The Cross Rivers State, Professor Ben Ayade, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to media reports, Governor Ayade made the announcement on Thursday morning in a meeting with 6 APC governors who visited him at the Government House, Calabar.
The governors who visited Ayade include Governors of Kebbi, Imo, Yobe, Plateau, Jigawa, and Ekiti State.
Ayade said with his defection, he is now the leader of APC in Cross River State, and all the party structures are under his control.
He said there is dire need for him and other governors to work closely with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ayade said: “We need to join hands with President Buhari in his determination to enhance the fortunes of the county.
“I need all governors to similarly join me and understand my decision to join the APC. We need to work ahead with the president for the future and unity of Nigeria. We all need to sit on the same dining table with Mr President to save Nigeria.
“It is my responsibility to bring back Cross River to the centre in order to enhance her fortunes. I therefore formally declare myself as member and leader of APC in Cross River State.”