The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area has suffered a major setback following the defection of a former chieftain of the Party, Chief Edet O. Etim and his supporters to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Chief Etim who was the zonal caucus member of the APC in the South-South, and an ardent supporter of Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, led more than a thousand supporters of the Senator out of the APC on Monday, January 14 at Ikot Nkim, Ibesikpo Asutan Logal Governemt Area.
Addressing the gathering, the former political leader of the APC in Ibesikpo Asutan, disclosed that his stay in the APC was never a rewarding experience, as the party lacked integrity and morality.
Etim berated the APC for being insensitive to the plights of their followers, hinting that he was a passionate supporter of Senator J. J. Akpanudoedehe who lost out in the APC governorship primaries.
He related his reasons for leaving the APC to lack of integrity and transparency by the APC stakeholders, hence, his decision to join the Peoples Democratic Party.
While promising to work assiduously for the success of the PDP in the forthcoming elections, he called on those still living in the dark age of the APC to shun the party and embrace the light shining in the PDP.
Chief Etim’s supporters who were also faithful followers of Senator Udoedehe in the APC, took turns to express their regrets over their stay in the APC, and urged others still indecisive to shun the party and tow the right path.
He also used the occasion to announce the birth of a group, “The Winning Team” duly constituted to work for the re-election of Governor Udom Emmanuel in 2019. The Winning Team has Chief Edet O. Etim as its President. Other members of the group are: Rt. Hon. Joe Udonwa – Chairman elders’ forum & advisory council, Pastor Denis Ekpenyong – Secretary, Mr. Mfon Okon Abasi – youth leader, Mrs. Mary Ofonime – woman leader, etc.
Expressing delight at the decision of the people to follow the right path, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Linus Nkan assured that the defectors will have no regret in joining the PDP.
Mr. Nkan who was represented by Barr. Akan Ben, also appreciated Chief Etim for teaming up to form a formidable group for Udom’s re-election and expressed optimism that the ‘Winning Team” group will work for the success of the PDP in Ibesikpo Asutan in the forthcoming elections.