APC Govs Storm Calabar, Lobby Ayade to Defect


Chuks Okocha in Abuja and Bassey Inyang in Calabar

Four governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday stormed Calabar, Cross River State capital, to lobby Governor Ben Ayade to defect from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling APC, THISDAY’s investigation has revealed.

THISDAY gathered that the four governors are: Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Senator Hope Uzodimma of Imo State; Hon. Simon Lalong of Plateau State; and the Chairman of APC National Caretaker Committee and Yobe State Governor, Mr. Mai Mala Buni.

It was, however, gathered that Jigawa State Governor, Mr. Abubakar Badaru, and his Kebbi State counterpart, Mr. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, could not make it to Calabar as bad weather conditions did not allow their aircraft to land.

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Timipre Sylva, was also said to be in the APC team.

A source at the Cross River State Government House told THISDAY last night that the delegation was led by Buni.

“They have held a meeting with the governor and they will address the press tomorrow (today),” he said.

He said he was not aware of the governor’s response to their mission.
The Cross River State governor is having problems with the PDP over the conduct of the last state congress in the state where he lost control of the structures in the state.

He was absent at the last PDP governors’ meeting in Ibadan, Oyo State.
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Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State recently visited him to persuade him not to leave the opposition party.