The opposition Peoples’Democratic Party (PDP) collapsed as thousands of it’s members including ward excos, party leaders and members defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ugaga Ward Yala Local Government Area, Cross River State.
In a gathering of a mammoth crowd of APC supporters,the pride of Ugaga Kingdom, the workaholic and capacity Commissioner for Local Government Affairs Cross River State, Hon. Dr. Mrs. Stella Odey-Ekpo received heroinic welcome by the mammoth crowd that gathered at St. peter’s primary School the venue where the opposition PDP members officially defected in their thousands into APC.
The decampees who acknowledged the effective and responsive leadership of Sen.Prof Ben Ayade as their Governor noted that such progressive legacies of leadership as demonstrated by the Apc Northern Senatorial flag bearer was lacking in the PDP which made them to dump the PDP for the APC.
In her opening remarks, Dr Stella Odey Ekpo thanked her people for always standing tall by His Excellency, Sen Prof Ben Ayade, who has given her the platform to serve the people of Cross River State.
In the same vein,the former PDP treasurer Idagu Thomas Agi aka Tipper Driver, who led fifty persons to defect said “I and my team can’t keep fighting Hon.Dr Stella Odey Ekpo a woman who is, has been and is always willing to sacrifice all for her people.I have been watching APC consistency in doing things over the years , what prompted my leaving PDP to the ruling APC is the continuous in house fighting, injustice ,lack of integrity, poor reward system and lack of equity in the PDP.
“I was moved to tears as the woman who I have been deceived to fight over the years has proven to be the Messiah of my people today, by addressing our problems as a people,providing us two giant transformers, boreholes, grants, scholarship to our students, entrepreneurship development , medical outreach to our poor and aged parents amongst other of her philanthropic gestures.”
He also seized the opportunity to thank His Excellency Sen.Prof Ben Ayade for his kind gestures towards the people of Yala.
On his part, Mr Agaba Christopher Ugbada thanked Dr Mrs Stella Odey-Ekpo for being such an epitome of beauty with brain and open mindedness to have accepted them wholeheartedly as prodigal brothers and sisters who were deceived to be in their former PDP. Mr Agaba is the PDP leader in Oluohu Odey polling unit of Ijegu – Yala.
According to Mr Ekawu Sunday Ijoko former PDP canvasser in Ibu Ipuole polling unit of Woda, “There’s no love in PDP again hence my reason for joining our mother whom has shown us love in APC”.
Mr Clement Oko Oleja, coordinator reclaim Cross River Ugaga ward said, “God will not allow people deceiving party PDP to reclaim Cross River or we should expect the unexpected, today I submit myself wholeheartedly to my leader Dr Mrs Stella Odey-Ekpo and the APC family of Ugaga ward.He thanked the Governor and Apc Northern Senatorial flag bearer for consistently being an alert master to the entire Cross Riverians.
Chief OCY Brovo, thanked His Excellency Sen Prof Ben Ayade for listening to the plea of the people of Ugaga kingdom through their daughter Dr Mrs Stella Odey-Ekpo by providing two giant transformers to illuminate Igbekurikor and Ugaga communities. “we the people of Ugaga ward, especially those that have never traveled out of the shores of Yala are saying thank you Sir for giving us the opportunity to see how a dualized city road looks like in our own community as we know our people of Okpoma Ward to Mfom Ogoja will soon share in this ample opportunity.
The entire atmosphere of Ugaga kingdom was filled with joy, awards for best performing polling unit of Ugaga ward was presented and other prices were won as a motivation to do more in the forthcoming General Elections .