By The Evangelist
December 3, 2022
Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has assured that Akwa Ibom State and the entire South-south region will be better off with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in power at the state and the centre.
Speaking today at the formal reception of defectors from other parties to the PDP, at Unity Park, Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo, Governor Emmanuel assured defectors, returnees and new entrants to the PDP of full integration and restoration of privileges.
“I assure you, that there’s nothing like you’re just coming back, go and queue behind. No, not at all. We are giving you full restoration.
“Everyone has their own space, nobody will take your space. You all have your own spaces”, the Governor said.
The Governor and leader of PDP in the state formally welcomed the decampees to the party family while, however, cautioning them to guard their loyalty to the party.
He stressed that the PDP is the only party that will favour Akwa Ibom and the entire South-South and described the support of the people for the PDP and what the party holds for them as a social contract, for which he could act as surety.
He described the Presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as detribalized Nigerian with whom the state and the region can be sure of getting their due.
“Atiku is the most detribalized Nigerian and the only one who will recognize the goose that lays the golden eggs. …It is a social contract between the candidate and all of you and I am the surety of that social contract.”
The State Chairman of the PDP, Elder Aniekan Akpan, welcomed the defectors on behalf of the State Working Committee of the party, and re-echoed the assurances of their reintegration into the party as the family they rightly belong.
According to Elder Akpan, the event, beyond the reception, was a unity rally as it marked the collapsing of all political structures in the state into the PDP.
The gubernatorial candidate of the PDP, Pastor Umo Eno, thanked the returnees and defectors for coming to terms with the truth and good intents of the party for the state and for seeing the need to join hands to work for the overall good of the state.
Speaking on behalf of the decampees from Uyo Senatorial District, Ekerette Ekpenyong, Ikot Ekpene, Mr Nse Ntuen and Eket Senatorial District, Bishop Samuel Akpan thanked Governor Emmanuel for accepting them back into the PDP and pledged to put all efforts to achieve the aspirations of the party in the coming elections.