Thecitypulsenews reports that the battle ahead of 2023 in Cross River is gathering momentum as the former PDP state chairman and APC former governorship candidate, Ntufam Ekpo Okon, and thousands of supporters, especially in the southern senatorial district, have dumped the party for rival PDP.
Others to join the exodus include the former deputy speaker, Hon.Dominic Edem, Hon. Wilson Ekpeyong, representing Bakassi state and Odukpani state constituencies respectively and Bassey O. Bassey, Esq. The trio of Okon, Edem and Ekpenyong were all staunch members of PDP and they defected to APC between 2015 and 2019.
According to sources close to the APC secretariat, Ntufam Ekpo and others have already tendered their resignation letters at the ward, chapter, and state levels.
According to the source, they may have left the party because most of them were allegedly not carried along in the recently concluded ward, local government, and state congress elections.
Their defection comes barely a month after some APC stalwarts in the northern senatorial district defected to PDP during Sen Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe’s thanksgiving ceremony in Ogoja, and at a time when the APC’s state executive committee–elect is still holding a reconciliatory meeting with some party bigwigs across the state.
The source further said that APC should expect more defections early next year as most old members are so dissatisfied at the way the new defectors from PDP shoved them aside and took over the party structure from ward to state levels.
Confirming the return to PDP, Chief Bassey Ekpo Bassey, 49, a member of executive in Akamkpa ward in Odukpani local government area where Ntufam Ekpo Okon belongs, said: “It is true that our leader, Ntufam Okon, has returned to PDP where he was one of the founding members but left due to irreconcilable differences.”
! Cross River Politics: Thousands’ Dump APC For PDP