By Micheal Jegede (Abuja)

Former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), has applauded the decision by the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, to join Nigeria's ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a statement issued on Thursday, Ndoma-Egba, who was the Secretary of the APC 2018 National Convention Planning Committee, said: “On behalf of myself and political associates, I heartily congratulate Your Excellency, Senator Prof. Ben Ayade, Governor of Cross River State, on your well thought out decision to formally defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and join the league of Progressive Governors in Nigeria.

“Your Excellency will recall that Cross River State has always been in the mainstream of Nigeria politics. There is no gainsaying the fact that the past 6 years of being in the opposition have impacted the State negatively, even though you have consciously navigated the ship of governance in sync with the APC-led Federal Government. As a State, we can ill afford to remain in the opposition. I commend you for recognizing this fact and doing the needful for the good of our dear State.”

The APC chieftain, who is the Chairman of the Peace, Reconciliation and Rehabilitation Committee on the Ebom/Ebijaghara and Ediba/Usumutong communal crisis recently constituted by governor Ayade, however, added that: “As you join us in the Progressives fold, my expectation is that your coming will enrich our internal democracy. And l enjoin you to be consultative, inclusive, democratic, transparent, and accountable because these are the hallmarks of the All Progressives Congress family.

"I also expect that your presence in the APC will further strengthen the party and improve our electoral fortunes in Cross River State. I have no doubts that the APC family in the State has received you with open arms and will work with you to our dear State on the path of unprecedented socioeconomic and political development.

“Our core objective remains forging a stronger, united, and formidable APC that will deliver the dividends of good governance to all Cross Riverians irrespective of political affiliation, ethnicity, and religion. I trust that you are well in tandem with this. Once again, congratulations and welcome to the All Progressives Congress.” NNL.

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