The erstwhile Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-West, Aloysius Etok, has declared that it would take a long time for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to reclaim power at the centre following its inglorious fall from the top.
Speaking on Thursday in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, Etok, who was one of the prominent politicians in the state that recently defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC), attributed the problem facing the opposition party to impunity that characterized the leadership of the party.
Recall that Etok, a two-term senator, lose his bid to return to the Red Chamber for a third term as former Governor of the State, Godswill Akpabio, clinched the PDP ticket and later went on to win elections to represent the senatorial district.
The former senator, who noted that lawlessness and impunity in the party were major reasons many people are leaving the party, also faulted the claim by the PDP in Akwa Ibom that even if election was conducted 100 times it will win, saying the party has failed to understand that times have changed.
According to him: “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 time.
“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”.