About 10,000 members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and the opposition All Progressives Congress, (APC), have dumped their parties to team up with Young Progressives Party, (YPP) in Akwa Ibom State,
The event, which took place in Ifa Ikot Akpan, along Airport road, Uyo, had Senator Bassey Albert, the former Chief of Staff to Governor Udom Emmanuel, Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen, the member representing Ikono/Ini federal constituency, Hon Emmanuel Ukpong Udo and the lawmaker representing Ikono State constituency, Hon Asuquo Nana Udoh, as well as numerous party men, join the YPP.
The national chairman of the party Bishop Comrade Emmanuel Amakiri chieftain of YPP, Senator Ifeanyi Uba, the State Chairman of YPP, Apostle Nyenime, and some party stalwarts were on the ground to receive the decampees.
At the event, the State chairman, who was also the gubernatorial candidate of the party, announced that he was stepping down for Senator Bassey Albert Akpan.
The national chairman of the party in his speech noted that the YPP had come to stay in Akwa Ibom State and urged every young progressive citizen to take their destiny into their hands.
He expressed pleasure over the overwhelming support the people had shown to Senator Akpan whom he said would liberate Akwa Ibom from its current quagmire.
Addressing the gathering, Akpan who is the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North East (Uyo) district, said that in line with the electoral laws, he willingly offered himself as an aspirant in the upcoming primaries for substitution, following Andy’s withdrawal of his candidacy.
He assured the delegates that if given the chance at the primary, he will not disappoint the party, adding that as a governor, all the civil servants would be treated with social justice and welfare.
Ephraim Inyangeyen, who spoke on behalf of other decampees, promised that together with OBA, “we will make the difference.“