By Tony Nyong
UYOâ€”26 members of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly have threatened to decamp from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party should the National haedquarters of the party continue with moves to reduce Governor Akpabioâ€™s political powers by harmonizing the hierarchy of the state party executives, just as factions within the party is deepening.
The House in a unanimous decision taken after about six hours of closed door meeting with the governor, Chief GodswillÂ Akpabio, made the resolution in a motion moved by the Speaker of the state Assembly, Ignatius Edet and sent to the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party in a swift move to stop Attahâ€™s faction from having upper hand in with the overtures ofÂ the current opposition to replace the state chairman of the party.
The House members, all of the ruling party, in the resolution categorically stated that they would no longer contend with the numerous threats, blackmail and moves to incite the people against the government of Governor Akpabio, adding that should the party at the National level succumb to mounting political pressures from a faction of the party, they would decamp en mass and leave the party to fall.
The party also decided to immediately arrange a fund raising ceremony to contribute towards the building of the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja, still as part of the design to curry the favour of the party.
Meanwhile, Senator John James Udoedghe, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, and high profile politician in one of the known opposition camps, has declared his intention to run for the gubernatorial election come 2011.
Some prominent politicians have also started romancing with the various known factions already existing, trying to ascertain which camp should hold an ace to what they want and from where they could perhaps obtain their tickets.