The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Akwa Ibom State chapter has described as ‘tall dream’ the rumour making the rounds in the state that Governor Udom Emmanuel was nursing the ambition to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The party has affirmed that the governor, a leader with a towering record of integrity and performance, remains a very committed and dutiful leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom State.
This was contained in a statement signed by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Borono Bassey and made available to Journalists in Uyo yesterday.
The PDP insisted that Governor Emmanuel’s support base across all strata of the Party was unshakeable.
“We cannot conceive the faintest of reasons why Governor Emmanuel would contemplate any form of movement, even in thoughts from the PDP whose values and ideological leaning resonates with his total development and leadership agenda; let alone to a party like the APC, a party synonymous with retrogression.
“What is clear however from these rumours is that the APC who are the principal shareholders in this rumour mills are desirous of having the focused, visionary and performing Chief Executive of Akwa Ibom State cross over to their sinking boat, perhaps in the hope that his arrival could be the salvation that has for so long eluded them.
“Our Party, the PDP does not have even the miniscule sympathy for the APC in this shattered dream as our Governor and leader of our party cannot in all good conscience, plunge our State into the impending retrogression that awaits any state that affiliates directly with the APC.
“The fact that this risible propaganda is making its way into public domain at a time when Governor Emmanuel is busy inaugurating life-touching projects around the State as part of his pursuit of the Completion Agenda and to mark the 6th Anniversary of his outstanding leadership in Akwa Ibom State, equally speaks to the ill motive of its purveyors.
“As a party, we reiterate that no performing PDP Governor who would leave our Party to join a party that has visited untold hardship on Nigerians.
“We urge our people to disregard such rumours or at best regard them as the manifestations of the thought process results of people who do not wish Akwa Ibom State well.
“Akwa Ibom State, under the leadership of Gov. Udom Emmanuel is marching forward with the PDP and no form of hallucinations from men of the Broom-wielding coven can change this resolve”, the statement noted.