More chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have defected to the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom state. The latest of the gale defections in the state happened on Saturday, when four PDP chairman aspirants in Orue Offong/Oruko local government area of the state left the party. The defectors, alongside many of their supporters, had reportedly shun entreaties from Governor Emmanuel Udom, urging them to stay in PDP.
The leader of the defectors was Okon Bassey, a former Member of the State House of Assembly. Udom's Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Victor Antai, who reportedly showed up at the defection ceremony to placate the former PDP members, who stood their grounds.