A former governor of Cross River State, Mr Donald Duke has returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Chairman of the state PDP Caretaker Committee, Effiok Cobham, disclosed this on Wednesday, May 26, at a press briefing in Calabar, the state capital.
Cobham, who was asked to confirm the speculations that the former governor had returned to the party and he said, “Yes, he has even registered”.
Duke, a two-term governor of Cross River, who ruled the state between 1999 and 2007, had earlier defected from PDP to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), where he contested the 2019 presidential election.
It was learnt that there was wide jubilation when the news of Duke’s return to the PDP filtered into the state, as many described it as a step in the right direction.
A PDP faithful, Matthew Nsikan said:
“Donald Duke enjoys tremendous support and goodwill across the state, he is regarded as the architect of the modernization of Calabar because of his performance as governor.“We all understand the circumstances that made him leave the PDP and we are happy that he has put that behind him and returned. This is where he truly belongs”.
Duke’s return to the PDP is coming few days after Governor Ben Ayade left for the All Progressives Congress (APC), alongside his deputy, and other aides.
Duke is yet to make an offical statement concerning his return to the party.