By George Odok
Calabar – Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has said that peace within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Nigeria in general remained a prerequisite for the growth and development of the country.
Ayade said this on Wednesday when the National Chairman of PDP, Sen. Ali Modu-Sheriff paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Calabar.
According to Ayade, there is no ideological difference between the PDP and the All Progressive Congress (APC) or belonging into one faction of the party or the other.
“What Nigerians need now is peace and unity.There is indeed no ideological difference, whether you are in PDP, APC or you belong to one faction of the party or the other.
“If truly you put people above your person, you must allow peace to reign by recognising the challenges of the society.
“The challenges of the society have created in itself a structure that allows us to resolve conflicts and move ahead as a country,’’ he said.
The governor thanked the National Chairman for embarking on the peace mission across the country, adding that it was important to unite all factions into one umbrella.
Earlier, Modu-Sheriff said that he was in the state to visit the governor with a view of uniting all factions and moving the party ahead.
According to him, he has paid similar visit to Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi states with the sole purpose of uniting all factions of the party.
“As a great party, we need to work in unity and peace so that we can win the 2019 general elections.’’
He commended Ayade for his infrastructure development in the state, adding that he was the party’s best performing governor.
“If I am asked who the best performing governor of the party is, I will simply say that it is Gov. Ayade.
“I am very proud that Ayade is not only a digital governor, but also the number one governor in terms of performance.
“With what you are doing now, 2019 will be an easy ride for you. There will be no challenge and no vacancy in Cross River.’’
He also lauded the governor for appointing a Northerner, Mr Musa Maigoro, as his Special Adviser on Non-Indigene Affairs.
Modu-Sheriff later visited the state PDP secretariat where he urged the leadership to unite all factions in the state with a view of building the party to greater heights.