Over 500 PDP Members dumps Party
In Akwa Ibom state alone, 580 chapter and ward officers of the PDP have so far defected to the Young Progressives Party, or YPP, with Senator Bassey Akpan.
Recently, Senator Akpan, who leads the Akwa Ibom caucus in the National Assembly and currently represents the senatorial district of Uyo, became the YPP’s nominee for governor in the party’s newly held governorship primary contest.
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The number of officers who defected to the YPP from the PDP was revealed to newsmen yesterday by Barr. Usenobong Akpabio, state chairman of the YPP’s defection and inter-party committee.
The committee charged with receiving and documenting individuals who are defecting from other political parties to the YPP is coordinated by Akpabio, the party’s nominee for the Akwa Ibom NorthEast senate seat.
In his own words, “We wanted to showcase them (defectors) as of the day Obong Bassey Akpan publicly declared for governorship in the YPP, but there was no opportunity to do so. I had counted 580 officers as of that day.
“The defect is still occurring. Many officers are defecting from the PDP. For instance, two officers and a woman leader from Onna left the PDP and joined us on Monday, August 15.
I’ve got their records. I have their letters of resignation. They are now officially registered members of the YPP.
Registration for membership is still open. PDP officials are leaving the party in all the local governments in the state, but the defection in Ibiono Ibom is particularly large.
The majority of PDP officers that have defected to the YPP are from the Ibiono Ibom LGA, including the chapter chairman, ward chairmen, and other offices.
In Uyo, Ikono, Ini, Esit Eket, Itu, Eastern Obolo, and Ibeno, we also have a lot of turnover. No municipal government or grassroots organisation is spared.
Barr. Akpabio stated, “I don’t know how else one would say that there is a grassroots appeal.” He added that the YPP was the state’s fastest-growing party.
I can assure you that YPP is present at the grassroots level.
Early last month, the PDP saw the departure of scores of chapter and ward officers.
“In addition to the party officers, three other members of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr. Usoro Akpanusoh, who represents the Edit Eket/Ibeno state constituency, and Mr. Nana Udo, who represents the Ikono state constituency—have defected to the YPP.
Ephraim Inyang, a former commissioner for works who later served as the governor’s chief of staff, and Sunny Ibuot, a former commissioner for labour and manpower planning who left the state executive council in March, have both joined the YPP.
“Two of the governor’s special assistants left their positions in June to join the YPP. The PDP, meanwhile, has begun hiring replacements for the policemen who defected.
That is the latest Naija News Today on Massive Defection Hits PDP
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