Former Governor of Cross River State, Send. Imoke, has said the Peoples Democratic Party are willing to accept the return of Gov. Ben Ayade if he decides to retrace his steps.
The former governor was responding to a question asked by News Agency of Nigeria (NANS) whether Ayade would be able to hold a broom and if he decides to come back to the party.
He said “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 further stated that “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.
“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.
He said ” 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.
He concluded that“In all honesty, even that is alien to him. So to the people of Cross River State, I say stand firm, we are PDP. We are committed, we are resolute, we are a grassroots party and we are sufficiently strong.