Governor Ayade meets Babachir Lawal, denies allegations of joining APC

by on May 4, 2017
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has held talks with the suspended Secretary to Government of the Federa­tion (SGF), Mr. Babachir David Lawal in Abuja.
Ayade arrived at Lawal’s residence at 5.22pm last Monday in the company of a few of his aides and left the house 30 minutes later.
None of the aides of Ayade and Lawal was will­ing to comment on the meeting when contacted.
Ayade who was elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been rumoured to be contemplating joining the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Recently, the state chap­ter of the PDP expressed its support for the Court of Appeal-anointed party Na­tional Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.
The Cross River PDP Chairman, Edim Inok, had pledged his members’ loy­alty to Sheriff, a few hours after another official of the party had said that the state was loyal to the Ahmed Markarfi faction.
The Executive Chairman of Cross River State Universal Basic Edu­cation Board (SUBEB) and close confidant of the gov­ernor, Dr. Stephen Odey, denied any plan by Ayade to defect to APC.
He asked: “Why are people eager to see the gov­ernor go to APC? His Ex­cellency is supporting Pres­ident Muhammadu Buhari as a Nigerian; he cannot be fighting Mr. President like some other governors.

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