Chairman of Media, Publicity and Image Making of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign groups in Akwa Ibom State, Engr. Ignatius Edet, a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, on Wednesday at the Uyo Township Stadium, dumped the All Progressive Congress (APC) and returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with over 5000 supporters.
Speaking at during the re-election Campaign flag-off by Governor Udom Emmanuel, Engr. Edet, expressed joy for returning to the PDP, a party he described as sensitive to the yearnings and aspiration of its members.
He explained that he left the APC because of high handedness of some party chieftains including a senior aide to Buhari, Senator Ita Enang, whom with other chieftains, according to him, hand-picked candidates of the party in the last primaries.
Engr. Edet expressed disappointment and sadness with the manner at which the APC in the state was run and expressed confidence that the PDP which had been on ground in the state with sustainable structures would sweep the polls.
According to the former Speaker, fondly called Alawo, “I am happy to come back home. The things that made me to leave PDP are no more there. When I was in APC, some people tried to play God. They imposed candidates on us. Sen. Ita Enang thinks he’s God. He tries to impose things on our people, but he has forgotten that there is only one God. I have the privilege of bringing over 5000 supporters of mine to support Udom Emmanuel in 2019.”
Receiving the returnees, the State PDP Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo, expressed pride in what he described as a homecoming by Engr. Edet and others.
Obong Ekpo promised that the umbrella is large enough to accommodate everybody and added that the ex-speaker and other members would surely be accorded their pride of place.