Two former House of Representatives members, Messrs Bassey Etim and Esio Okwong, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom.

Etim and Okwong represented Uyo and Oron Federal Constituencies at the National Assembly between 2003 and 2007.

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, received the duo along with more than 2,000 of their followers during the inauguration of Akwa Ibom party secretariat in Uyo.

NAN reports that Oshiomhole was represented by the National Vice Chairman, South-South of the party, Mr Hillary Eta.


He urged them to join the old members of the party and work towards ensuring that APC was victorious in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

“You are all welcome to our great party. You will enjoy all rights and privileges as members of this party.

“You are expected to use your wealth of experience to ensure the success of the All Progressives Congress come 2019,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Etim, who contested for Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial seat under the PDP in 2015 general elections, said that he was happy to join the party of progressives.

He said that they would work hard to enthrone APC in the state and ensure the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

“I am very happy to join the party of progressives today. We have over 2000 of our members who are coming with us to join the progressives. They were all members of the PDP in the State.

“We will ensure that the party will not only win, but they will sweep the state come 2019,” Etim said.

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