More than 800 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, on Saturday, defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The APC Chairman in the council area, Mr. Aniefiok Ekah, who led the defectors to the PDP, said the defectors had endured severe hunger in APC and could therefore no longer continue to tolerate such.
While submitting every document belonging to APC in his possession for destruction, Ekah, however, pleaded with the PDP not to treat the returnees as outcasts.
He explained that some of them left PDP in 2015 due to cheating by some party leaders who allegedly refused to protect their interests.
His words: “This is the membership register, registration forms and every other item in my possession.
“They were all given to me by APC, please burn them to ashes, there is nothing like APC again in Nsit Ubium.
“We left PDP in the first place because of cheating, middle men were short-changing us of what was meant for party supporters, but we have suffered so much hunger in the APC.”
Apparently elated, the state Chairman of PDP, Mr. Paul Ekpo, while receiving the defectors, lauded them for the bold steps taken and pledged to fully integrate them into the PDP family.
Ekpo said that PDP in the state would continue to accord importance to the interest and welfare of members, adding that the deflectors would be fully integrated into the party.