Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade on Thursday, June 3, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja
It was the first time the president will be meeting Ayade since he joined his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), two weeks ago.
Ayade had, while announcing his defection, said his decision was borne out of the need to bring Cross River State in sync with the policies and programmes of the federal government.
“I believe that if everyone of us as governors, join hands with Mr President, I think we can sit on the same dining table and fashion out a way to govern this country.
“We need all governors to recognize that it is not party that matters. It is character, it is honour, it is commitment to the vision of this great nation.
“We all need to, as a team, work ahead of the President by working towards building a prosperous country that the succession worries of 2023 will come without the fears and the worries the international community has for us”, he had said.
Ayade, Villa sources said, intimated the president on some key needs of his state and also pledged his loyalty during the closed door meeting which lasted for about 45 minutes.