…Say they’re out to destroy APC as they did to PDP
Nemesis caught up with defunct members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who decamped to the All Progressive Congress, APC out of desperation for power as they were roundly ridiculed by the real owners (chieftains) of the party.
Reacting to the ongoing leadership tussle that has crumbled the APC in the state causing members to leave the party in droves within the last two months, those claiming to be foundation members of the party have blamed the crisis on the PDP defectors whom they described as political prostitutes saying their mission was to destroy the APC as they did to their former party.
This altercation came up during the crossfire battle between factions loyal to Senator John James Akpanudoedehe and that of Obong Umana Okon Umana in Uyo recently.
Singling out the likes of Obong Umana Okon Umana, Obong Nsima Ekere, Atuekong Don Etiebet and even the most recent decampee, Nelson Effiong and Emmanuel Ukoette, for condemnation, stakeholders of the APC in the state berated their greediness and regretted that these ones were accepted into the party by few greedy elements in their party simply because they were able to buy their way in to reap from where they did not sow.
Picking out on Obong Umana Okon Umana who ride on the platform of the PDP to political limelight as well as amassing all the funds plunged into fighting the same party when his ulterior motive of becoming Governor crashed, one of the core supporters of Senator James Udoedehe, Mr. Solomon Johnny in a position many say reflects that of Udoedehe claimed that Umana was “clearly reaping from where they did not sow and causing discord among the camp”.
He went down memory lane recollecting with sadness that it was the same Umana now playing a righteous person and even demonizing the PDP, that while serving as Secretary to the State Government, slammed Senator, Udoedehe the leader of the party he now reaps from with treasonable felony, an offense punishable by death in 2011 as well as led as captain in the maiming and elimination of any opposition voice that risen in the state and warned the party to be wary of his antics as he has not changed.
Reacting to the claims that the problem facing the APC was caused by Sen. Akpanudoedehe, he said he “had expected to hear, perhaps as a response from the factions loyal to Obong Umana Okon Umana, Obong Nsima Ekere and Otuekong Don Etibet who are currently vilifying Senator John James Akpanudoedehe was a defense as per whether claims of marginalization and exploitation made by Akpanudoedehe is true or false”.
He further berated the PDP decampees now parading themselves as new leaders of the APC simply because they were reaping from the goodies they did not labour for to stop demonizing the same PDP they destroyed simply because they were satisfying their yearning at the moment, claiming that whenever the benefits stop, they would return to their old selves as they have already started showing signs.
“The current leaders in the APC are guilty of all the crimes we charged Godwill Akpabio and they cannot be clean by simply jumping to the APC and taking the party hostage to advance their inordinate and insatiable greed for power which they failed to achieve in the PDP”, the APC chieftain quipped.
Further highlighting Umana and co unending greediness and desperation to commandeer everything to themselves the APC chieftain resented that the new leaders whom he described their appetite for power as insatiable, said they have “arrogantly taken 100% of appointment due to the state and 98% the about to be formed federal boards and parastatals”. He also argued that the acrimony between Umana and Udoedehe which is ripping the party apart was not about the bygone 2015 gubernatorial ticket of the party as speculated.
Also lending his voice to the division ravaging the state APC, another stake holder, Mr. Williams Inyangette had this to say: “I’m not surprise by what is happening in Akwa Ibom state chapter of APC today. It shows the level of desperation of Mr Umana and his paid boys to clinch to power no matter what it may cause; we have seen this desperate moves even while he was in PDP where the likes of Nsima Ekere was forced to resign because Umana saw him (Nsima Ekere) as a threat to his political ambition”.
He described all the new members of the APC in the state as fair weather and food-is-ready type of politicians who are always interested in getting power, and when the fail to get it, they turn round to destroy the party.
It would be recalled that Senator Nelson Effiong who recently defected from the PDP to the APC few months ago had last week also stated that he went to APC to become Governor in 2019.
Meanwhile, on the heels of the unending crisis ravaging the APC and also unveiling the greediness of its members, the support base of Governor Udom Emmanuel has continue to widen in the state as thousands of Akwa Ibomites have vowed not to ever make the same mistake Nigerians made at the national during the 2015 polls which has enthroned cluelessness and hardship in the land.
Those who were apparently brainwashed by the APC have vowed never to have anything again to do with a party with failed promises as they now turn their full support to Governor Emmanuel.
Culled from Niger Delta Post