The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abak Urban Ward V Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 has received one of their chieftains who defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the build up to the 2019 general elections.
The formal reception took place at the palatial residence of the Ward political leader and Member Representing Abak State Constituency in Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. (Dr.) Udeme Otong at Abak Itenge.
Alhaji Ebong was one of the core loyalists of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio who is also a Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
The decampee, Alhaji Aminu Ebong, a renowned journalist in Akwa Ibom State stressed that he jumped into APC ship when he felt his contributions were obsolete and no longer carried along by the leaders of the party in the Ward.
The Candor Newspaper Publisher, maintained that the ideology of APC did not tally with his vision for the people as that of the PDP hence his return to the party stressing that the more reason he decided to return to the party is because of the political leader, Elder Otong whom he described as God sent to the Ward to rewrite the wrongs of past political leaders in the area and to reposition it to meet up with sister wards in Abak Local Government Area.
Receiving the returnee, the Abak Urban Ward V PDP Chairman, Mr. Nkereke Peter welcomed Alhaji Aminu back to the party and presented same to the political leader and other leaders of the Ward who offered him a place as one of the leaders of thought in the party.
Mr. Nkereke after a formal reception issued a membership card to the decampee to strengthen his membership and was witnessed by the leaders and Ward executives.
In his goodwill message, the political leader of Abak Urban Ward V and Member Representing Abak State Constituency in Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Dr. Udeme Otong thanked the returnee for taking such a bold step and for not bending to pressure by his former party leaders who wanted to stall his defection.
The Chairman, House Committee on Health, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, emphasized that the other party is anti-people which does not see the welfare of the people they govern as paramount and promised to do his best to bring back more aggrieved members of the party back to their fold in order to fulfil a purpose.
Also speaking, the Chairman, elders forum of the Ward, Mr. Ekponoimo Akwa lauded the leadership qualities of Elder Otong which he said is worth emulating as it made possible the home coming of one of their own and added that he would not jeopardize the decision of the elder statesman.
The event had in attendance Abak Urban Ward V PDP Executives, elders council members among others.