In politics, there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies, only permanent interests. In this country, politicians change political loyalty after every presidential election, conveniently embracing erstwhile opponents and undermining erstwhile friends. This is what is happening between Senator Florence Ita-Giwa and his erstwhile godson, the Governor Of Cross Rivers state, Senator Ben Ayade. But contrary to the report that, the duo are at logger-heads over their party differences after Ita-giwa defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
A source close to the Governor and the former senator confirmed that ”Senator Ita-Giwa and Governor Ben Ayade are in cordial relationship. Everybody is aware that they both share filial relationship. Governor Ayade still holds Mama Bakassi in high esteem.
The duo lately, often attend the planning committee meeting for the forthcoming Calabar carnival holding this December. Senator Ita-Giwa and Governor Ben Ayade are both members of the committee as they are often seen together laughing, exchanging ideas and pleasantries together in the single motive of moving the carnival and state forward. I will tell you authoritatively that; they are both fine with their relationship they have put their differences behind them and moved forward. There is no fracas between them.”
There have been some unconfirmed rumour making the rounds, alleging that Governor Ben Ayade, might soon defect to the ruling APC; as some top party chieftains are currently in secret meetings with Professor Ben, to enable him switch allegiance to the ruling party, to further strengthen their plans for the next general elections.