The exodus from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State continued on Saturday with the defection of over 300 of its members to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area.
The defectors, all from Ikot Ekpene Ward Eleven, included Mr. Clement Valentine Okon, a brother-in-law of the Akwa Ibom State Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, and two other seasoned politicians, Barr. Essien Essien and Engr. Edekudim Dickson and 176 women.
The defection of the Deputy Governor’s brother-in-law came barely a month after the defection of several kinsmen of Governor Udom Emmanuel including two of his cousins, Messrs Kingsley Uffang and Valentine Uffang, in the Governor’s village, Awa Iman, in Onna Local Government Area.
Receiving the defectors, the APC Chairman for Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District, Obong Kufre Inyangette, said the huge number of defectors in just a ward was instructive that the 2019 election would be a walk-over for the APC in the ward, the local government area and state.
Inyangette, who recalled that Ward Eleven was the third ward in Ikot Ekpene he was receiving defectors in recent months, expressed happiness with the quality of defectors.
The Ikot Ekpene APC Caucus Chairman, Engr. Essien Ibok, assured the defectors of accommodation and equal rights in the party.
He urged them to be free to aspire to any position of their choice in the APC as there would be no imposition of candidates whatsoever unlike of what is obtainable in the PDP.
Also speaking, the Ikot Ekpene APC Chapter Chairman, Mr. Godswill Akpanudiong, commended the defectors from Ward Eleven, his ward, for joining the bandwagon which he said has turned Ikot Ekpene to an APC stronghold.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Mr. Clement Okon, said they were defecting because of the disintegration, confusion and non-coordination in the PDP at all levels in the country.
He lamented that the Deputy Governor, his brother-in-law, has been unable to put in motorable condition the road leading to the family house of his late wife in Ikot Udo Oboro in Ikot Ekpene despite several entreaties.