Cross River: Ayade, PDP leadership clash over party secretariat building

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Cross River: Ayade, PDP leadership clash over party secretariat building - Daily Post Nigeria

The Cross River State Government has explained that the secretariat formerly occupied by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the State was a rented property that was renewed recently by the State Governor, Ben Ayade.

DAILY POST reports that following the defection of the Governor from PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, the secretariat was on Saturday taken over by Ayade’s new party.

The secretariat which is situated at 42 Murtala Mohamed Highway, was renovated on Saturday as some men were seen painting and cresting the building with APC colours, logo and flags.

A statement signed by Mr Effiok Cobham, the Chairman, PDP Caretaker Committee in Cross River State alleged that PDP had a subsisting tenancy over the property.

This has stimulated a face-off between the leadership of the two parties as police beefed up security in the area to avert violence.

However, in a statement by Christian Ita, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to Governor Ayade, the state government insisted that the property belongs to the governor.

Ita described PDP’s claim as “nothing but tissue of lies and a cocktail of fraudulent” act, stressing that the statement was meant to mislead the public and “whip up undeserved public sympathy.”

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