Uyo - A PDP chieftain in Akwa Ibom, Enefiok Ekefre, on Thursday criticised the relocation of the party’s secretariat from Ikot Ekpene road to Edet Akpan Avenue in Uyo.
Ekefre, who is also the pioneer chairman of the party for Uyo Local Government Area, told newsmen in Uyo that the secretariat had been in Ikot Ekpene since 1998.
He questioned the rationale behind the relocation from a more spacious place on Ikot Ekpene road to Edet Akpan Avenue, which he described as more congested.
The PDP chieftain said that it would have been better for the party to build a permanent secretariat as promised by Governor Godswill Akpabio, when he was elected in 2007, instead of relocation.
According to him, the new location is smaller than the one previously occupied and will not accommodate members during meetings.
“Apart from the lack of space in the new environment, the new location could bring traffic gridlock to the adjoining street and Osongama Estate.
“It is also a busy street in the state because it serves as a gateway to the only five star hotel in the state on Nwaniba and Airport Road,” he said.
Ekefre appealed to the national leadership of the party to intervene and bring back sanity to the party to avoid losing its potential members.
Reacting to the development, the Chairman of the PDP in the state, Paul Ekpo, confirmed the relocation in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Ekpo said that the party had a right to relocate its office to wherever it desired.
He said that the party relocated because it was necessary to do so.