Wednesday, 23 September 2015

2,000 Accord Party members defect to APC in Akwa Ibom

No fewer than 2,000 members in Akwa Ibom on Saturday announced their defection from Accord Party to All Progressive Congress (APC), in the state. The Former Chieftain of the Bishop Akpan Organisation, Mr Ubong Okposin stated this during the Inauguration of Grassroots Concerned Youth Alliance (GCYA), Executives, Eket Chapter in Eket Local Government Area. He explained that the defection was as a “directive from their principal, the Accord Party Governorship Candidate in the state to cross carpet to APC’’.

He said their membership decamped was inform to ensure that Akwa Ibom have a direction from the National, noting that Akwa Ibom had never play an opposition party.
Okposin said that APC was a winning party in the National and if there is any government that would be in Akwa Ibom, it should be APC.
He said that the Accord party had liaised with APC government in the state to ensure that Akwa Ibom people have direction.
“We have understood the body language of our principal that we should join the APC. In Akwa Ibon from antecedent we had never being an opposition state,’’ he said.
Okposin who is Chapter Coordinator, Eket GCYA expressed optimism that APC would win the forthcoming Local Government Elections in the state.
He said that Akwa Ibom needs a Change while urging members of the APC to work together for the interest of the party.
“We need a change , that is why they join hands with APC in order to foster the change the state long for,’’ Okposin said.
Receiving the deflectors, Mr Godwin Akwaowo, APC Chieftain hairman of Chapter Chairmen in Akwa Ibom, and other APC Stakeholders promised to carry the new members along.
Akwaowo also the Chairman of Chairmen expressed appreciation to the defected members, saying that cross carpet was a welcome development and promised fairness and justice in the affairs of the party.
He said the 2,000 defectors are formerly members of the Accord Party in Eket Local Government Area now APC members in the state.
“I received over 2,000 members from Accord Party that decamped to All Progressive Party in Akwa Ibom.
“He handover some of his members of his party to us and we received them officially today. Some Accord Party in Akwa Ibom had been handed over to APC,’’ he said.
Reacting to the development, the Governorship candidate under the platform of Accord Party, Bishop Samuel Akpan denied the allegation.
He said that the members of his party that defected to APC took their decisions uninfluenced, adding that he remain in Accord Party.
“They have taken their political decisions uninfluenced, but I am in Accord Party,’’ he said.

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