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APC In Trouble As Supporters U-Turn To Udom Emmanuel

APC In Trouble As Supporters U-Turn To Udom Emmanuel

All does not appear well in the political camp of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State as hundreds of grass root mobilizers, ward and unit officers of the party have declared their support for the candidature of the PDP standard bearer, Mr Udom Emmanuel.

The APC party men and their supporters, who came together under the aegis of the Akwa Ibom Progressive Network (AKPN) made their position known on Monday when they paid a surprise visit to the PDP governorship candidate at his campaign office in Ewet housing, Uyo.

The leader of the group, Comrade Otobong Okpon explained that their decision to back Mr Udom Emmanuel for the governorship seat was born out of an urgent need to align with the winning team. He said the group was made up of people who feel neglected and abandoned after carrying the burden of building the political structure of the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), now the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State.

Okpon noted that since January when Mr Umana Umana left the PDP for the APC, they have been completely side-lined in the decision making and the activities of the party. He complained that Umana came with his people (mostly elderly people) from the PDP and did not regard the younger politicians who have toiled under Senator John James Akpan Udoedeghe and even lost their lives during the 2011 general elections.

Okpon stressed that their principal, Senator Udoedeghe had begged them to remain calm that he is optimistic of his chances of winning the court case he instituted against Obong Umana Umana over the faulty conduct of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State. He said their final decision after series of meetings and consultations is to come under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) whom they are sure will definitely win on Saturday, April 11.

Receiving the group leaders and their supporters, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel thanked them for taking the right decision to key behind the Udom/Moses Divine Mandate governorship team. Udom said he was excited to welcome them to the fold and emphasised that the PDP is big family for all Akwa Ibom people. He assured that their hopes and aspirations will be met in his government.

“Your coming to the PDP today is inspired by God and it is a sign that this state is on a pathway to unprecedented unity. I warmly receive you with much love and appreciate your courage to take this step. I can assure you that this will be the final bus stop for all of you because we have outlined very sound blueprints that will guarantee jobs for our youthful population. You will be proud of your decision today and the stand which you have taken. Our party is committed to sustainable development and we will deliver on our promises”. Udom enthused.
Recently, 21 chapter chairmen of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State led by Hon Joseph Akpan moved to the Labour Party (LP).

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