The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, who yesterday defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has disclosed that he decamped because of President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership qualities, .
He added that he wants to help the President in effectively dealing with the numerous challenges currently facing the country.
The Governor spoke on Thursday night, on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’.
His words: “As to whether there are issues in the PDP, no. The party stood by me all through the way.
“In any other legal issue that I have had, PDP had stood with me. PDP gave me the opportunity to be a Senator; PDP gave me the opportunity to be Governor. I would never have any time to pull down PDP. I have integrity, character, and honour. My politics have ethics. My decision to join APC, is to join the President to reduce the tension in the country.
“I feel depressed when the nation is challenged with security issues.
“Instead of us rising as an orgasmic whole to see how we can support the President to deal with these foreign herders that are colonising our various roads and farms, we rather sit back; we tend to create an impression as if the government is not doing well.
“I am happy to announce to you that very soon, more Governors are joining (the APC), because what we want to achieve is a country where we all can sit with the President and agree on our succession process, we do not have to fight.
“All the Chairmen of the Local Governments, almost all the House of Assembly Members, most of the National Assembly Members, my entire Commissioners and cabinet today.
“That is the amount of the political structure … in Cross River State, once the Governor moves, everybody moves.”