By Ubong Hanson
A former House of Representative member for Eket Federal Constituency, Barr. Bassey Dan Abia (Jnr.), has lambasted some Ex-PDP members in the state who recently defected the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC) describing them as greedy politicians.
Making the criticism while featuring on Planet FM yesterday, Barr. Abia said that defectors have through their selfish actions entered their names in the black book of the area, maintaining that posterity would never forget them as hungry folks who attempted trading the progress of the state for their own selfish interest.
Barr. Abia who spoke extensively on a wide range of issues said that despite the defection by some greedy and hungry politicians who are driven by what they can get for themselves, the PDP still remain a very strong indivisible family and a party to beat any time any day.
He maintained that even the defectors themselves know that the party has deep root in the state and cannot be hijacked by anyone, adding that that was why the opposition are using propaganda to see if they could contain the popularity of the party in the state; a strategy he said would not work.
He described the PDP family in Esit-Eket as solid, maintaining that Eseme Eyibo has no political value in the area. Reacting to his purported defection to APC, the former National Assembly member revealed that Eyibo left the PDP immediately after his defeat at the primary election held by the party to nominate it’s flag bearer for the Eket Federal Constituency seat.
In his words, ‘’Immediately after his defeat in the primary, he had no business being in PDP. He did not vote for PDP. He had since left the PDP.
The Lawmaker however explained that the recent tribunal judgement which heralded so much noise by the opposition was part of the reason some desperate and greedy folks were departing the party.
On the recent Appeal Court verdict nullifying the Akwa Ibom State governorship election and ordering for a re-run which has been appealed at the Supreme Court by the PDP, Barr. Abia described the verdict as being extremely controversial.