Defection: Gov Ayade clears the air
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Defection: Gov Ayade clears the air



Defection: Gov Ayade clears the air

Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade has denied reports that he may soon dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The governor, through his spokesman, Mr. Christian Ita, said the relationship between him and President Muhammadu Buhari is purely based on governance and not politics.

It will be recalled that the National Vice Chairman, North Central of the APC had boasted at a stakeholders meeting of the party in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital that three governors from the South East will defect to the PDP in the next three days earlier in the week.

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There had also been reports linking Ayade, Ebonyi governor, Dave Umahi and Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi with a possible move to APC.

Ayade’s spokesman, Ita said: “The governor is going nowhere. We have lived with this rumour from day one. The governor has said that there is a difference between governance and politics. Cross River is in the South-South but does not produce oil and we have so many projects that we have embarked on that require federal approval. How do you get the approval if you are not friendly with them? We are building a deep sea port and the super highway which both need federal approval.

“It is about governance and it has nothing to do with politics and governance. He was even at the PDP NEC meeting yesterday.

“His relationship with President Buhari is based on governance not on politics.”

By Timothy Enietan-Matthew…


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