PDP Stalwarts In Oruk Anam, Uyo, Esit Eket Defect To APC…Decampees Lament Marginalization

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More than 300 members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in ward 5, Oruk Anam local government area, on Saturday, March 25, 2017 dumped the party to join All Progressive Congress, APC. Ward 5 which has 14 villages is the home ward of Martha Udom Emmanuel, wife of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Speaking on their decision to dump PDP for APC, the decampees said that PDP in the state under Governor Udom Emmanuel has failed to deliver on his campaign promises to the people of ward 5 in particular and Oruk Anam in general.

The decampees who publicly declared at the ward centre, Obio Akpa Ikot Eka Ideh including the immediate past councilor from the ward, Mr. Ubokudom Udobong said that the ward has not benefited from the present administration despite the overwhelming support that it enjoyed in 2015.

Udobong challenged the ruling PDP in the state to point out one electricity pole that is has planted in Oruk Anam or appointment given to the people of the area outside the governor’s wife family.

The Ntak Obio Akpa village born politician noted there is a brighter future for APC in the state, that is why he and his supporters have taken the decision. While assuring the APC faithful that he will deliver his unit to the party, he urged them not to feel intimidated by the antics of few selfish individuals in the ward who think only for themselves and their family.

On his part, Evangelist Iniabasi Udom, an indigene of Ata Obio Akpa, the same village that Martha Udom hails from, said that ward 5 people are totally disappointed by the PDP led government in the state. He added that despite having Governor Emmanuel a son-inlaw there is nothing to show for it.

Another decampee, Aniefiok Sunday Fred from Ntak Obio Akpa, said that his decision to dump PDP for APC is for progress of the state. Fred who is an aide to Dr. Joe Ukpong added that the PDP Led Government in the state has failed.

Others who also spoke while decamping to APC include Ubokutom Jack Akpan from Aya Obio Akpa and Prince Akaniyene Udofa. They said that there is no going back in their decision to embrace APC.

Reacting while welcoming the decampees to the party, the ward 5 APC Chairman, Pastor Solomon Udo Usoro, commended them for taking the bold step to dump PDP for APC. He noted that APC is waxing stronger in the state and is prepared to take over Akwa Ibom Government House come 2019.

Udousoro used the occasion to praise the member representing Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency, Obongunwana Emmanuel Ukoette for embracing APC. He described him as a true politician and leader who has what it takes to deliver Oruk Anam people out of the present bondage.

Udousoro advised the decampees to work for the success of the party in the next general election, adding that they would be adequately rewarded.

An elder of the party from the ward, Elder Nkereuwem Smith berated the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration for failing to construct the much talked about Obio Akpa-Ikot Ibritam-Ekeffe road.

He, however, charged the decampees to be submissive to the party, adding that the party will in turn carry them along in the scheme of things.

Our correspondent reports that highpoint of the event was the registration of the decampees into the APC and issuance of temporary party membership card.

Similarly, some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday.

Coming on the aegis of the Uyo Elders/Stakeholders Advisory Forum, the defectors included three former local government chairmen, Chief Clement Ekott, Mr. Aniekan Ubia and Mr. Fidelis Eddie, and a former State Surveyor-General, Surveyor Okokon Essien.

Receiving the defectors, the APC State Chairman, Dr. Amadu Attai, recalled that the APC started in Uyo and expressed gratitude to the people of the state capital for their steadfast support to the party over the years.

He declared that the APC was on an unstoppable march to the Government House in 2019.

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Chief Ekott, who said he had been in politics since 1979, pledged their commitment to the success of the APC in Uyo.

Also speaking, Mr. Eddie said with the calibre of the defectors, who he described as the finest crop of Uyo politicians, the APC was certain to win every election in the state capital.

A former Commissioner for Economic Development and APC leader in Uyo, Dr. Chris Ekong, commended the defectors for taking the bold step to join the moving train of change.

Tracing the political history of Uyo, he reasoned that the state capital with its nearly 200,000 votes was the deciding area in governorship elections in the state.

Others who spoke were Mkpisong Pius Okon and Obonganwan Victoria Eberefiak.

The event was attended by several prominent politicians including the APC Uyo Chapter Chairman, Mr. Gabriel Ikpe, the immediate past House of Assembly Member for Uyo, Mr. Edwin Joseph, and two former local government chairmen, Arc. Essien Nkanga and Otuekong Ekerete Ekpenyong.

Also, the People’s Democratic Party P.D.P in Esit Eket Local Government Area has suffered another setback as over 5,000 faithful of the party in Wards 2 and 3, on Saturday decamped to the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Speaking on behalf of other decampees, a former Chieftain of the P.D.P Mr. Henry Martin from ward 2 said their action was informed by the action of a former member of the House of Representative and deputy Political leader of Esit Eket, Mr. Bassey Dan Abia Jnr, who decamped to A.P.C. recently.

“Badan (Bassey Dan Abia Jnr) is a visionary leader, we are his loyalists, for him to have dumped a party (PDP) he co-founded is strong enough message for us to know that something is wrong with the party”. Mr. Martin said.

“Over the years, we have remained faithful to P.D.P. but it seems the dividends of democracy and our loyalty to the party is not paying off”, he said.

He faulted the government of Udom Emmanuel for not appointing an Esit Eket indigene into his cabinet as commissioner and complained bitterly that the governor has not kept to his electioneering promise for the area.

Also speaking, Mr. Ubong Udobia a former Chieftain of P.D.P in Esit Eket and a personal friend of Governor Udom Emmanuel said that all efforts for him to reach out to the State party Chairman of P.D.P and Governor Udom failed.

He Challenged Governor Udom Emmanuel to show the world one project he has done for Esit Eket or any important Political Position he has given to any indigene of the area.

A woman leader, Mrs. Mercy Joseph who led over 200 women under the banner of “Bright future women” to the event said they took the decision to join the A.P.C because Bassey Dan Abia Jnr has shown the way forward, adding that Abia is a leader they trust.

In his reaction, Mr. Abia thanked the decampees who are from the political Ward of Elder Benji Udobia, for their vision and quick reaction to the political momentum and for their unalloyed loyalty to him.

“I wish to assure you that you will not regret your actions, the dividends of democracy from A.P.C led government will get to you soon and Esit Eket will soon get the attention of the Federal Government in terms of infrastructure and human development”; Abia said.

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