Former Cross River APC Deputy Governorship Candidate Defects To PDP, Says ‘Power Must Change Hands’


Cross River former APC governorship candidate has defected to the PDP.


Barr Helen Effiom Boco, a former deputy governorship candidate in Cross River State on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), claiming that doing so will allow her to work with other PDP supporters to elect ’s next president.

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In an interview with journalists yesterday in Calabar, Boco, the running mate of Pastor Usani Usani, a former minister of Niger Delta affairs, announced her defection from the APC to the PDP. She said she made the decision to leave the APC in order to liberate herself and other grassroots supporters who had been working for the APC.


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“There has been no joy in the APC. We have been waiting for the opportunity to tell them that we have an option. It’s high time we tried another .



“As a strong stakeholder, I am not a member of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) nor included in their campaign organisation.



“They don’t involve me in their party activities even when I am a foundation member of the APC.


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“This is to inform you that I have just been appointed a deputy national coordinator just as Atiku Abubakar constituted an independent campaign council for the Atiku/ Okowa project.



“My appointment is an independent campaign council for the grassroots. Our responsibility is to convince people to join the movement for support of the Atiku/Okwa presidential ambition. Power must change hands.



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“After my meeting with our grassroot supporters. As a mother and grandmother while in APC, I won’t move alone but with thousands of supporters. There is just no joy in the APC. I keep using the phrase there is no joy because its the language understood by the grassroot people,” she said.

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