Elder brother to the Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC) National Caretaker Committee, Senator John Udoedehe, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Declaring his defection on Tuesday at the PDP State Chairman’s Office, Uyo, Mr Godwin Udoedehe, who pledged allegiance to the PDP, noted that the party in Akwa Ibom State was the only one with visions and actions aligning with the collective aspirations of Akwa Ibom people.
He said “The truth is, it is not a coincidence that the generality of Akwa Ibom people have continued to choose the PDP as the most preferred political platform which leaders have emerged since the return of democracy in 1999. This is because the PDP has continued to demonstrate by its actions that it means well for the growth and progress of this State. Go around the country and see the mess that other APC states have become. So for me, pitching my tent with the PDP is my way of showing that I believe in the Akwa Ibom dream.”
Mr Udoedehe expressed appreciation to the party for opening its doors for him, stressing that his defection to the party is informed by the need to join the winning team whom he confessed has made remarkable impacts in the state since 1999.
He stated that he came in company of his wife to bear him witness, promising never to return back to the APC.
Receiving the Uyo born politician, State chairman of the PDP, Rt Hon Elder Aniekan Akpan commended Udoedehe for returning ‘home’ after a political sojourn, adding that the party was ready to accommodate and work with him.
The Akwa Ibom State PDP boss noted that “The Umbrella of the PDP is large enough to accommodate every Akwa Ibom person willing to join the PDP family. We are therefore urging our brothers and sisters who went on Political Exile to different Parties but have been indicating interest to return to come home.”
Commenting on the development, the political leader of Uyo, Prince Enobong Uwah described the defection as a welcome development and a big plus to the PDP. He thanked the state Chairman of the PDP for creating opening the doors of the Party for Mr Udoedehe stating that the leadership and members of the PDP in Uyo will receive, accommodate and work with Mr Udoedehe.