The Akwa Ibom State Coordinator of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign group, Ignatius Edet, on Wednesday defected with over 5,000 members of the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party.
Edet, a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, returned to the PDP at the inauguration of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s re-election campaign in Uyo, the state capital.
Speaking at the event, which was held at the Uyo Township Stadium, Edet explained that he left the APC as a result of the high-handedness and impunity of the party’s officials.
He expressed disappointment with the attitude of some APC chiefs, especially an unnamed aide of Buhari, whom he alleged handpicked the candidates in the last primary elections.
Edet said, “I have seen it all both in the PDP and the APC and I can tell the difference.
“I decided to leave the party because of impunity and high-handedness of the officials, some of them were seen handpicking aspirants at the last primaries.”
Edet expressed confidence that the PDP, which he said had been on the ground in the state with sustainable structures, would win the coming elections.