As the defection wind blows across parts of the country, Cross River State governor, Prof
Ben Ayade has vowed not to leave the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Ayade said he had no business joining the APC because there was no attraction there. He said it was unfortunate that people were
interpreting his personal relationship with the president, Muhammadu Buhari to mean that he was on his way to the APC. The governor spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Christian Ita.
He said “there is absolutely no truth to the report that Governor Ayade is defecting to the APC. It is fake news. It is the fertile imagination of the author of the report. The governor has a relationship with the president based on governance.
“So there is a need for us as a people to understand that governance is different from politics. Ayade is a committed PDP member.”
A few days earlier when TNN reached him to
comment on the same issue, he had said that “the man(Ayade) has not told anyone he is going to APC.
“And let's assume without conceding, that he is going to APC, will he be doing so alone? There would have been ongoing discussions with stakeholders such as house of assembly members, political appointees, and the general political establishment in the state
“None of this is going on. And seriously, I am tired of discussing a rumour that has been on for three years now and has remained a rumour. The question is, what is the attraction to APC in a state with PDP in its DNA?”