Another House of Reps Member Dumps PDP for APC, Gives Reason

Another House of Reps Member Dumps PDP for APC, Gives Reason

- The PDP has lost another prominent member in Cross River state to the ruling APC

- Mike Etaba, a member of the lower legislative chamber, said joined the APC because of Governor Ayade

- Governor Ayade had on Thursday morning, May 20, announced his defection to the APC

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Mike Etaba, a member of the House of Representatives from Cross River, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Etaba said his decision was informed by the defection of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state from the PDP to the APC, The Nation reported.

Mike Etaba: After Ayade's Defection, House of Reps Member From Cross River Dumps PDP for APC, Gives Reason
Mike Etaba, House of Reps member From Cross River state, has followed Governor Ayade to APC. Photo credit: @senatorbenayade
Source: Twitter gathers the lawmaker officially registered for the APC in his political ward in Obubra local government area of the state at the weekend, Leadership newspaper also reported.

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Etaba who represents Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency described himself as Governor Ayade’s foot soldier for all seasons, promising to continue to stand with him even beyond 2023.

Governor Ayade on Thursday morning, May 20, announced his defection from the PDP to the APC.

The governor made the announcement during a meeting with some APC governors who paid him a visit at the government house.

Ayade during his announcement hinted that his defection would enable cross River state to benefit more from the federal government.

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Meanwhile, the Cross River state governor has also declared that more PDP governors would leave the opposition party for the APC.

He gave the hint when he featured as a guest on Channels TV’s Politics Today, in the evening of Thursday, May 20.

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Ayade said that some of his colleagues would dump the PDP for the ruling APC in the next few weeks, saying that what they want to achieve is a country where they can sit with the president.

Reacting to the development, the governor of Taraba state, Darius Ishaku, described the Cross River state governor's move as embarrassing and shocking to the opposition party.

He made this known on Thursday, May 20, after meeting with the president's chief of staff, Ibrahim Gambari, at the State House, Abuja.

According to him, governors elected on the platform of the PDP see themselves as an alternative to the APC, adding that they are all doing very well in their respective states.


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