting entrant to the APC. Welcome Governor Ben Ayade."
Obinna Nwosu, @obi_Nwosu, said:
"Ben Ayade has decamped to the APC on rumours that he has joined the list of those promised 2023 presidency. As it stands now 3 from the south south, 3 from the south east and 3 from the southwest have allegedly been promised 2023 presidency. One seat, 9 promises. How will it end?"
Prof Elvis Ose, @Ehimotor, said:
"Politics Is Truly A Game… Kill yourself for these politicians at your own peril…
"Gov. Ben Ayade, everyone saw this coming but the question on everyone’s lip was WHEN? To the youths out there, these POLITICIANS in power doesn’t care about you but their interest. 2023 go hot!"
Banqie A., @AdeBanqie, said:
"It will be interesting to see how APC stans who had once derided and denigrated Ben Ayade in the past begin to sing his praises to high heavens for his unrivaled achievements in Cross River state."
K.S. Omo Ola, @AderemiSiji, said:
"Just like that Ben Ayade has joined APC. Now I see why some in PDP are very worried about 2023"
Gřéâť Ọřäčľę Āšśïšťåñť Gear, @Oyiegbokhare, said:
"Ben Ayade joins APC are you surprised? No you shouldn't be expect other to follow suit in the next few weeks.
"Officially Cross River State is bought and paid for."
Legit.ng notes that Ayade's defection is coming almost two weeks after some PDP governors held a meeting in Cross River state to persuade him from making the move.
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.