All Progressives Congress governors are to storm Akwa Ibom State as Governor Udom Emmanuel’s defection plan is said to have become clearer.
The governors that are to welcome him into the APC are the party’s Interim National Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni (Yobe); Ben Ayade (Cross River); David Umahi (Ebonyi); Hope Uzodinma (Imo), and other APC governors.
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on Thursday, May 20, 2021, while defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC, had said that other PDP governors would soon join him to dump the opposition party.
NAIJA LIVE TV learnt that the PDP family in Akwa Ibom State had been thrown into lamentation.
It was gathered that some PDP members had taken to their social media handles to condemn the ‘supposedly’ planned defection of Emmanuel, while others have decided to stay aloof and observe the terrain as events unfold.
According to CitizenDiary, Government House sources said that the governor would soon announce his current political party. It added that loyalists to the governor had concluded plans to go with him.
However, the purpose of their planned visit is not made known to the media, but sources have it that their plans will be unveiled once they arrive in Akwa Ibom.
MEANWHILE, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Akwa Ibom State chapter, has dispelled widespread rumour that the state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has concluded plans to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The party in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Borono Bassey and made available to newsmen yesterday in Uyo, described governor Emmanuel as a very committed, loyal and dutiful leader of the PDP, in Akwa Ibom State.
The statement reads, “We cannot conceive the faintest of reasons why Governor Emmanuel would contemplate any form of movement, even in thoughts from the PDP whose values and ideological leaning resonates with his total development and leadership agenda; let alone to a party like the APC, a party synonymous with retrogression.
“Our Party, the PDP does not have even the miniscule sympathy for the APC in this shattered dream as our Governor and leader of our party cannot in all good conscience, plunge our State into the impending retrogression that awaits any state that affiliates directly with the APC.
“The fact that this risible propaganda is making its way into the public domain at a time when Governor Emmanuel is busy inaugurating life-touching projects around the State as part of his pursuit of the Completion agenda and to mark the 6th Anniversary of his outstanding leadership in Akwa Ibom State equally speaks to the ill motive of its purveyors.
“Akwa Ibom State, under the leadership Governor Udom Emmanuel is marching forward with the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) and no form of hallucinations from men of the Broom-wielding coven can change this resolve”
The PDP added that it was however clear that the APC who are principal shareholders in this rumour mills are desirous of having focused, visionary and performing governor of the PDP cross over to their sinking boat.
The party stressed that no performing PDP Governor who would defect to a party that has brought so much untold hardship on Nigerians.
“We, therefore, urge our people to disregard such rumours or at best regard them as the manifestations of the thought process results of people who do not wish Akwa Ibom State well”, the statement said.
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