Deputy Speaker of Cross River House of Assembly, Joseph Bassey is no longer a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Bassey has now officially defected to All Progressives Congress (APC) following the defection of Governor Ben Ayade.
He said that the governor was moving to the ruling party with all members of the State House of Assembly, Commissioners, elected local council chairmen, councilors, and over 6,000 political appointees in the state.
“I have already moved with the governor. Cross River is now an APC state and the House of Assembly has also moved with the governor.
“We just have to help Cross River residents by aligning with the centre. Cross River receives the least allocation from the Federal Government and this is not good enough.
“In the past six years, Cross River has been an opposition party; this is the first time we are missing touch with the centre.
“We don’t have oil wells, our allocation is low. Ayade has tried in using his intellectual capacity and ability to attract some federal government presence into the state.
“We are left with two years in this administration and we must align with the centre for the interest of the state,” he said.
Bassey said that the state needed federal government’s support for the superhighway, the deep seaport, and other projects that the governor had initiated.
“For somebody like Ayade who has gone far to appoint over 6,000 persons into his government, it will be a difficult moment for PDP in Cross River.
“With this movement, some of our people can now get better appointments at the centre. For us in Cross River we have moved,” he said.