By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The Akwa Ibom state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dispelled rumours that Governor Udom Emmanuel is hatching a plans to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of 2023 general elections.
PDP in a press release made available to newsmen in Uyo, on Tuesday, stated that Governor Emmanuel as a leader with a towering record of integrity and performance, remained a very committed and dutiful leader of the party in the state.
The statement which was signed by PDP State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Borono Bassey described the rumours as “pernicious”, with intention to mislead the people of the state.
Recall rumours making the rounds in the state claimed a plan by Governor Emmanuel to defect to APC.
But PDP said, ‘Workers in the occasionally-grinding rumour mill of our land have yet again hatched a fresh but very ludicrous narrative with the central thesis being the ridiculous claim that, His Excellency, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State and Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Udom Emmanuel is toying with the idea of defecting to the rudderless All Progressives Congress, APC.
“The intendment of this pernicious rumour which unfortunately has arrived at the most inappropriate of moments is targeted at misleading Akwa Ibom people and perhaps causing an unnecessary agitation in our polity.
“As a party, we wish to affirm that His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel, a leader with a towering record of integrity and performance, remains a very committed and dutiful leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom State.
“We submit that for a Governor whose support base across all strata of the Party is unshakeable as the famed rock of Gibraltar, we cannot conceive the faintest of reasons why Governor Emmanuel would contemplate any form of movement, even in thoughts from the PDP whose values and ideological leaning resonates with his total development and leadership agenda; let alone to a party like the APC, a party synonymous with retrogression.
“What is clear however from these rumours is that the APC who are the principal shareholders in this rumour mills are desirous of having the focused, Visionary and performing Chief Executive of Akwa Ibom State cross over to their sinking boat, perhaps in the hope that his arrival could be the salvation that has for so long eluded them.”
It added, “Our Party, the PDP does not have even the miniscule sympathy for the APC in this shattered dream as our Governor and leader of our party cannot in all good conscience, plunge our State into the impending retrogression that awaits any state that affiliates directly with the APC.
“The fact that this risible propaganda is making its way into the public domain at a time when Governor Emmanuel is busy inaugurating life-touching projects around the State as part of his pursuit of the Completion Agenda and to mark the 6th Anniversary of his outstanding leadership in Akwa Ibom State equally speaks to the ill motive of its purveyors.”
It however urged the party faithful in the state to disregard such rumours, adding that Akwa Ibom state under the leadership Gov. Udom Emmanuel is marching forward with the PDP.