Former Governor of Cross River State, Sen. Liyel Imoke, has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will receive defected Gov. Ben Ayade back to the party if he decides to return.
Ayade, who was elected governor on the platform of the PDP six years ago, shocked political pundits when he defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), raising the political stakes as the countdown to the 2023 general elections commences nationwide.
“I will welcome him. I will definitely welcome him. Ben and I don’t have personal differences, maybe political differences and that’s why I said that his decision to quit PDP may be personal to him,’’ Imoke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.
“Yes, it’s a game of power which should be played fairly and everybody has a right to take whatever decision that they choose and we should not hold it against them in eternity.
“So, certainly for anyone that wants to work to see the growth and development of Cross River State, we are willing to work with them at any time.
According to the PDP Chieftain, “If Ayade gets to the APC and it doesn’t look as good as he thought, then we’ll be glad to welcome him back as one of us, it’s a game of numbers so the more the merrier,’’ Imoke responded to a question whether Ayade would be able to hold a broom, the symbol of the APC.
“It is very interesting that I haven’t seen Gov. Ayade hold a broom, but I have always imagined in my head that Ben would look at the broom once or twice before he holds it.”