Senator Steven Odey has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
It will be recalled that Odey lost his seat in the Senate last month after an election Appeal Tribunal refused his argument that he was duly sponsored by the PDP for the December 5, 2020 by-election in Cross River North.
His massive supporters followed him to APC.
His defection took place at the weekend in his ward, Yache, in Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The event was well attended by the party bigwigs in the state, including Deputy Governor Ivara Ejemot Esu, who represented Governor Ben Ayade; APC Acting State Chairman, Senator Matthew Mbu Jnr.; commissioners, local government chairmen and other top government functionaries.
Odey had barely spent nine months in the Senate when the court judgment replaced him with Jarigbe A. Jarigbe.
Speaking, Mbu Jnr., who received Odey in company of the deputy governor, described the new member as the best senator from Cross River.
Je described Odey as a man who is known for his exceptional humility and unassuming lifestyle.
He assisted the acting chairman in handing the party’s flag and other insignia to the new member.
Odey thanked the leadership of the APC for receiving him with open arms.e
He expressed appreciation to his teeming supporters for defecting with him to the ruling APC.
He said: “My policy and my lifestyle is to serve my people and not for my selfish gains.”