– A chieftain of the PDP in Cross River, Florence Ita-Giwa, has officially announced her defection from the party to the ruling APC
– Ita-Giwa, fondly called Mama Bakassi, said her decision to dump the PDP was to lift her people from abject poverty
– The former senator said she would continue to use her knowledge and resourcefulness to support the administration of Governor Ayade
The Cross River chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost one of its chieftain, Florence Ita-Giwa, to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Legit.ng reports that this is coming barely 10 days after the governor of the state, Prof. Ben Ayade dumped the PDP for the APC.
I defected to APC to lift my people out of poverty
According to The Nation, Ita-Giwa, who was a former presidential adviser on National Assembly Matters and the leader of the Bakassi people, said on Tuesday, June 1, that she moved to the APC with Governor Ayade to lift her people out of poverty.
The former senator said it was incumbent upon her to do all she can to ameliorate the hardship her people are going through.
Leadership also reports that Ita-Giwa was responding to a columnist and the publisher of an online business magazine, The Alvin Report, Joseph Edgar, who had queried her defection to the APC and accepting an ambassadorial position from the governor.
“At 75 years of age, nothing will please me more than to relax and enjoy my celebrity status, attend events in eye-popping outfits and so on, but when a very driven digital governor like Senator Ben Ayade comes along with such verve and a vision that will lift my people and state out of perennial poverty, I am left with no option than to support him.
“Cross River state has had to bear the brunt of many economic setbacks, the loss of our oil fields, then more poignantly to me personally was the ceding of Bakassi to Cameroon. In my position as a leader, it is incumbent on me to do all in my power to ameliorate the hardship my people are going through.”
My intention is to promote industrialisation in Cross River
Ita-Giwa noted that she would not hesitate to do all that she can to promote industrialisation, which according to her, was the reason she accepted to be the state ambassador for industrial projects at the risk of being mocked by less discerning pundits.
She said over the years she has amassed tons of goodwill both nationally and internationally, saying that she believes now is the time to put it to good use on behalf of her state.
Ayade’s deputy Esu dumps PDP for APC
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the deputy governor of Cross River state, Prof. Ivara Ejemot Esu, officially resigned his membership of the PDP and joined the APC.
It was reported that the deputy governor’s official defection came days after his principal, Ben Ayade, joined the ruling party.
He said he is in support of his boss in his effort to move Cross River development to the next level, noting that the south-south had never been in opposition with the federal government since 1999 until the current dispensation.