- The Akwa Ibom state chapter of the PDP has elected a new chairman following the death of Udo Ekpenyong
- Aniekan Akpan, the new chairman, was elected in a special state congress where 3,874 delegates participated
- Speaking after his victory, Akpan expressed appreciation to the delegates and promised to take the party to the next level
Uyo, Akwa Ibom state - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom state has elected Aniekan Akpan as its new chairman.
A report filed by Africa Independent Television (AIT) stated that 3,874 delegates of the Akwa Ibom state PDP trooped to the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo for a special state congress where Akpan was elected.
Legit.ng gathers that the seat had become vacant following the death of the former chairman, Udo Ekpenyong.
Speaking at the event, Governor Udom Emmanuel charged the new party chairman, to consolidate the enviable position of the party in the state.
He commended the members for an excellent organisation just as he said that the PDP remained the party to beat in the s.
Governor Emmanuel charged Akpan to ensure that the party remains more united and stronger
New state chairman reacts
In his remarks, the newly elected chairman, Akpan, was thankful to the members for electing him and promised to take the party to greater heights, Daily Independent also reported.
Also speaking, the national legal adviser of the party, Emmanuel Enoidem, maintained that the party remained formidable despite some defections.
Akpan, a former member of the state House of Assembly and commissioner for education hails from the same Ukanafun LGA where the late chairman came from.
Defections: PDP national chairman faces possible sack
Meanwhile, the PDP's youths have called for the immediate sack of the party’s national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
The call for Secondus' removal is coming on the heels of defections that hit the major opposition party in recent months.
The youths under the aegis of South-South Youth Vanguard, in a statement by its national chairman, James Efe Akpofure, urged the party’s leaders to stop the drift of decamping and address the negative situation in the party.
Defections: PDP slams APC for poaching its state governors
In other related news, the PDP on Tuesday, June 29 slammed the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and the federal government for poaching PDP governors amid the growing insecurity in the country.
According to the party, instead of focusing on the current challenges of Nigeria, the APC is focused on politicking and wooing PDP governors.
The PDP national chairman, Prince Secondus, made the comment while addressing journalists in Abuja after the defection of Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle to the APC.