REVEALED: Why Senator Akpabio Is Dumping PDP For APC


Why Akpabio is defecting to APC ON AUGUST 6, 20183:06 AMIN NEWS106 COMMENTS A-Ibom on edge as Akpabio’s defection looms By Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Dirisu Yakubu

Last minute efforts to restrain the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, from defecting to All Progressives Congress, APC, from Peoples Democratic Party, PDP were, yesterday, ongoing amidst mutual allegations between him and his successor, Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Sources close to Senator Akpabio, now the Senate Minority Leader, raised allegations of insubordination, among others, against Governor Emmanuel for Akpabio’s determination to leave the party that had been personified by him in his state.

Associates of the governor, however, dismissed the claim, affirming that Emmanuel has regularly genuflected before Akpabio, describing him at several fora as his political mentor in the affairs of governance and party administration.

One associate of Emmanuel, however, surmised that if he defects it would mean that “the king has decided to dance naked.” After months of anxiety, news of Akpabio’s imminent defection from the PDP swept through the social media last weekend following a post on the face book page of Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution.

Mr. Obono-Obla had in his facebook page wrote: “There shall be an APC Rally at Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Abasi Ibom State on Thursday, the 9th August 2018 to receive the former indefatigable governor of the state, His Excellency, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to All Progressives Congress!

Acting President Osinbajo accompanied by Senator Ita Enang and leaders of the APC in Akwa Ibom will formally receive Senator Godswill Akpabio into the APC at Ikot Ekpene Stadium on Thursday, August 9, 2018.”

Obono-Obla’s involvement in announcing the defection had sparked insinuations that Akpabio was being hounded to defect because of his ongoing fraud trials at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

However, that claim was strongly rebuffed by Akpabio’s associates, who, yesterday, affirmed that his potential movement was being instigated by other factors. They wondered if it was the EFCC that hounded Ortom, Saraki and other defectors out of their respective parties.

Among the claims of the former governor’s associates were that his successor does not respect him and had treated him with contempt.

An associate of the governor, however, affirmed that should Akpabio go ahead to defect that it could be his greatest mistake in life as, according to him, it would mean that “the king has decided to dance naked in public.”


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