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Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Governor Ayade’s Special Adviser on SDGs resigns after his defection to APC from PDP


Governor Ayade?s Special Adviser on SDGs resigns after his defection to APC from PDP

The Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on Sustainable Development Goals, Mark Obi, has resigned from his position.


In his resignation letter which he signed and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Calabar, Obi who had represented Boki 2 State Constituency in the Cross River House of Assembly under the PDP between 1999 and 2007, said that “as a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he would not defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC).


“Following recent happenings in the political alignment of the state governor, I am persuaded to review my involvement in the current state administration.


“Consequently, being a founding and subsisting member of the PDP in Cross River, I cannot in good conscience remain in my appointment as Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals.


“I hereby resign my appointment as Special Adviser immediately. I am very grateful to Governor Ayade for finding me worthy to serve the state in the said capacity.


“Nevertheless, I will continue to support the state and government in any way possible as a stakeholder and senior citizen,” the letter read.


This comes days after Governor Ben Ayade decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from People’s Democratic Party (PDP).


Speaking during the defection two weeks ago, Ayade said, “We need to join hands with President Buhari in his determination to enhance the fortunes of the country.


“I need all governors to similarly join me and understand my decision to join the APC.


“We need to work ahead with the president for the future and unity of Nigeria. We all need to sit at the same dining table with Mr Presidential to save Nigeria.


“It is my responsibility to bring back Cross River to the centre in order to enhance her fortunes


“I therefore formally declare myself a member and leader of APC in Cross River State.”


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