The Cross River State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says very soon there will be mass exodus of politicians from other parties to the ruling party in the state.
The Caretaker Chairman of the party, Mathew Mbu, who made this known to newsmen on Tuesday, said following the defection of Governor Ben Ayade, more people have signaled their intention to also cross over.
He said among the frontline politicians expected are legislators at both state and National Assembly as well as other allies of the governor.
“When they gave me the position of chairman of the state caretaker committee, the party was divided and needed a unifier. They asked me to unite the party and to turn the state into an APC one come 2023.“We started unifying the party and God went further to bless us with the defection of Ayade. In fact, our aim was to get the state in 2023 but to our pleasant surprise, it came earlier than we thought”.
Mbu, however, faulted some reports that APC faithful in the state were not happy with Ayade’s defection to the party, describing the reports as baseless and should be disregarded.
“I know that some people were not happy with his coming, but concerning the position of the state lawmakers who have refused to follow him, everything will fall in line in due course.“When I was made the chairman, somebody said the state will become an APC state but they did not believe him.
Mbu said APC has come to stay in Cross River and everybody was happy about it.
The state deputy governor, Ivara Esu joined his boss to cross over to the APC a few days after Ayade dumped the PDP.
It is only time that will determine whether the legislators, both at state and national level, will defect to the APC.
It will be recalled that the Cross River State caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the National Assembly on Friday, May 21, declared that Governor Ben Ayade did not consult them before defecting, insisting that he was on his own.
The National legislators, who described themselves as “legacy members” of the PDP, made the declaration at a press briefing at Abuja.
The lawmakers present at the briefing were Senator Gershom Bassey, Senator Liyel Imoke, Senator Sunday Onor; Hon. Daniel Asuquo; Hon. Bassey Ekpo; Barr. Asuquo Eke; Chris Ngora; and Etta Mbora.