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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, received the Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
This is two weeks after he dumped his previous party.
Though he was espected to be introduced by the leadership of the APC, he was led to the President by Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
Speaking on why he was joining the APC, Ayade had highlighted the character attributes of President Muhammadu Buhari and the realisation that Cross River, which has been emasculated economically following the ceding of its oil wells, needed to be in sync with the party at the center, as the main reasons for moving.
Ayade said until he defected to be ruling party, he was a committed and dedicated member of the PDP.