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Cross River deputy speaker, council chairperson, commissioners, others quit PDP

All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

Following the recent defection of the Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), several supporters across the state have keyed into the political realignment.

The latest is the Chairperson of the Calabar South Local Government Area, Esther Bassey, who has formally defected from PDP to APC.

Bassey moved to APC, alongside lawmakers, commissioners, aides, and stalwarts in the council area.

Her move to the APC looks significant as the area has one of the highest registered voters in the state and plays host to a number of political heavyweights in the state.

The Chairperson registered for APC alongside all the councillors of the local government and political appointees from the area.

Other chieftains from the area, who also defected with the Chairperson, include the Deputy Speaker of the State Assembly, Joseph Bassey, and the Chief Whip of the Assembly, Okon Ephraim.

Others were the Commissioner of International Donor Support, Inyang Asibong, the State Chief of Protocol, Emmanuel Asikpo as well as the Commissioner for Environment Mfon Bassey.

Speaking after her defection, the Council Chairperson said they needed to join the Governor in connecting to the centre and commended the Governor for the bold move.

She decried the high level of unemployment in the area and said the defection would afford youth in the area more opportunities.

Bassey said: “We are happy because His Excellency asked us to move and we are moving to the centre where decisions are taken.

“We want to be part of the decision making process and we support him on this..

“With the number and calibre of people here, Calabar South is zero-PDP and we formally declare for the APC.”

Also speaking, the Deputy Speaker of the assembly, Joseph Bassey, said joining APC was for the benefit of the people of Calabar South.

He said it would bring big benefits as the state had suffered in the past six years that it was in the opposition.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Environment, Mfon Bassey, welcomed the ongoing political alignment in the state.

He said Cross River State was the biggest winner and they would work together to help the Governor actualise his plans for the state.

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