PDP FINANCIER IN AKWA IBOM DEFECTS TO APC.
Eket secretariat of the All Progressives Congress APC along Eket Oron Road came alive Saturday February 24,2018 as Peoples Democratic Party PDP financier,an oil magnet and Chairmanship aspirant in the December 2,2017 Local Government elections, Hon. Iniobong Odiongo defected from his former party to All Progressives Congress.
Defecting alongside other prominent PDP members in Eket, Hon. Odiongo described PDP as a dead party that cannot win gubernatorial election next year.
“PDP is a conglomerate of people who are afraid of doing what is right.I vied for the Chairmanship ticket in the PDP primaries.The whole process was designed to favour a toy Gov.Udom Emmanuel wanted to be the Chairman of Eket LGA.The exercise lacked transparency and I was rigged out”. He said.
In a carnival like atmosphere,Hon . Iniobong Odiongo led Hon. Eteyen Imaikop, Dr.Samuel Edoho, Hon.Emmanuel Udoette and other notable PDP members in Eket to APC.
They promised to work with other members of the party in mobilizing Akwa Ibom people for the enthronement of APC government in the state next year.
He promised to use his deep political experience in making sure that May 29,;2019 is the last day for Udom Emmanuel to remind in office as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State.”Gov.Udom Emmanuel cannot win the forthcoming election. I foresee this, hence I’ve to leave the torn umbrella now”,he opined.
Receiving the defectors into the party,Hon. Godwin Akwaowo,APC Chapter Chairman in Eket applauded Hon.Iniobong Odiongo for his foresight and courage of leaving a party that was rejected by Nigerians at the polls in 2015.
Hon. Akwaowo charged members of the party to be united, steadfast and committed to the party..He assured the defectors of equal opportunity in the party and warned party members to desist for acts that can hinder the growth of the party. He expressed optimism of welcoming and receiving more decampees in the days ahead.
In their separate speeches,Hon. Charles Ebongho State Assistant Secretary,Hon.Bassey Eshiet and other speakers urged party members to support President Buhari and call on him to declare his intention and contest the 2019 Presidential Elections.” Nigerians who voted for him and are ready to vote for him again and are more that those who don’t want him to contest.President Buhari shall win the next election” Hon Eshiet said.
The colourful ceremony was witnessed by APC State Officers,among whom were Hon.Bassey Eshiet,Hon. Charles Ebongho,Dr.Ekanem and Eket Chapter Chairman of APC,Chapter Executive members,Ward Chairmen,Women and Youths groups and other stakeholders of the party.