Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has refuted reports of Governor Udom Emmanuel quest to defect to the All Progressives Congress.
A statement by the Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Borono Bassey, on Tuesday noted that Emmanuel cannot contemplate any defection, especially to a party like the APC which, he said, was already retrogressing.
The statement, which was made available to newsmen in Uyo, said that Emmanuel’s towering record of integrity and support base across all strata of the PDP is unshakeable.
The statement read: “We cannot conceive the faintest of reasons why
Governor Emmanuel would contemplate any form of movement, even in thoughts from the PDP whose values and ideological leaning resonates with his total development and leadership agenda; let alone to a party like the APC, a party synonymous with retrogression.
“What is clear however from these rumours is that the APC who are the principal shareholders in this rumour mills are desirous of having the focused, Visionary and performing governor of Akwa Ibom State cross over to their sinking boat, perhaps in the hope that his arrival could be the salvation that has for so long eluded them.
“Our Party, the PDP does not have even the miniscule sympathy for the APC in this shattered dream as our Governor and leader of our party cannot in all good conscience, plunge our State into the impending retrogression that awaits any state that affiliates directly with the APC.
“The fact that this risible propaganda is making its way into the public domain at a time when Governor Emmanuel is busy inaugurating life-touching projects around the State as part of his pursuit of the Completion Agenda and to mark the 6th anniversary of his outstanding leadership in Akwa Ibom State equally speaks to the ill motive of its purveyors.
“As a party, we reiterate that no performing PDP governor would leave our party to join a party that has visited untold hardship on Nigerians.
“We urge our people to disregard such rumours or at best regard them as the manifestations of the thought process results of people who do not wish Akwa Ibom State well.
“Akwa Ibom State, under the leadership of Gov. Udom Emmanuel is marching forward with the PDP and no form of hallucinations from men of the Broom-wielding coven can change this resolve.”