By William EFFIONG
Yet another member of the People’s Democratics Party in Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly, Mr Victor Udofia, has quit the party.
This brings to 5 the number of the state’s house of assembly members from the PDP who have dumped the party in two months.
Others who have announced their defection or resignation from the party are Gabriel Toby of Etim Ekpo/Ika, Nse Ntuen of Essien Udim, Idongesit Ituen of Itu, and Otobong Ndem of Mkpat Enin who also lost his primaries nomination.
In a letter addressed to party chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo, and made available to Propellerng.com on Thursday, Udofia stated that he had “joined the PDP and remained with it against all odds with the belief that the party will be fair to all and reward individual sacrifices.”
He thanked the PDP for availing him the platform upon which he is currently serving as lawmaker.
Victor Udofia’s resignation is said to follow his disappointment in the leadership of the PDP for failing to ensure he emerged at the primaries. The nomination exercise was hailed by stakeholders as the most transparent that the PDP in the state has ever organised.
Udofia, a 2-term member representing Ikono in the house on the platform of the PDP, lost the party’s primary election last month. He was seeking the ticket to represent Ikono Ini federal constituency in the National Assembly. He lost to Mr Emmanuel Ukpong Udo by 130 votes.
Before his defection, Udofia had been severally attacked by his constituents for “underperformance”.
Udofia’s resignation may have come as a rude shock to the PDP which had earlier applauded his sportsmanship after the election. It would be recalled that Udofia was the first to lift the winner’s hand and vowed his loyalty to the party after he lost the primaries.