- Liyel Imoke has cautioned members of the PDP against leaving for the ruling party
- According to the former Cross River state governor, the APC is collapsing as a political party
- Imoke made the disclosure at a PDP stakeholders’ meeting held on Sunday, May 23, in Calabar
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been warned against joining the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Punch reports that Liyel Imoke, the former governor of Cross River state issued the warning on Sunday, May 23, while speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting in Calabar.
According to the former governor, APC is a political party that is collapsing, adding that it is not the best place to go for Cross River state.
Imoke in reaction to the defection of Governor Ben Ayade said the movement of one man does not change the fact that Cross River is still a PDP state.
He went on to note that since the people have seen a different approach to governance under APC, it is not democratic. Imoke said the party will be handed over to youths in 2023.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Ayade announced his defection from the PDP to the APC.
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, Imo governor, Hope Uzodima, David Umahi of Ebonyi, and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti among others.
In a related development, Ayade credited President Muhammadu Buhari for his decision to dump the opposition for the ruling party.
The governor said the president has a nationalistic view and hence, the reason why he joined the ruling party.
He said all governors should leave politics aside and do everything to commit themselves to the vision of the country.
As expected, Ayade's defection attracted diverse reactions from Nigerians on social media.
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?"