Division In Annang Nation…Over Lawmaker’s Defection To APC


The member representing Ukanafun/Oruk Anam federal constituency in the House of Representatives has said that his joining APC was in the best interest of his people. On the current war against corruption embarked upon by president Buhari, Ukoette urged the president to sustain the fight saying that the people of his constituency are in support of the fight.

Meanwhile, mixed reactions have continued to trail Ukoette’s defection. A youth leader and strong supporter of the law-maker, Obot Obot has described the defection as being in order considering the current crisis rocking PDP.

He said that political parties are platforms where one contest election and opinions respected but when the reverse is the case and the ship is sinking as according to him, the case of PDP, there is no option for the lawmaker than to defect.

Reacting to the discontentment shown by the people of the federal constituency, Obot said, anybody who feels he or she is grounded, more popular or has affected more lives than Ukoette should prepare to contest election when the time is ripe. There and then they will execute their rights through the ballot box.

On the alleged plan by youths in the federal constituency to recall the lawmaker, Obot challenged the youths to begin the process, saying that it will fail.

Meanwhile, youths of Ukanafun, Oruk Anam Federal Constituency are said to be making plans to recall the lawmaker. A youth leader who gave his name as Emem Ibok told our correspondent that the lawmaker has not made serious impact at the National Assembly even as a two term member.

Ibok also cited lack of constituency briefing in nearly six years as reason for the planned recall.

Another youth from Oruk Anam, the lawmaker’s local government area said that since Ukoette has dumped the party that gave him the ticket to the National Assembly, he should therefore vacate the seat. He added that if he fails to vacate, the constituents should start the process of recall. He added that he has already began mobilization for the recall.

In a related development, Senator Ita Enang has praised Emmanuel Ukoette for dumping PDP to embrace APC. Enang who bared his mind when Ukoette visited him to inform of his decision to join APC noted that the party will carry him along in the scheme of things.

Enang used the occasion to advise the state governor, Udom Emmanuel against poor handling of the N14.5 billion released to the state by the federal government from the Paris Club debt money. He added that if the money is judiciously used, life will return to the state.