More than 20,000 people yesterday defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adadama, Abi Local Government area in Cross River State, home of the National Women Leader, Dr Betta Edu.
The massive defection was in solidarity with the National Woman Leader, Dr. Betta Edu, the unprecedented achievement of the APC and the sterling performance of Dr. Betta since she emerged as the National Women Leader of the party.
The Deputy Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency Prof. Ivara Ejemot Esu, OFR who represented the Governor Sen Ben Ayade, State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Barr. Alphonsus Eba and his Deputy Prince Eka Williams, Speaker of Cross River State House of Assembly and Senatorial Candidate of APC, Central Senatorial District, Rt. Hon. Eteng Jones Williams, Executive Chairman of Abi Local Government Council, Rt. Hon. Farathor Robinson and a host of other top government officials who graced the occasion of the home coming of the APC National Woman Leader Dr. Betta Edu jointly received and welcomed the defectors to the party.
The State party Chairman Barr. Alphonsus Eba chaged the defectors to continue to work together with their leader Dr. Betta Edu so they can always enjoy the dividends of democracy before handing them over to the Deputy Governor Prof. Ivara Ejemot Esu OFR for the official welcoming.
“As an LGA, God has blessed you with a leader like Dr. Betta Edu and it can only be wrong and devilish if anyone refuse to work with her, today she has the ears and attention of the Federal Government and this to you and the entire State is an added advantage. We accept you wholeheartedly to this progressive party on behalf of our digital governor Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade and we assure you that in our party we don’t have new comers or old comers as we’re all one and equal. Dr. Betta Edu has today finally collapsed the structures of PDP in Abi LGA as i can’t see anyone left in PDP again.” Prof. Ivara stated.
On her part, the APC National Woman Leader Dr. Betta Edu assured the defectors of equal rights and Privileges in the party. “We’re a progressive party and as such we treat everyone equally. For making this decision, let me reassure you my people that my empowerment programmes of free medical outreaches, renovation and upgrading of health facilities, Payment of school fees for our children, etc will continue and to add to that, the registration fee for all our students eligible for WAEC has been paid and this and many more I’ll continue to do.
“PDP is history as i wish to urge us all to go get our PVCs and get ready to vote APC from top to bottom. Very soon campaigns will start and i trust in my people to deliver as we have done it before and we’ll do it again.” She added.
Other dignitaries who graced the event were the representative of the APC National Chairman Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, Hon. Abdulazeez, Representative of the member representing Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency, Chairman of Yakurr Local Government Area, Hon. Ofem Ebri Obeten, his Calabar Municipality and Southern counterparts, Hon. Effefiong Eke, and Hon. Esther Bassey, House of Assembly member representing Abi State Constituency, Hon. Dr. Davies Etta, Members representing Yala 1&2 Rt. Hon. Regina Ayogor and Hon. Cynthia Nkasi, Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Prof. John Inyang, Chairman of Cross River State Waterboard Prof. Godwin Igile, House of Assembly Candidate of the APC for Ogoja State Constituency, Engr. Thomas Aruku, The Director General of the Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Janeth Ekpenyong, the Permanent Secretary of the CRSMOH Dr. Iwara Iwara, Ward Councillors, CROWEI and her Leadership, as well as the Paramount Ruler of Abi Local Government Area HRM Elder Ovai Solomon Edward, State Exco members of the APC, top government functionaries, Ward Exco members, party faithfuls, support groups, Women, Youths, etc.
Highpoints of the event was a homage visit to the palace of HRH Eval Nelson Agbomi, Lezelkpakor VI of Adadama Kingdom, free medical outreach, presentation of Scholarship/School fees to Adadama students, cash donations to students, Youths, Women, Traditional Dancers, and thousands of relief materials by the National Woman Leader, Dr. Betta Edu.