Senator Bassey Akpan, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker representing Akwa Ibom North East senatorial district in the National Assembly has resigned his membership from the party.
This was contained in a resignation letter signed by Akpan, addressed to the Ward Chairman, PDP Ibiono Ibom Eastern Ward 1, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, dated July 15 and made available to newsmen in Uyo on Friday.
Akpan in his letter said since the PDP could not afford him the platform to actualise the people’s aspirations, he has to resign his membership from the party to serve his people better.
“It is with the greatest sense of responsibility, purpose, and love for my people that I made bold this communication.
“I have been a loyal and committed member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for over 20 years and have through the platform of the party serve our people, state and nation diligently without any blemish, and I have by the grace of God contributed positively and impactfully to the growth and development of our country, state and our people in general.
“I believe, as a lawmaker and a distinctive one at that, I must at all times advocate and pursue virtues and values that promote and sustain effective adherence to the rule of law.
“As you are aware, my aspiration to serve our dear state in the office of the Governor is not personal or selfish but rather the collective ambition of our people, based on the principles of justice and equity, to achieve a better and more prosperous Akwa Ibom State.
“Therefore, after extensive consultation with my God, family, friends, supporters, and well-meaning believers in a just and equitable Akwa Ibom State across the world, it’s obvious that these collective yearnings and aspirations cannot be actualized under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Consequently, guided by the sentiments, concerns, and worries of our people, we express the need to take immediate steps for the actualization of their aspirations.
“I am therefore compelled to resign my membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) forthwith.
“I am convinced that this action will enable me to take the next positive step to meet the hopes and expectations of the Akwa Ibom people. Thank you and may God bless Akwa Ibom State,” Akpan said.
Akpan, who currently is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources upstream, was a PDP governorship aspirant in Akwa Ibom.