- The opposition PDP has debunked the claim that Governor Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom was planning to join the APC
- A presidential aide had ignited the allegations, citing the governor's recent invitation of some principal APC leaders to Akwa Ibom for projects commissioning
- However, the PDP said Governor Emmanuel had repeatedly assured that he was not leaving the opposition party
Uyo, Akwa Ibom state - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has debunked the allegations of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s planned defection to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
President Muhammadu Buhari's special assistant on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang had earlier claimed that Governor Emmanuel was making subtle moves to join the APC.
Citing the governor’s recent romance with APC stakeholders, including the invitation of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Senate President Ahmed Lawan for projects inauguration, Enagd concluded that "Udom Emmanuel is now a member of the APC."
Akwa Ibom chapter of PDP reacts
Reacting to Monday, October 11, the spokesman of the Akwa Ibom state chapter of the PDP, Borono Bassey, described Enang's claim as false, The Punch reported.
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Bassey said he was not surprised at the rumours, adding that APC is always struggling to have a performing governor like Udom Emmanuel in order to validate its failure in the state
"The truth is that the governor has said it over and over again and as a party, we have made releases that the governor is not going anywhere.
“I like to think that people just want to draw attention to themselves because they know that people will be interested in hearing about this.”
Rep member defects to APC ahead of 2023
In a related development, Godday Samuel Odagboyi, a member of the House of Representatives representing Apa/Agatu federal constituency of Benue state, has dumped the Labour Party (LP) for the ruling APC.
The speaker of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila, reportedly announced Odagboyi’s defection at the plenary on Tuesday, September 28.
Legit.ng gathers that Odagboyi explained that he defected to the ruling APC because of the “lingering crisis” in the LP.
PDP’s Senator Steven Odey defects to APC after losing seat
Meanwhile, Senator Steven Odey, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has also defected to the APC.
Odey was sacked from Senate in August after an election appeal tribunal rejected his argument that he was duly sponsored by the PDP for the December 5, 2020 by-election in Cross River North.
The former lawmaker defected with many of his supporters in his ward, Yache, in the Yala local government area of Cross River state on Saturday, September 25.