- The planned defection of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state to the APC has been condemned by some party members
- They made their dissatisfaction known by protesting against the planned defection
- An aide to the governor, however, said there was no truth in the rumour that Ayade was planning to defect to APC
Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River state have reportedly protested the planned defection of Governor Ben Ayade to the party.
The protest which reportedly took place at the national secretariat of APC in Abuja saw members of the party bearing placards with the claim that they will do everything to resist the plan of the governor to defect to the APC.
The Sun, however, reports that the protesters were criticised by the secretariat staff claiming that nobody protested the defection of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state from the party.
Going further, Sankara Unung, the group’s spokesperson, said the party stakeholders in the state are not comfortable with the antics of the governor.
“Ayade is a man with grand scale skimming techniques. APC does not have any space for him and his ilk.
“For a man whose party was roundly and unprecedentedly rejected for his poor and abysmal performance, APC cannot be and should never be his safe heaven.
“Ayade is running Cross River State like a fiefdom where he designated his younger brother as the co-governor with state powers. A man who is aiding and abating corruption using his direct sibling as proxy should not be allowed to identify with a party with a decent pedigree like our great party, the APC.
“The governor is always laying claim to phantom projects which he uses to deceive the people. The level of poverty and suffering of the people is too much. Ayade does not deserve to be given a space in APC,” Unung said.
However, special assistant and Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Christian Ita to the governor said the APC members’ protest against Ben Ayade’s planned defection is an attempt to tarnish his image.
The CPS who said taht those protesting are jobbers who are sponsored to cause disaffection among PDP members claimed that rumur of the governor’s defection is not true.
“I can tell you that Ben Ayade is not defecting to APC. The rumour has been on for a while. He is in PDP and remain steadfast in the party. He is not moving to anywhere after all, he was in Ekiti to campaign for the party,” he said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Friday, July 20, said that over 34,000 Cameroonians were taking refuge in six local government areas of the state.
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John Inaku, the director general of SEMA in the state, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar.
Inaku said the inflow was as the result of the crisis in Cameroon over the demand for Ambazonia Republic by the Southern Cameroonians.
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