Cross River State Governor Liyel Imoke on Thursday told defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party that could only be relevant by staying put in the party. He made the statement during the inauguration of the party’s state campaign team for the next month’s general elections.
“It is bad as an individual if you boot yourself out of the PDP family, because it is only through the family arrangement that one can make himself relevant,” the governor said.
Imoke added that “we are asking them to return especially now that they are needed”.
Those who have left the party following outcomes of its primaries in the state are Alex Egbona, former Chief of Staff in Imoke’s cabinet; Bassey Otu, PDP senator for Cross River South; a former environment commissioner, Sandy, and Domnick Edem, among others; they joined the Labour Party.
Also, Imoke advised the campaign group to shun churning calumny by focusing on issues.