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Ex-senator pronounces PDP dead, defects to APC in Cross River

A former Senator representing Cross River North in the National Assembly, Stephen Odey, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party to join the All Progressives Congress.

He contested the December 5, 2020 Cross River North Senatorial byelection on the platform of the PDP, but claimed that he was robbed of his victory after the Court of Appeal removed him over a pre-election matter.

Odey, who defected on Saturday with a large number of his supporters at his Yache ward in Yala LGA, said, “I was the one talking PDP here but now I am gone from the party as such the PDP is completely dead.

“The claim that PDP is in our blood is false. In whose blood are they talking about? The party whom you voted for as Senator and those robbers ganged up and took it- come 2023, we will show them pepper.

“Anyone contesting to be governor in 2023 and fails to come here to prostrate and negotiate what he will do for us on his own. Anyone who sits in Calabar and plans to come here and rig should watch out.

“My style is to work for my people and if anyone thinks that my not being in the Senate I am finished should watch out and see how I am going to work for my people.”

The Deputy Governor, Prof Ivara Esu who represented the governor at the event, said the large number of supporters who defected with Senator Odey testifies to the fact that Odey is a man of the people.

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