Female lawmaker who recently resigned membership of PDP, defects to APC

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The female honourable councillor in Bakassi who resigned her membership of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP on Tuesday officially defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC NEGROIDHAVEN can inform.

Grace Bassey of ward 7, formerly a member of the PDP on Wednesday defected to the APC.

Grace Bassey in between SA Ekeng Inyang (L) and Ekpenyong Akiba (R)
Bassey with other defectees

The event which took place in Bakassi at the chapter Secretariat domiciled at Ward 7 witnessed numerous others defecting with Bassey.

In her defection speech, the defecting councilor explained that she was defecting to the APC for two reasons, namely, because of the issues of injustice and inequality in the PDP.

Her words, ‘Before I decided on leaving my former party, the PDP had now been reeked with three fundamental challenges especially according to my experience: Gender/ Generational inequality and Injustice.

‘Concerning injustice, as a signatory of Back-to-South Movement, I find it contradictory to campaign, support or vote for a guber candidate from the CR-central or North. On generational inequality, the South cannot wait for another 32 years on end for power to return to her.

‘In conclusion, my disposition to the South was born out of farness, unity of the State, peace and (even) development.’

The defecting lawmaker used the opportunity to outline her achievements as a member of Bakassi Legislative Council.

She said that she moved a Motion on COVID-19 Awareness Creation in Border Communities, then co-sponsored the Motion for the Inclusion of Bakassi LGA as a Beneficiary of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Periodic Payments with Reference to Large Holcim and Affected Communities, she added that as chair of House committee on Health and member of House committee on Education, she facilitated the marking of International Day of Girl-child where she distributed thousands of educational materials, sensitised constituents, marked International Day of Women, and recently partnered with a civil society organisation called Partners for Peace in the Niger Delta to train 50 youths on the need to shun violence and embrace peace across the ten political wards of the troubled local government.

Present at the occasion were Dr Ekpo Bassey of the 9th Cross River State House of Assembly, Peter Dominic, Gerald Esin the Chapter Chairman, Chief Ani Esin the Deputy Chief of Staff to the state governor, Ekeng Inyang SA Strategic Communication to the governor, a representative from Prince Bassey Otu, Akiba Ekpenyong Esq., Benjamin Ene the Special Adviser to Governor on Marine Security including numerous other defectees.