The storm rocking the All  Progressive Congress APC in Cross River
State escalated   this weekend as over 5000 members in the Northern senatorial district of the state dumped the party to join the  opposition People’s Democratic Party PDP
Breakdown indicate that most of the  defectors  are  from Obudu  and Yala,the home local government councils of Governor Ben Ayade and Barr Alphonsus Eba,the APC state Chairman respectively.
The latest composition include Governor Ben Ayade’s appointee, ward  executives of the ruling party,leaders of women groups as well as members of the Hausa community.
Welcoming  the new influx at the TTC field Igoli in Ogoja,the PDP Vice Chairman Northern Senatorial District Chief Austin Edibe applauded their boldness and patriotic action.
He implored them to get to work immediately by mobilizing their followers for the PDP ahead the 2023 elections to guarantee a landslide victory.
Addressing the mammoth crowd,the Senator representing Cross River North, Senator Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe noted that the collosal demange inflicted on virtually every aspect of the Nigerian  society by the APC at the  national and state levels clearly distinguished the PDP as the viable option to rescue Nigeria and Cross River from impending collapse.
According to him” the corrosive demange done  to our collective inheritance as a state by Governor Ben Ayade  is painful and unprecedented. No  Cross Riverian  with  genuine interest of the state at heart can afford to continue to dine and wine with APC at the expense of our common patrimony, enough is enough”
Senator Jarigbe  sued for loyalty, cohesion and team spirit assuring that no labour of love will go unrewarded under the PDP
Commenting, the former Deputy Governor of the state and Chairman of the PDP Reconciliation committee Barrister Efiok Cobham stated that reclaiming Cross River State from the brink of total destruction courtesy of the maladministration of Governor Ben Ayade is task that must be done by every right thinking indigene and well wishers of Cross River State.
On the reason for her  defection, a senior special assistant on social services to Governor Ben Ayade Mrs Iwi Adah disclosed this” the charismatic leadership quality and sincerity of purpose exhibited by Senator Jarigbe prompted my action. Besides, having tested the two,PDP remains the best party with genuine intentions to address the needs and aspirations  of our people”
In his remark,the  former chapter treasurer of the APC in Obudu,Agim Joseph Agim cited the sincere compassion demonstrated by Senator Jarigbe towards his constituents as well as the  litany of visible people oriented projects which he has facilitated to add value to lives and boost economic development.
Speaking,former APC ward secretary in Ukpah ,Bekwara  Local Government, Mr Ushie James Odey  said” having spent seven years in APC, it’s sad to observed that APC has nothing to offer except sorrow, anguish and pains, I can’t longer endure the sufferings”
Also speaking, the Labour candidate in the last Ogoja Yala bye election Dominic Ebi opined he sees  the PDP as the mobest remedy to rescue Cross River from.the current malaise.
Highpoints of the event featured burning of the brooms,the symbol of APC and distribution of the famous  customized umbrellas