A former Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Ignatius Edet, has returned to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) with over 5,000 members.

The defection took place during the flag-off of the campaign for Governor Udom Emmanuel in Uyo township stadium.

Edet, who is the Chairman, Media Publicity and Image Making of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign groups in the state said his reasons for leaving the PDP to the APC no longer exists.

The ex-Speaker expressed disappointment and sadness with the manner at which the APC in the state was run and expressed confidence that the PDP which had been on ground in the state with sustainable structures would sweep the polls.

He said, while in the APC, he and his people were marginalised but that he has returned to make sure Governor Udom Emmanuel is re-elected.

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“Udom Emmanuel is going back to the Government House. Your Excellency, I am happy to come back home. The things that made me to leave PDP is no more there.

“When I was in APC, they marginalised my people saying they are god. I have over 5,000 people who are supporting me, that we shall support Udom Emmanuel for 2019,” he said.

Receiving the decampees, the State PDP chairman, Mr Paul Ekpo expressed pride in what he described as homecoming.

He promised that the umbrella is large enough to accommodate everybody and added that the ex-speaker and other members would surely be accorded their pride of place.

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