Calabar - A member of the House of Representatives, Rep. Essien Ayi, has said that in spite of current challenges, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remains ”the best political party” in Nigeria.
Ayi, representing Akpabuyo/Bakassi/Calabar South, said at an interactive session with journalists in Calabar on Sunday that he had no need to decamp to any other political party.
He, however, appealed to the party’s hierarchy at the states and national levels to avoid imposition of unpopular candidates in the forthcoming elections to avoid further depletion of its ranks.
He said that as a founding member of the PDP, he would not dump the party and decamp to any other one as being rumoured in Cross River.
“My attention has been drawn to some telephone messages making the rounds in Cross River to the effect that I have concluded arrangements to dump the ruling PDP.”
“I remain a founding member of the PDP in the state. I have not decided to decamp to the opposition with my teeming supporters and loyalists.”
“To the best of my knowledge, this rumour and the accompanying messages are the handiwork of some political desperados and unscrupulous elements that will stop at nothing to achieve their selfish aim.”
“Let me restate for the purpose of posterity that I remain a pillar of strength for the PDP both in the states and the country at large.”
“Over the years, I have been consistent in my commitment to the party which I, along with a few others, laboured to nurture from the cradle,” Ayi said.
He also urged his supporters to discountenance “the rumour and to keep faith with the PDP which has faithfully delivered the dividends of democracy in the state since 1999 till date”.
“I must re-emphasise that I have never conceived nor considered the option of leaving the PDP and will never be associated with such. The PDP remains the party for Cross River and the best option for us all,” he said.
He also urged the party faithful to rally behind Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, the National Chairman of the party, because “he is not somebody who is power drunk”.
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