Udom Loses Another Aide To APC


Few months after Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel lost his Special Assistant on Electoral Matters, Barr. Chris Okorie to the All Progressives Congress (APC), another Governor’s aide, Elder Ibanga Etang has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Prince Etang, a former Chairman of Esit Eket Local Government, resigned as Special Assistant to the Governor on Project on Monday and formally registered with the APC the next day at his Etebi Ward 7 along with over 300 followers.
Addressing his supporters at a post-defection meeting on Thursday, Prince Etang said with their entry into APC, the party stood a 70 per cent chance of winning Esit Eket.
The one-time President of Afigh Iwaad Ekid, the umbrella youth organization in Eket Federal Constituency, Governor Emmanuel’s home base, blamed the continuing exodus from the Esit Eket PDP on “a situation where an individual takes Esit Eket as his personal property.”
Prince Etang, who also served as Special Assistant to former Governor Godswill Akpabio revealed that he has refused overtures from PDP leaders in the state in the last few days to return and vowed that “we have decided to move on and no going back.”
In his resignation letter to the Governor, he said he was leaving because “I deem it necessary to depart now in line with the dictates of my conscience and highest level of sincerity.”
Prince Etang’s defection brings to seven the number of PDP chieftains in Esit Eket that have defected to APC in recent times.
The others are a Third Republic legislator, Senator Etang Umoyo, a former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Barr. Bassey Dan-Abia, a former NDDC Commissioner, Engr. Imaobong Inyang, a retired Permanent Secretary, Dr. Mike Eyo and two former Members of House of Representatives, Barr. Bassey Dan-Abia Jnr and Mr. Eseme Eyiboh.