Immediate past special adviser to the Cross State Governor on Job Placement, Jesse William who resigned from the government of Prof Ben Ayade a few days ago is joining forces with chieftains of the opposition APC to remove the governor from office.
William told TNN in a telephone interview on Thursday that he defected from PDP to the APC so that he could partner APC members in the state to defeat PDP in the state in 2019.
According to him, “I left PDP to join APC so that we will wipe out PDP in 2019. APC is becoming a formidable force in Cross River State. The PDP in the state is no longer as strong as it used to be as most of the stalwarts have joined APC.”
On the crisis rocking APC in the state, he said whatever the internal differences in the party will soon be resolved amicably.“Don't family members quarrel? Thereafter they resolve their differences. Does the PDP not have crisis?” he asked. He however declined to give reasons why he quit Ayade's government, saying it was personal.
When confronted that those close to him said he left because of frustration at the way the state was being run and that he was sidelined, he said he had no idea about that and insisted that he left due to personal reasons which he was not ready to disclose.
Earlier, he had said, “power is transient. It is God that gives power. The calibre of people that have left PDP in Cross River state, you can see. If these people come together in 2019 they will win the state. Before now, PDP used to be so strong."
Sources close to William, who has been a member of the PDP since 1999 when the party took over power in the state, said he quit because he was getting increasingly frustrated on the job.
In a letter dated Wednesday, 14 February, William had informed the chairman of PDP, Agwagune/Okurike Ward, Agwagune, in Biase local government area, about the resignation of his membership of the party.
He was seen on Friday, 16 February removing his belongings from his office behind governor's office complex at Diamond Hill, Calabar. And the following day, he defected to the APC with hundreds of his supporters.
He disclosed that he was under pressure to run for the House of Representatives, but that he hadn't made up his mind yet to run.
His defection from APC to PDP in the state is not the first in recent times. Some of the PDP big wigs in the state that have defected to APC after the 2015 general elections include Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, Senator Owan Enoh representing Cross River North Central District, former House of Reps member and member representing Cross River on the board of NDDC Paul Adah, suspended member of Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. Elocate Ekom who represented Obubra II Constituency, and many others.