By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
he All Progressives Congress (APC), Akwa Ibom State chapter, has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has concluded plans to hire mammoth crowd to feign defection from the APC to the PDP, thereby giving the impression that the APC in the State has imploded.
In a statement issued yesterday by the Publicity Secretary of APC Caretaker Committee in Akwa Ibom State, Nkereuwem Enyongekere, the state Chapter of the party said a truckload of fresh brooms have been procured by the agents of PDP in the state to be burnt at a charade ceremony to misinform the party faithful.
He said “Information from highly credible sources has revealed that any moment from now a conspiracy may be hatched by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State to stage a charade of a mammoth crowd of persons supposedly members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defecting from the party to the PDP.
“Organizers of the planned charade are still searching for a suitable venue intended to be a state-wide event and aimed at deceiving the ignorant and gullible public that Akwa Ibom APC has imploded sequel to the alleged leadership tussle and rumoured division of the party in the state.”
The statement claimed that a tipper load of freshly-made brooms arrived from Ikot Ekpene to the residence of a PDP Chieftain in Akpa Ube, Aka Offot community in Uyo Local Government, saying that a mountain-like heap of the broom is to be set on fire to illustrate the “demise” of APC in the state.
He said the source further revealed that a former member of the National Assembly, hitherto a member of APC and now a Chieftain of the political pressure group that goes by the name; Akwa Ibom Democratic Forum (ADF) is linked and closely associated with the planned charade.
“APC hereby wishes to put its members and the general public on NOTICE of this acts of desperation by a party/government that has failed in all ramifications to deliver on its promises and expectations of the people.
“We advise our party men and women sympathetic to the misdirection offered by the leadership of ADF not to allow themselves to be led astray but to remain resolute with the party, unwavering in their support and believe in the leadership of the party and the prospects it offers to deliver Akwa Ibom from the current misgovernance of the PDP”, he said.