Former Senator, Aloysius Etok (Ikot Ekpene) has declared that it would take a long time for the Peoples democratic Party (PDP) to bounce back to power following its inglorious antecedent.
Speaking on Thursday in Uyo Etok who recently defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC) attributed the problem facing the party currently to impunity that characterised the leadership of the party.
He added that the lawlessness and impunity in the party were major reasons many people are leaving the party, saying that the PDP in Akwa Ibom were busy claiming that even if election was conducted one hundred times it will win all because they failed to understand that times have changed.
His words, “Impunity, lawlessness and arrogance; these things made them to move away from the people and became very far away from the people. How will you expect the North-East to vote for PDP realizing that the party people played pranks with their lives?
“Even as a senator, I feel the pains that I joined in approving the international loan of one billion dollars and the money was taken and shared among people.
You can fool people sometimes but you cannot fool them all the
“If there is a rerun in Akwa Ibom the election will respect all the laws covering the election and will not be done in the usual way, So you cannot say who will actually win because for one, you must be able to get the people to come out”
Reacting, Akwa Ibom state commissioner for Information and Communication Mr Aniekan Umanah had dismissed those who defected from the PDP to APC as “an assemblage of former-former” political spent forces who are no longer relevant in the scheme of things in the state.
“When Etok lost his bid for third term as a senator for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial district he never participated in anything again. It was clear that he had left the party even before now. So the detectors are an assemblage of people who are aggrieved either because they didn’t get third term or they didn’t get certain position” Umanah stressed.