Newsone reports that Akwa Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel, has dismissed as false a report in the local media that he was planning to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
This online news platform understands that the Akwa Ibom Governor who is doing his second term as governor of Akwa Ibom State, south-south Nigeria, denied that he was planning to dump PDP for APC on Tuesday, May 25, in Oron where he was inaugurating roads constructed by his administration.
The Akwa Ibom Governor said: “Akwa Ibom is not like any other state, we are people of integrity and cannot be swayed or distracted from our responsibilities by false speculations.
“Akwa Ibom is PDP and PDP is Akwa Ibom and all the development (projects) in Akwa Ibom are by the PDP government,” the governor said on Tuesday in Oron where he was inaugurating roads constructed by his administration.
Similarly, Newsone reports that the spokesperson of the PDP in Akwa Ibom, Borono Bassey, in a statement issued on Tuesday, said Emmanuel remained a committed leader of the PDP in Akwa Ibom.
Statement on Akwa Ibom Governor
According to him, “The intendment of this pernicious rumour which unfortunately has arrived at the most inappropriate of moments is targeted at misleading Akwa Ibom people and perhaps causing an unnecessary agitation in our polity.
“As a party, we wish to affirm that Mr Emmanuel, a leader with a towering record of integrity and performance, remains a very committed and dutiful leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom State,”
The spokesperson of the PDP in Akwa Ibom urged people in Akwa Ibom to disregard the “rumour.”
“As a party, we reiterate that no performing PDP Governor would leave our Party to join a party that has visited untold hardship on Nigerians.
“Akwa Ibom State, under the leadership of Gov. Udom Emmanuel is marching forward with the PDP and no form of hallucinations from men of the Broom-wielding coven can change this resolve,” the PDP spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, Newsone Nigeria reports that the rumour that the Akwa Ibom Governor was planning to defect to the APC has been fueled by the recent defection of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State (a neighbouring state) from the PDP to the APC.