*Ndoma Egba, Ebri, Jeddy, others dump PDP
National Chairman, All Pro¬gressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has debunked claims making the rounds that the leadership of the party is jittery over the Supreme Court’s ruling in favour of PDP governorship candidates in Akwa Ibom and Rivers States.
Oyegun made the remark while field¬ing questions from reporters shortly after his arrival at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar, en route Government Secondary School, Atu, venue of the reception organised by the APC to welcome all newly registered members into its fold in Cross River.
He said the outcry over the ruling so far has been that of his party’s individual members and does not in any way rep¬resent the party’s position.
Oyegun stated: “The APC is not finding it difficult to accept the verdict of the Su¬preme Court. All we are after is to know the reason behind the ruling in the first place. No one can question the decision of the apex court.”
Welcoming the over 1,000 new mem¬bers, he said the defection of prominent citizens from various parties into APC is a statement that the Cross Riverians have really embraced the progressives and the reform agenda of President Mu¬hammadu Buhari’s administration.
“We are not the Ghana-must-go party, neither do we share dollars. We have started moving but we need men of goodwill to help us clear this country. Few years from now, we are going to have a progressive government in Cross River considering the high calibre of people who have moved into the party. Their presence would indeed usher in the desired change in the politics of Cross River State, nay Nigeria,” Oyegun said.
Prominent citizens of the state who were received into the APC included for¬mer Senate leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, immediate past commissioner in the Ni¬ger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Hon. Paul Adah, former Gover¬nor of Cross River, Clement Ebri, former chairman of PDP, Ambassador Soni Abang, former Cross River SSG, Johnson Ebokpo and the wife, Sen. Bassey and former PDP governor¬ship aspirant, Mr Goddy Agba as well as Fidelis Ugbo, former Labour Party (LP) governorship candi¬date.
In his remarks at the event, Ndoma- Egba said: “Democracy is about choices and alternatives. Today we join the APC, which is the viable alternative platform. Cross River as a one-party state is no longer tenable. Change has come.”