The political ship of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has continued to submerge as over 5000 members dumped the party and defected to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Former Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Barr. Ignatius Edet, handed the defectors to the State PDP Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo, at the Uyo Township Stadium on Wednesday, during the occasion of campaign flag-off and manifesto presentation by Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Barr. Ignatius expressed delight to return home, saying that what made him leave the PDP for the APC is no more in the PDP hence his decision to return his first love – the umbrella party.

Also among the decampees is Mr. Ema Joseph, a former Chairman of Chairmen, Positive Change Organization of John J. Udoedehe, who stated that for more than 10 years that he had been in APC, members were killed and kidnapped during the dark days of Senator Godswill Akpabio.

He sounded a note of warning to Akwa Ibom people against giving the APC governorship candidate and Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nsima Ekere, the chance to govern the state, saying “If over five people could lost their lives in a mere primaries, Nsima Ekere will start his second term agenda two months after swearing in as governor, and anyone who opposes him will be killed in minutes.”

According to him, when Akpabio used to say ‘Oh Uyo’, “I never really knew what it meant. But now it is very clear, because his intention to ridicule Uyo Senatorial District and the Ibibios is very obvious.

“I’m joining PDP today because Governor Udom Emmanuel is a man of peace and his developmental strides are very superlative.”

They were received by the State PDP Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo, into the umbrella party, who assured them of inclusion in the affairs of the party, while charging them to join hands to sustain the relative peace and security currently enjoyed in the state.

By Umoh-Obong Kingsley

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