Amidst the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Special Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on National Assembly matters, Florence Ita-Giwa Thursday in Calabar, Cross River, announced that she will be defecting to the All Progressives Congress, APC, at Bakassi.
Ita-Giwa who has been a member of the PDP in the last14 years, said she is defecting to the APC to join her contemporaries.
“I have been idle in the PDP for over one year now. It is time for me to move on politically with my huge Bakassi supporters.
“Besides, nearly all my contemporaries are in the APC. So, it is time for me to join them and work for the progress of the party at the state and national levels,” Ita-Giwa said.
She was elected Senator representing Cross River South Senatorial District under the platform of the All Peoples Party from May 1999 to May 2003 in the Third Assembly.
Following her exit from the Senate in 2003, she defected to the PDP and was appointed Special Adviser on National Assembly matters by President Olusegun Obasanjo.
She held several positions and until her defection, was appointed the Chairman of the Cross River State Ports Authority by Governor Ben Ayade.
The ceremony is scheduled for 9:00 AM with APC bigwigs in the state expected to welcome her to the party.
The acting state Chairman of APC, John Ochala, has described her defection as a welcome development.
“It is a welcome development. Her crossing over to the APC is good. She should take her time to study and understand the party’s constitution.”
A chieftain of the APC in the state, Paul Adah, described Ita-Giwa as a big fish saying her defection would be a big boost for the party in the Southern Senatorial District considering her massive supporters.
Adah, a two term member of the House of Representatives representing Obudu/Obanliku/Bekwarra Federal Constituency, added that the contentious issue of resettling the displaced Bakassi persons would be speedily addressed following her defection to the APC.