Akwa Ibom - Mr Linus Udofia, the
chairman, Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), in Akwa Ibom, on
Tuesday, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party
Announcing his decision in Ibiaku, headquarters of Uruan
ward, Udofia said he took the decision after due consultations with his
supporters and members of his family and to make himself relevant in the
politics of the state.
He said: "I am coming back to the PDP to contribute my
quota to rebuilding the party, particularly in my Northern Uruan Ward 2 of Akwa
"My ward has been neglected for too long because of my
being in the opposition. I intend to strengthen the PDP in my ward, make myself
relevant and bring development to my people."
He said that his defection to the PDP was not to cause
friction but to contribute his wealth of experience to the growth and
development of the party.
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Udofia explained that he was a member of the PDP since the
inception of the party in the state till 2003 when he left to join the United
Nigeria Peoples Party (UNPP).
He said that he won election as counselor in 2004 on the
platform of the UNPP.
In his remark, Mr Effiong Iweh, PDP chairman in Northern
Uruan Ward 2, urged Udofia to be loyal to the party.
He said that with his antecedents, Udofia should be in a
position to make `meaningful’ contributions to the success of the party in the
2015 general elections.
He assured Udofia that he would not be maginalised, adding
that he would enjoy all the rights and privileges accorded to members of the
The PDP leader in Uruan ward, Mr Bassey Mbom, who received
Udofia back to the party, urged him to be dedicated and committed to the
policies and programmes of the party in the state.
He called on other members of the PDP who left the party to
have a rethink and return, saying the umbrella of the PDP was big enough to