Rural Women and Girl Child Initiative, a group committed to empowering women and girl child in the rural areas, has welcomed Governor Ben Ayade who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling All Progressive Congress on Thursday.
The Coordinator of the group, Ms. Theresa Ushie Akwaji who urged Ayade to be transparent and accountable as those qualities are the hallmark of the party, described the defection as one that was much expected and very well appreciated.
The statement read: “The Rural Women and Girl Child Initiative heartily welcomes and congratulate Your Excellency, Senator Prof. Ben Ayade, Governor of Cross River State his glorious decision to formally defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) thereby being among the league of Progressive Governors in Nigeria.”
“Cross-River as a State, cannot afford to remain in the opposition. I commend you for recognizing this fact and doing the needful for the good and prosperity of our dear State, this goes a long way to show that you are conscious of the welfare of the people in the state
“I enjoin you to be transparent, committed and accountable because these are the hallmarks of the ruling part as I believe in good spirit that your defection will enrich our internal democracy, further strengthen the party and in all improve our electoral process in Cross River State.
“Let me also commend His Excellency Governor Buni of Yobe State, for creating an enabling environment in the All Progressive Congress that can promote justice, performance and service delivery, which encouraged Gov. Ben Ayade and Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State to join the party. Governor Buni’s who is the APC National Committee Chairman, has a unique and stellar leadership style which he uses to recognize people who can genuinely work for the progress of the party.
“Our Perseverance kept the party alive and has provided a credible alternative for Governor Ben Ayade to defect and you wonder why we are rejoicing? we are rejoicing because we stood firm and believed in the movement.” She added.
Ms. Ushie however hailed the party leaders, members and foot soldiers who has overtime stood firm, stating that they are the true heroes of the movement.