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A/Ibom APC Gov Primaries: Udoedehe Threatens To Defect To PDP



Governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress,
APC, in Akwa Ibom State, John Udoedehe, has
threatened to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party if
the party fails to cancel the result of its governorship
primaries in the state.
Udoedehe, however, said he would explore options to
substantiate his calls for the cancellation of the APC
governorship primary, before he concludes on dumping
the party for PDP.
Addressing journalists in Uyo, the state capital on
Thursday, Udoedehe said the defection of the former
Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, Mr.
Umana Umana, from PDP to APC might spell the end of
APC in the state.
He added that he had to walk away from the recently
concluded governorship primaries of the APC because
he (Udoedehe) did not want a repeat of what happened
in 2011.
Mr. Umana later went on to win the APC governorship
primaries in the state despite just defecting to the party
less than a week before the exercise was conducted.
Udoedehe’s anger stems from the use of option A4 for
the primaries, which he argued was alien to the APC
He said, “I will pursue all internal mechanism to resolve
the problem but if the party remains adamant to
corruption and fraud, I will dump it for PDP.
“I am not moving to PDP for now. It is not going to be
a personal decision; many of our followers will meet
and decide on a way forward for the interest of our
“The way forward will mean moving to PDP and it will
also mean that we have to choose between one evil and
another evil.
“I believe that APC has the ability to resolve internal
crisis and Akwa Ibom State cannot be an exception. If
the party decides to do otherwise, then I can take a
The aspirant also denied that he had been paid N500m
by Governor Godswill Akpabio to move from APC to
PDP, describing it as a speculation aimed at tarnishing
his image.
You may recall that thugs loyal to Udoedehe invaded
the Uyo Township Stadium, venue of the APC
governorship primaries, and made away with all the
election materials except ballot boxes.
Udoedehe was allegedly angry that Umana was allowed
to contest the primaries.
However, following consultations with the national
executive of the APC in Abuja, chairman of the
Governorship Primaries Committee in Akwa Ibom, Mr.
Ahmed Safio, decided to use Option A4 to conduct the

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