The former Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, Ntete Bassey Duke has deserted the party.
He, alongside other APC chieftains in the state and 50 supporters, have now registered with Labour Party.
Bassey Duke and his supporters were received by the state chairman of LP, Ambassador Ogar Osim in the presence of other members of the state executive.
Ntete, a former Buhari Campaign Director-General in 2015, said APC is steadily collapsing and it is impossible to resuscitate the party.
“I had to look elsewhere from APC because as it is that party is steadily crumbling.
“I doubt much that that party will be able to recover with the way things are going”, he said.
He thanked the leadership of LP at the national and state level for bringing a platform where many Nigerians that feel uncomfortable in their parties can always move to alternative platforms and contribute their quotas to national development.
Ogar Osim congratulated Ntete and his supporters and assured them that LP is the democratic platform Nigerians are yearning for.
He assured that with the mass registrations being recorded daily in the party in the state, they are going to spring positive surprises during the general elections next year.
In a related development, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in Cross River state, Sen. Sandy Onor has unveiled ex-Channels broadcaster, Emana Duke Ambrose-Amawhe as deputy governorship candidate for the 2023 elections.
While speaking during the unveiling at the PDP Secretariat, on Monday, Sandy said in the quest for a deputy governorship candidate they consulted stakeholders widely in a bid to ensure that everyone was carried along and on board with the decision to pick Emana as running mate.
He said that there were no 100 per cent decisions in politics, adding that everyone would sooner or later accept the choice they have made because of the painstaking consultation they embarked on.
He said: “When you make up your mind to lead it means you are ready to serve, leadership is service. The decision to pick Emana was a “double-barrel proposition” considering her youthfulness and gender.
“In taking the decision, there was no segment of the party that was not reached; men, women, youths, leaders, elders amongst other.
“Since the time of Cecelia Ekpeyong as deputy governor, we have not been carrying the women along again. So, we came to the conclusion that we need to carry our women along again.
“To simply put it, all the men who are available for the position were adequately qualified but we thought that we should not be selfish. Women cannot just be cheer leaders all the time, they need to be given a pride of place.
“We needed a double-barrel proposition, a woman that can appeal to the youths, a mother, visionary and a deep intellect who will be determined to work to change Cross River for good and take the state to where it ought to be.
“We find all these qualities in Ambrose-Amawhe. She has momentum, vision, resilience, integrity and character. She is a woman of double-barrel proposition”, Onor said.