The National Working Committee (NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, received some former appointees of Governor Ben Ayade who refused to decamp to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In an earlier release signed by Christian Ita, Special Adviser media and publicity, Governor Ayade approved the sack of two more commissioners in his cabinet and the special adviser on budget making a total of seven of those relieved of their appointments as members of the state executive council.
Their sack may not be unconnected with the current political development in the state, following the Governor’s defection to the ruling All Progreasives Congress APC.
Speaking at the occasion, the National Chairman of PDP, Mr. Uche Secondus, described the PDP as the party to take Nigeria to greater heights. He assured party members of a level playing ground for all.
Speaking on behalf of others relieved of their appointments, Mr Godwin Etta, former Commissioner for Water Resources said he could not follow Ayade to the APC because “there was no reason for that.” Others are Ntufam Gabe Odu Orji- Commissioner for Infrastructure and Hon. Moses Onoh- Special Adviser, Budget.
“I am tired of food on the table, and that is why I chose to remain with my people,” Etta said.
Mr Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra described Cross River as a ‘100 per cent PDP state’.
Obi, who was the Vice Presidential Candidate of PDP in the 2019 general elections, said Cross River was Nigeria’s destination under Governors Donald Duke and Liyel Imoke.
“But today all Cross River stood for have gone. Before you can sleep with your eyes closed but today you can no longer sleep with your eyes closed,” he said.
The former governor, Donald Duke used the opportunity to officially announce his formal return to the PDP. “I am back, ” he said.
The Chairman of the PDP governor’s forum, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto said the party was ready to take over the Federal Government in 2023.
“When we take over the government in 2023, we will start the restructuring of the country,” he said.
The chairman also formally inaugurated the new Secretariat Annex of the State chapter as well as the new interim State Executive of the party.