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Again, Amaechi’s ally dumps APC as Akpan leaves PDP for YPP in Akwa Ibom

By Ayoyinka Jegede (Uyo) and Obinna Nwaoku (Port Harcourt)
19 July 2022   |   3:08 am
All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has suffered another setback as George Tolofori, a staunch ally of former Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, resigned his membership of the party.

All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has suffered another setback as George Tolofori, a staunch ally of former Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, resigned his membership of the party.

Tolofori, who was a former commissioner for Transportation in the state during Amaechi’s administration as governor, in a letter personally signed and dated July 18, noted that he was no longer convinced to stay in the party having reviewed the general state of affairs in the party.

Tolofori, in a letter addressed to the chairman of APC Ward 12, Bonny Council, said:  “The APC came on the mantra of anti-corruption, justice, equity and justice, but today that hope is dashed as insecurity, corruption and injustice stare us squarely in the face and threaten the very existence of our beloved country.”

He, however, thanked the leader of the party in the state, Chibuike Amaechi, noting that it was a difficult decision for him to take but insisted on moving on.

SIMILARLY, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, governorship contender in Akwa Ibom State and wife officially joined the Young Progressive Party (YPP), yesterday, with his supporters.

Akpan, representing Akwa Ibom North East in the Senate, resigned his membership to PDP at a ceremony in Ibiono Ibom Eastern 1 ward in his hometown.
 
The senator and wife, Imaobong, who enjoy mass followership of their people, picked his membership cards number 3887 and 5006, respectively.

After the duo completed all the party membership registration formalities before the ward chairman, their cards were later presented to them by the state Shairman, Pastor Nyenime Andy, on behalf of the party.

While welcoming him and others into the party, Andy said YPP had become the fastest growing party in the state with the senator’s entrance.

“Today, a new Akwa Ibom births. Akwa Ibom for you and Akwa Ibom for me. Akwa Ibom, where there will be justice for all”, Akpan said and commended Pastor Andy for rejecting all financial inducements from dubious elements to do wrong.

He said 2023 would be about “character, competence and capacity,” saying
his teeming supporters joined the party to help build and improve the foundation for the next government of Akwa Ibom State.