Wednesday, 10 May 2017

A’Ibom: Gov Udom Emmanuel receives over 500 defectors in Nsit Ibom

A’Ibom: Gov Udom Emmanuel receives over 500 defectors in Nsit Ibom

As the 2019 General Elections draw near, the Peoples Democratic party has recorded a major feat with the defection of over 500 members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to PDP in Mbiaso Ward3, Nsit Ibom L.G.A.

The defectors who presented themselves at the maiden ward meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mbiaso ward3, Edebom1 following their voluntary denouncement of their former Party; APC, officially pledged to be loyal to the ruling party in the state, hence burnt their APC symbol of deceit(broom) and shredded their former party membership cards while embracing the new membership cards of Hope from PDP.

The leader of the group, who was a chieftain of the APC; Mr ldongesit Michael Akpan but by virtue of his defection, is now a Chieftain of PDP confessed on behalf of the entire group of defectors, that they were Satisfied and impressed with the inspiring leadership style of the State Governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel and were moved to take the decision so as to support the present Government effort in developing the state. His words, “the Administration of Governor Emmanuel has left indelible footprints on the Sands of times, thus our decisive decision”. The group leader maintained that the life touching projects and programmes initiated by the PDP led Administration was a strong basis for the defection to PDP which they described as the only national party in Nigeria.

However, he appealed to the leadership of the party in Mbiaso ward 3 to accept them as loyal faithfuls of the PDP, continue to create a level playing ground for all members while pledging their resolve to support the Udom led Administration beyond 2019.

Receiving them, the Ward Chairman, Pastor Gibson U Orok, urged them to remain loyal and propagate the ideology of the peoples Democratic party.

The State Governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel who was represented by his Special Assistant on Tourism and the National President, Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, Akparawa Monday Etokakpan joined others to welcome the Defectors, commended them for taking such a bold decision and advised them to desist from all forms of distraction and remain resolute to vote into office candidates from the PDP Umbrella in the 2019 General Elections as the umbrella is big enough to accommodate all. He enjoined PDP faithfuls to shun violence and all forms of social vices but remain United and work hard for peaceful coexistence in the party.

Also, he thanked God most especially for making the event a success and for touching the hearts of the defectors to see the need to join hands and build Akwa Ibom for a better tomorrow. He said that he remains committed to the development of the state and welfare of citizens, thus there is need for continuous support for the present administration under his leadership from all party members. He promised that more men and women from Nsit Ibom will be incorporated into the various Government Programs and more projects will be sited in the area for adequate engagement of the unemployed in the area.

On his part, the PDP Chapter Chairman, Nsit Ibom, Rt. Hon. Nsikak Ikpe who has been the man behind the feat recorded so far, thanked God in a very special way, for giving him the enablement to do the much that he has done so far while also thanking Gov Udom Emmanuel, Party Leadership at the state level, his fellow Chapter officers and other party men and women for believing in him and supporting him to succeed in virtually all the great projects that he has initiated for the purpose of keeping the PDP family in Nsit Ibom more united.

He commended the decision of those who defected to PDP while promising to create a conducive atmosphere for everyone in the PDP Family. He encouraged the party faithfuls to participate fully in the Voters Registration exercise that is ongoing.

Others who spoke during the event were, the Mbiaso Ward3 Political Leader; Engr Precious John, Nsit Ibom Transition Committee Member; Engr Itoro Orok and Member, Nigerian Youth Council, Akwa Ibom chapter. In their respective remarks, they thanked the state Governor and PDP Leadership in Akwa Ibom state for collaborating with other members of the party to ensure harmony,Tranquility and stability in the party.

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