Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has revealed that he expects the ruling All Progressives Congress to emerge stronger after its National Convention scheduled for February 2022.
Ayade made this call on Monday, January 24, when he hosted the APC reconciliation team led by former Nasarawa State Governor, Adamu Abdullahi in Calabar.
He noted that though the party is currently facing many challenges, he expects that the APC will emerge stronger from its National Convention.
Ayade said despite the present challenges, APC will still come together and win elections.
“Today, we have so many gladiators and today, we are the ruling party, but what I know for sure is that at the last minute, APC will always come together and win again and again.
“For those who have some complex permutations that perhaps this crisis or this tension; arising from the congresses and perhaps, the potential national congress ahead of us; will bring to an end the APC, they are just joking.
“In my short stay in the party, the warmth and embrace I have received; I know for certain that as soon as we are done with the convention; with the great work your committee is doing, the party will put its acts together and start preparing against 2023,” Ayade said.
While commending the reconciliation team for efforts targeted at uniting the party; Ayade advocated power-sharing as a way to bring peace to the party.
He said: “I want to commend you and to use this opportunity to talk to our members; who have so much strength by the positions they occupy to give us room to share power. It is only by sharing power that there is peace.”
Meanwhile, the leader of the technical committee for the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has advocated for a one-term presidency for Atiku Abubakar.
Dokpesi explained that Atiku was the right person to wrestle power; from the All Progressive Congress-led Federal Government.