Sunday, 1 October 2017

PDP loses ex-chairman, oil mogul, 2,000 others to #APC in Akwa Ibom

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State suffered a devastating blow on Saturday with the defection of a former chairman of the local government, Obong Emmanuel Udo, an oil mogul, Engr. Kufre Ekong Inyang and over 2,000 of their supporters to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

They defected at a ceremony held in Ikot Usen, the home village of the Member for Ibiono Ibom in the House of Assembly, Barr. Ime Okon.

Receiving the defectors, the APC State Chairman, Dr. Amadu Attai assured them of equal rights with old members in line with the APC constitution and said he was impressed by the quality of old and new APC members in Ibiono Ibom.

The APC State Secretary, Dr. Effiong Etok, who is an indigene of Ibiono Ibom Ward 4 where the ceremony held, said the APC which had already taken over four of the five zones in Ibiono Ibom was set for a total takeover of the area with the defection of Obong Udoh, a political titan in the last remaining zone, Northern Ibiono Ibom.

He also praised Engr. Inyang, stating that the oil mogul was more popular than the sitting PDP Assemblyman in their village, Ikot Usen.

The APC scribe warned against rigging of the forthcoming local government elections, stating that any attempt to announce election results outside the designated areas would be resisted by Ibiono Ibom people.

A former Minister for Women Affairs, Obong Rita Akpan, who is from Uyo called on Ibiono Ibom people to join hands with the rest of the state to effect a change in Government House in 2019.

A former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Engr. Ignatius Edet predicted that the PDP would be wiped out in Ibiono Ibom in 2019.

“As the Bishop of politics in Ibiono Ibom, I want to tell you that there will be nothing like PDP again in 2019,” he said.

A former PDP State Secretary, Barr. Bassey Ekerete noted with joy that the APC in Ibiono Ibom was run by a collective leadership unlike the PDP where very few leaders took all the decisions without the involvement of the people.

A veteran politician in Ibiono Ibom, Elder Monday Akrah described the APC as a party of visionaries and strong allied forces.

Other Ibiono Ibom APC leaders who spoke were the Chapter Chairman, Akparawa David Umoh and Barr. Edet Ikotidem.

Responding on behalf of the defectors, Engr. Inyang said he left PDP with his structure, Nka Iberedem Ibiono Ibom because of impunity in that party.

Obong Udoh, who also spoke on behalf of the defectors, too condemned impunity in the PDP and assured the APC leadership of the capacity and readiness of his supporters to upturn the politics of Ibiono Ibom.

The ceremony was attended by notable politicians within and outside Ibiono Ibom including Mr. Michael James Etim and Bishop Ekpe James, former chairmen of Itu and Ibesikpo Asutan local government areas, Obonganwan Geraldine Etuk, Obonganwan Dora Ebong, Apostle Otoabasi Etim Asuquo and APC state officers.

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