Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade was conspicuous absent at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Convention held in Abuja.
This was the gathering of the party since the Supreme Court judgement delivered in favour of Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the Caretaker Committee Chairman.
But Ayade’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Christian Ita, said Governor Ben Ayade travelled abroad and was indisposed to attend the Convention.
Interestingly, Prof Ayade was named alongside past Governors of the State, Mr. Donald Duke, and Senator Liyel Imoke as members of the planning committee.
Mr Ita said on phone on Sunday that Prof Ayade was represented by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu.
The non-elective National Convention held by the party extended, by four months, the tenure of Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the Caretaker Committee Chairman.