Donald Duke, Ayade's ex-aides welcomed by PDP

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Donald Duke: returns to PDP

Donald Duke: returns to PDP
Donald Duke: returns to PDP

By Benson Ezugwu/Calabar

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday received former Cross River governor Donald Duke and ex-aides of the renegade Governor Ben Ayade.

Ayade, on May 20, decamped to the All Progressives Congress(APC) alongside some of his aides.

Some of the aides declined to follow him.

They were formally received by the party chiefs.

The former governor, Donald Duke used the opportunity to officially announce his formal return to the PDP.

“I am back, ” he said.

The National Chairman of PDP, Mr Uche Secondus, said the party will take Nigeria to greater heights.

He assured party members of level playing ground for all.

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Mr Goodwin Etta, former Commissioner for Water Resources said he could not follow Ayade to the APC because “there was no reason for that.”

“I am tired of food on the table, and that is why I chose to remain with my people,” Etta said.

Mr Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra described Cross River as ‘100 per cent PDP state’.

Obi, who was the Vice Presidential Candidate of PDP in the 2019 general elections, said Cross River was Nigeria’s destination under Governors Donald Duke and Liyel Imoke.

“But today all Cross River stood for have gone. Before, you can sleep with your eyes closed but today you can no longer sleep with your eyes closed,” he said.

The Chairman of PDP governor’s forum, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto said the party was ready to take over the Federal Government in 2023.

“When we take over the government in 2023, we will start the restructuring of the country,” he said.

The chairman also formally inaugurated the new Secretariat Annex of the State chapter and inaugurated the new interim State Executive of the party.