The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has debunked the allegations of Governor Udom Emmanuel’ s planned defection to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
President Muhammadu Buhari’ s special assistant on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang had earlier claimed that Governor Emmanuel was making subtle moves to join the ruling APC.
Citing the governor’ s recent romance with APC stakeholders, including the invitation of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Senate President Ahmed Lawan for projects inauguration, Enagd concluded that ” Udom Emmanuel is now a member of the APC. ”
Reacting to this on Monday, October 11, the spokesman of the Akwa Ibom state chapter of the PDP, Borono Bassey, described Enang’ s claim as false, The Punch reported.
The PDP chieftain said he was not surprised at the rumours, adding that APC is always struggling to have a performing governor like Udom Emmanuel in order to validate its failure in the state
Bassey said: ” The truth is that the governor has said it over and over again and as a party, we’ ve made releases that the governor is not going anywhere.
” I like to think that people just want to draw attention to themselves because they know that people will be interested in hearing about this. ”
Earlier, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP dragged Governor Ben Ayade and his deputy to court claiming that their defection to the recent ruling party disqualifies them to remain in office since they won the 2019 gubernatorial election on its platform.
Guardian newspaper on Friday, October 8, reported that the suit filed a team of SANs led by Emmanuel C. Ukala, argued before the Federal High Court in Abuja that Gov. Ayade cannot transfer the mandate given to him while he was a PDP member to the APC.
The PDP went on to state that as contained in the 1999 Nigerian constitution and the democratic system of governance in the country, elections are won by political parties, not candidates projected by their various political platforms.
In the suit, the PDP, therefore, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to either replace Ayade and Esuas with its candidates or conduct another governorship election in the state in line with the provision of Section 177 of the constitution.
Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state on Saturday in Makurdi expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was waxing stronger and would win overwhelmingly at the 2023 general elections.
The Benue state governor told newsmen that the PDP was better positioned now and was ready to wrestle power from the ruling APC.
He said: ” PDP as a party made mistakes in the past and has learnt a lot of lessons from its mistakes and it is fully prepared to take over the leadership of the country from the APC.
The governor added that nobody should deceived that PDP is Polarized, adding that the party is working together as a team.
Ortom said: ” We met and agreed that the positions which are currently in the North should go to the South, while those in the South should go to the North.
” This is the resolution of the Zoning Committee and it is graciously accepted at the national level. ” Nobody has begrudged the decision. It is widely accepted by all PDP members, ‘ ‘ .
Speaking on his senatorial ambition, the Benue state governor said that he was yet to decide whether he would be contesting Senatorial election in 2023.