By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Hundreds of Obong Nsima Ekere, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Akwa Ibom State have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edemeya, Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of the state.
The defecting members drawn from the three political wards in the area dramatised the death of APC in the communities with a mock coffin which they displayed during their reception ceremony into PDP held at primary school, Ikot Ubo in Edemeya.
Among those who present at the ceremony were political stalwarts from the area including the local government chairman, David David Eshiet, the lawmaker representing Ikot Abasi in the state house of assembly, Uduak Ududo, women and youth leaders.
Welcoming the defectors, Eshiet commended them for “seeing the truth” and deciding to move from their former political party to the PDP, saying, the people could no longer be deceived by the promise of the APC governorship candidate.
“An indigene of Ikot Abasi local government area will serve for eight years, don’t be deceived by the selfish interest of any politician, we will support Governor Udom Emmanuel and Atiku Abubakar in next year’s elections,’’ he said.
According to him, Edemeya has been regarded as the stronghold of the APC in the past adding however that with the defection, it was cleared that the people are for PDP explaining that it is only PDP that has brought development to the area.
He said Obong Ekere has once served as a deputy governor and who within the period did not provide a single electricity transformer to the community and wondered why the people would vote for him when he did nothing for the people.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Okon Nathan who until recently was a caucus member of the APC in the area said APC has failed to recognise those who had worked for the party saying he could no longer work for others to be the beneficiaries.
Other defectors who spoke criticised the poor quality of work on the Esene-Ukan road being constructed by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) which Nsima is the managing director, compare to that constructed by the state government.
According Ifiok Bernard, chairman of PDP ward 2 in Edemeya, PDP has been re-positioned to win the forthcoming elections following the defection of those he said who in the past had betrayed the party and called on all to vote for the candidates of the party from the state assembly to the presidential elections.
Apart from the poor quality of work on the only link road in the area, they also lamented that despite the managing director of the NDDC being from the community, the bailey bridge constructed more than 40 years ago had remained in a deplorable state without the commission doing anything about it.