Sen. Eme Ekaette, representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial zone and former state deputy governor, Mrs Valerie Ebe are some of the heavyweights that dumped their former party PDP for the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) on Tuesday.
Others include retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Udom Ekpoudom and former Chairman of Eka Local Government, Mr Francis Ikpon.
“On behalf of Akwa Ibom APC, I stand as Chairman to receive the latest members of our party in their hundreds in the state,” APC chairman in Akwa Ibom Mr Ini Okpobodi said, submitting that the Peoples Democratic Party has collapsed in the state.
Okpobodi handed over the decampees to the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, who was represented by the National Vice-Chairman of APC South-South, Mr Hillary Eta.
“I am the luckiest National Vice Chairman in APC because I am superintending over the fast growing people in the party,’’ Eta said.
More defectors are expected
Since the defection of former Akwa Ibom state governor Godswill Akpabio, a serving senator and minority leader in the Upper Legislative Chamber, to the ruling party, it’s expected that some of his loyalists in the state would follow.
That isn’t new in Nigerian politics as politicians jump from one political party to another they see as having brighter electory victory.
The scenario played out in Kwara State when the Senate President Bukola Saraki announced his resignation from APC.
Within a week Saraki officially returned to his former party, the entire Kwara cabinet defected back to PDP where they came from.