Over 500 PDP members decamp to APC in Akwa Ibom

The gale of defections again hit the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) in Akwa Ibom State with the defection of over 500 of its
members to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Mkpat Enin
local government area on Tuesday.
Among the defectors were Chief Martins Ikono (Matelbot), an oil
mogul, Hon. Ubong Inyang, a former Chairman of Mkpat Enin local
government and Prince Emmanuel Ekefre, a PDP chieftain.
In his speech, Chief Martins Ikono, the leader of the defectors
thanked the new APC state chairman, Hon. Ini Okopido for
personally receiving them being his first official outing since his
election on Saturday.
He said their defection with their teeming supporters would greatly
boost the chances of APC in the 2019 elections because Mkpat
Enin is one of the biggest local government areas in the state,
having 14 wards, the highest number of wards in the state.
Mr. Ubong Inyang said the PDP was depleting fast in Mkpat Enin
and disclosed that many PDP chieftains had informed him that
they would soon join him in the APC.
Prince Emmanuel Ekefre said he had resisted enormous pressure
by PDP leaders in the last 24 hours not to defect.
Receiving the defectors, Hon. Ini Okopido, the new APC State
Chairman said the defection was the fruit of his labour because he
had visited Mkpat Enin the previous month to persuade Chief Ikono
and other PDP chieftains in their houses to join the APC.
He assured the new members of equal opportunities in the APC as
old members.
He commended Mkpat Enin people for joining the popular
statewide movement to change the inept state government.
Dr. Inyang Dan-Abia, the APC Eket senatorial district chairman
commended Mkpat Enin people for embracing APC overwhelmingly
and charged them to be steadfast.
Hon. Stephen Ntukekpo, the APC state youth leader presented the
defectors to the state APC leadership and disclosed that many
youth leaders across party lines had met and assured him they
were all determined to send the “Lagosians” back to Lagos.
Otuekong Bernard Udoh, the Mkpat Enin APC leader said the
defectors were men of substance in their communities who had
the capacity to help APC win elections, adding that APC did not
need to campaign again in Mkpat Enin.
He thanked the new APC State chairman for making Mkpat Enin his
first point of call after his election.
Prince Enobong Ufot, a former chairman of Ikot Abasi local
government said he was delighted that all the politicians that make
things happen in Mkpat Enin were all in APC.
Hon. Ini Okopido was accompanied on the visit by his deputy, Dr
Ita Udosen, Sir Cosmas Ibanga, the Ikot Ekpene APC senatorial
district chairman, Mr. Okon Owoefiak, the state treasurer, Chief
Sunny Ibanga, the welfare secretary and Barr Inyang Udoh, the
assistant legal adviser.
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