As the 2019 general elections gather momentum, some of Governor Udom relatives have shown their back to the People Democratic Party and have joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Leading the team of defectors, The Sensor learnt are close relatives of the Governor’s Chief Protocol, Mr. Edmund Effang and his close confidant and uncle, Chief Henry Uffang who lost in the clan headship tussle that caused a lot of bitterness, hatred and alleged kidnapping in Awa Iman last year.
Among the defectors from the Governor’s village, Awa Iman in Onna Local Government Area, were his maternal cousins, Messrs Kingsley Ufang and Valentine Ufang.
Messrs Emmanuel Etuk, Imo Barry Eshiet and Ekong Ituen, three former councillors that represented Awa ward 1, the home ward of Gov. Udom and the Akwa Ibom State representative in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Samuel Frank, have also defected to the APC.
Speaking with newsmen on Wednesday in Awa Iman, Mr. Kingsley Ufang said they left PDP because “we have not been well treated by our brother who instead of showing respect to politicians on ground and the people of the village went and brought foreigners who have never voted for anybody in their lives and who have no regard for anybody in the village.”
He vowed that they would give the Governor and his chief protocol officer, Mr. Edmund Ufang, who is their cousin, a run for their money in the village in the 2019 elections.
Also speaking, Mr. Imo Barry Eshiet said that all former councillors that represented Awa ward 1 from 1999 to 2015 were now active members of APC and advised political office-holders to shun arrogance and learn to carry their people along to avoid rejection and disgrace at home.
He disclosed that they were preparing to open the APC ward office in the Governor’s village.
Another former councillor, Mr. Ekong Ituen said they moved with hundreds of their supporters into the APC which he said
was dominated by “real politicians” at all levels.
Mr. Ituen, who served as Onna PDP chapter youth leader for eight years, commended Mr. Samuel Frank, the NDDC Commissioner, for doing well for the people of the ward and for providing leadership.