We’re ready for APC, Ayade – Imoke
By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
The former Cross River state governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, has said the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) was fully ready to tackle Gov Ben Ayade’s new party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the 2023 general elections.
Imoke, who spoke during a stakeholders’ forum of the PDP in Calabar, aftermath of the defection of the governor to the APC, debunked insinuations that, with the defection, PDP was dead and buried in Cross River.
Flanked by some founding fathers and leaders of the PDP, National Assembly members and some State Assembly members who refused to defect alongside the governor, the former governor said the party would match APC strength for strength and money for money.
“Go and tell them that the original PDP is back and strong. Anything they want to use in 2023, we are ready. If they bring fight, we are ready; if it is voting strength we are equipped; if they boast of youths, we have more than enough for the battle ahead and if they boast if money, we are ready.
“We will go back to the drawing board. We are taking PDP back to where it was done years ago. For those who do not understand, Cross River is a PDP state; the movement of one person does not change that fact. Politics is sweet but we don’t play politics of intimidation.
“It is very unfortunate what some people have done. I have watched this government keenly. I took all the risks for the emergence of this government. Some people even accused me of collecting N2billion to install this government. You could imagine the insults. When he ran election, did he have money?”
On his part, the chairman of the caretaker committee of the PDP in Cross River state and former deputy governor, Efiok Cobham, said the committee would remain focused with a determination to reposition the PDP as 2023 beckons.
Daniel Asuquo, member representing Biase/Alamkpa federal constituency, warned that the takeover of PDP secretariat by Governor Ben Ayade for APC activities was “a declaration of war,” but noted that the PDP would employ all amount of maturity in handling the imbroglio.