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APC schemes Ayade’s defection ahead of 2023 polls

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Preparations for the 2023 elections have commenced in earnest by various stakeholders with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) reportedly scheming to lure Cross-River Governor, Ben Ayade into its fold.

According to a THISDAY report, four APC governors on Wednesday paid a visit to Ayade with the aim of ensuring his defection from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The APC governors involved are Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Senator Hope Uzodimma of Imo State; Hon. Simon Lalong of Plateau State; and the Chairman of APC National Caretaker Committee and Yobe State Governor, Mr. Mai Mala Buni, according to the report.

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An anonymous source revealed that the APC delegation was led by Buni with the aim of holding “a meeting with the governor and they will address a press tomorrow (today),” he said.

He said he was not aware of the governor’s response to their mission.

Political observers had speculated that Ayade is engaged in a feud with the PDP leadership over his loss during the recent state congress where he lost control of the structures.

By Mayowa Oladeji

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