By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, on Thursday, said he was not perturbed by his predecessor’s defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
His predecessor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, had on Wednrsday, shocked the political landscape of the state when he formally defected to All Progressive Congress (APC) from PDP, a platform he enjoyed the benevolence for over 17 years of his political career.
But Governor Emmanuel while reacting to this development, said, the political atmosphere is helping to deepen democratic governance and reinvent the consciousness of the PDP that every member would be proud of.
He spoke during a solidarity visit on him by local government chairmen from the 31 council areas of the state, vice chairmen and councilors, said every person is entitled to exercise his fundamental human rights and free association.
“I therefore urged you to reach out and show love among your kith and kin and also sustain your support for PDP which is the only party that has brought development to the state since the inception of democratic governance”, he added.
Perhaps for some undertone reasons beyond the eyes, both PDP and APC in the state are harvesting new members who defected from their former political platform.
As the former governor Akpabio and many of his loyalists were joining the APC in Ikot Ekpene senatorial district yesterday amidst cream of party hierarchies from national and state, more than one thousand members of the Party in Oron Federal constituency in a reverse joined the PDP.
Welcoming the defectors, the state PDP chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo, said the exercise was a testimony to the fact whatever is happening in the state and country, that the PDP is party to beat in 2019. The party is a religion for the people of the state and by extension, Nigerians.
He reminded some of the decampees who were in the party before joining the APC that, the tenets of the party which is, matching words with action, was still intact, stressing that, the party hatred for violence and intimidation cannot be compromised.
Obong Ekpo added that; the PDP’s commitment to the provision of good governance as demonstrated by the Governor should stimulate all well-meaning Akwa Ibom people to vote for the Governor in 2019 so as he continue in his good works.
”Akwa Ibom state over the years matched promises with action, as demonstrated in the developmental strides of the Udom Emmanuel administration; so I call on Oro nation to deliver one hundred percent vote to governor Udom and the PDP in the 2019 election.
The party boss thanked the party leaders in the federal constituency for their loyalty and steadfastness to the PDP, the decampess for returning to their base having realized their mistakes, calming that, the PDP was the only party for anybody to seek for elective office without rancor.
In her remarks, the former minister for housing and urban renewal, Akon Eyakenyi, thanked the party for accepting the decampees and assured the chairman that, Oro nation would vote PDP for 2019.
Earlier, the Oron chapter chairman of PDP, Mr. Murphy Esin, assured the state chairman of the party that, the federal constituency would not disappoint the PDP, noting that, those that left the party before have leant from their mistakes and would guide against repeat of such actions.
Some of the returnees include, Alice Ekpenyong former house of assembly member, Remigius Asukwo, Sunday Ating, Asuquo Awana, Victor Anwankak, among others.