By Emman Ovuakporie & Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA—A member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the House of Representatives, Emmanuel Ukoette, yesterday, announced his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Ukoette, who represents Ukanafun/Oruk Anam federal constituency of Akwa Ibom, in a letter to the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, notifying the House of his defection, said he was leaving the PDP because of the inability of factions within the party to reconcile their differences.
It will be recalled that a senator from Akwa Ibom State, elected on the platform of the PDP, had recently defected to the APC, also citing the crisis in the party as the reason for his defection.
Stating that the crisis in the PDP that led to different factions made him to take the decision, Ukoette said: “One is led by the National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and another by the Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
“The string of legal battles trailing the leadership crisis might end in fiasco and that is not the ideals of the founding fathers and therefore my resolve to move to the APC.”