The Peoples Democratic Party has reacted to the defection of the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, to the All Progressives Congress.

Ayade announced his defection on Thursday after a closed-door meeting with six APC governors at the Governor’s Office in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

He based his decision on the need to align Cross River with the government at the centre so as to enhance the state’s fortunes.

Reacting, the PDP through a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, wished the governor well in his future endeavours.

The party, however, urged its members in the state to ensure that all party structure in the state remains intact.

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) notes the decamping of the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade.

“Our party calls on all critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party in Cross River to immediately pull together and ensure that all structure of our party in the state remains intact.

“The PDP wishes Governor Ayade well in his new political sojourn as well as in his future endeavours,” the statement read.