By Our Reporter
A prominent Industrialist and former Cross River State Commissioner for Lands, Arc. Bassey Eyo Ndem today told a mammoth crowd of APC supporters in Calabar, that he dumped the People’s Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress because of justice, equity and fairness.
Arc. Eyo Ndem was speaking during a defection rally organized by the leadership of the APC in the state to receive him and others into the party.
Ndem, an accomplished architect, was one of the founding members of the PDP in Cross River State and caucus leader of Akpabuyo LGA.
He defected alongside other prominent PDP members including Hon. Orok Duke, a former deputy speaker of the Cross River State House of assembly and Barr. Edem Ekong a former Adviser to governor Liyel Imoke among thousands of others.
According to Arc. Ndem “becausee His Excellency, at several fora stood on the principle of rotation and by rotation, he simply means turn by turn.
“And I trust that from everything I have seen so far, His Excellency, the Governor, will continue to uphold the ethics which has made the Southern Senatorial district stand by him even in his moment of greatest trial.”
He therefore, called on all Cross Riverians never to relent in showing massive support to governor Ayade in other to help him finish strong.
Meanwhile, governor Ayade again reiterated his commitment to ensure the sustenance of the governorship rotational principle.
Addressing thousands of APC supporters at the defection rally, the governor said,! “…It is against this background that I will keep to my words. 2023 is a harbinger of peace, equity and justice so that every one of us will have a sense of equity and sense of balance to maintain and sustain our politics. This will enable everybody to know his turn at every given time,”
Describing PDP as a dead party, the governor said, “The array of political juggernauts joining us in APC today were the men who made PDP thick. Today, they have joined us in APC, so where is the PDP in Cross River? The party is dead.”
According to him, “When I turned my back and look at Cross River-from Obanliku to Bakassi- I wonder where the opposition is coming from. PDP in Cross River is finished, it is now an empty shell, APC is in total control.
“Anybody who wants us to remain in opposition does not wish us well. We have socketed to the centre and APC has come to stay in Cross River. Our state is better off with the APC.”
In May 2021, governor Ben Ayade, joined the APC from the PDP. A move he described as an attempt to help the administration of President Buhari address myriads of issues.