Barely a month after Senator Godswill Akpabio, former Senate Minority leader, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Udom Ekpoudom (rtd) and Obong Otu Robert Akpan joined the APC, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Akwa Ibom State has once again been hit with another defection as the party’s leader in Ika Local Government Area, Dr Francis Udoikpong has joined the All Progressives Congress.
Dr Udoikpong, a former Commissioner for Health and a PDP state caucus member defected with about 5,000 others, including Sir Godwin Idungafa, a former Ika local government vice chairman; Mr Harry Eduo, a former Ika local government secretary and councillor; and Uyo Udom, a lawyer and politician.
Dr Udoikpong said they were leaving the PDP because the Udom Emmanuel Administration had neglected Ika, a boundary local government with Abia State.
He condemned inclusion of their names in Emmanuel campaign organisation without their consent, and demanded their names be removed.
Mr Ini Okopido, state chairman of APC, who received the defectors, noted that with their coming Ika is now APC.
Mr Okopido, himself an indigene of Ika, assured them of accommodation and equal rights as old members in the APC.