Tension In Akwa Ibom PDP Over Mass Defection To ACN

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Mar 11, 2011 No Comments ›› ACN (by)

There is tension in Akwa Ibom State following mass defection of chieftains of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). At the flag-off of the party’s rally at the Uyo Township Stadium on Wednesday, PDP chieftains in the 11 wards in Uyo declared for the ACN.

Men, women and children trooped out to witness what has come to be known as the ACN revolution in Uyo.
The campaign train, led by the ACN leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Presidential candidate, Nuhu Ribadu; party chair, Bisi Akande and others, moved across the major streets with brooms meant to literally sweep out the “evil and corrupt regime of the PDP.”

Tinubu told the large crowd: “The ACN government is working in Ekiti, Osun, Lagos and others and we will take it here. ‘’Go out and vote and I will return to Akwa Ibom to see you again.” Those who defected said the PDP government in the state had failed. They adorned the ACN toga with the party’s insignia after dumping their registers and cards with the logo of the former party. Chairman of Ward 1 Sunday Alfred Jonah said they left the party because of several failed promises.The party’s candidate, Senator John Udoedehe, assured them that their aspirations would be guaranteed in ACN. He urged them to work towards voting out the PDP next month.

It was learnt that following the failed PDP reconciliation talks with aggrieved aspirants in the primaries, this development may be a tough nut for the ruling party next month. Etim Okon Udo, a community leader in Oruk Anam, urged party leaders to mend the cracks before the poll. He said: “The party has been battling of late to reconcile those who won the primaries either to the House of Assembly; House of Representatives and the rest.

“I think the government had too much interest on who get the ticket after the primaries and that was why so many protests attended the primaries. Many people had threatened to quit the party and I believe this mass defection is also a fallout of the primaries that was not properly handled.

“Many people, including the House of Representatives’ aspirant for Uyo, Ekere Afia, had gone to court and the court ruled in his favour”, he said. The state PDP, led by Prince Uwem Ita Etuk, is battling to fill the void left with the defection of leaders in the 11 wards.

The Nation

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