By Inyali Peter, Calabar
The National Working Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led by the national chairman, Mr John Oyegun today formally received former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba and other top politicians who recently defected from PDP too APC in Cross River State.
Oyegun who said he was delighted that the former Senate Leader has led his team to pledge to the broom however challenged them to work round the clock to ensure that the APC take control of government in the state.
The national chairman said, “Now I know that Cross River State is a progressive state and the defection of the real shaker and mover of politics in the state is a demonstration that Cross Riverians believe in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He also noted that, ” We do not have Ghana-must-go bags to give to people but as a party, we believe that the nation must be governed with the thought of the people “.
While charging the defectors to let no stone unturned to ensure the party take over the South-South region, the national Vice Chairman (South-South) of the Party, Prince Hilliard Etah said that PDP is dead in Cross River State.
According to him, “Today the people of Cross River have made a bold statement. Today we are saying that the mandate of the people will no longer be sold to the highest bidder again. The defection is to say thank you to the President for what he has done for the state in just seven months”.
Other prominent politicians who were formerly welcomed with Ndoma Egba to APC includes, former governor of the state, Mr. Clement Ebri, former senator representing the southern senatorial district of the state, Senator Bassey Otu, former PDP governorship aspirant Price Gody Jedy, immediate past chairman of Cross River State internal revenue service, Dr. Peter Oti.
Others were, former executive secretary of national planning commission and Labour Party governorship aspirant in the last general elections, Barr Fidelis Ugbo, Chief of Staff to Imoke, Alex Ogbonna, former PDP state chairman Ambassador Sonny Abang, former two times house of reps member and the immediate commissioner representing the state in NDDC, Rt. Hon. Paul Adah amongst others.
Speaking on behalf of all the defectors from the central senatorial district of the state, Ndoma Egba said, “Democracy is about choices and today we have joined APC as a formidable alternative to lead the state to the highest height”.
Also speaking, Senator Otu who spoke for the southern senatorial district of the state, commended the mammoth crowd of supporters who moved with them to the APC.
“I thank you all for supporting and believing in us. Today we have over 7000 supporters who believe that you can’t change political life without changing political principle.
“From today, Cross River has become an APC state because we have joined with a firm resolve to build a strong state and a strong Nigeria”.
In his part, a kinsman of Governor Ayade, Prince Jedy Agba who represented the northern senatorial district of the state said that, “maybe we faulted before but today we are back home were the entire senatorial district of the governor truly belongs.”