Godswill Akpabio, the senator representing Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom State, has officially dumped the People’s Democratic Party, PDP and joined the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
At a rally in Ikot Ekpene on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, Senator Akpabio, who earlier in the week resigned his position as the leader of the minority at the Senate, was received to the party by Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the APC and at least 30 chieftains of the party.
Akpabio, who is the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State, said that he made a decision to join the ruling APC when he discovered that President Muhammadu Buhari is a man of “integrity and a nationalist”.
He pledged to take the people of Akwa Ibom State and the South South “to the centre for meaningful visibility, marking what appears to have set off rivalry between he and Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation.
Amaechi, a former Rivers governor, until now was the most relevant chieftain of the APC from the South South.
Senator Akpabio said that he decided to join a party that would sweep away poverty and impunity and that he said that he joined APC to help salvage the country.
“The country is at war and all the hands must be on deck to salvage the situation and not to aggravate it,” the former PDP Governors Forum chairman said.
“As keepers of national emergency, everyone should put heads together. I decided to join to emancipate the people and provide succour for the people.’’
He said that the PDP of today has no vision and the leadership is replete with arrogance.
Earlier, the managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NNDC, Nsima Ekere, said that change had come to Akwa Ibom and South South.
He said that Akwa Ibom has joined the progressive states because the people were dissatisfied with the long misrule of the PDP. Interesting Senator Akpabio was a key player in the first 16-year rule of Akwa Ibom by the PDP, he served as a commissioner for 8 years and was governor for the next 8 years.
He said that Akpabio built the people and provided them with infrastructure but the present PDP government was a failure.
Ekere said that the people have agreed to re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Ahmed Lawan, the Senate majority leader at the rally, described Senator Akpabio as “a nationalist and patriot who believes in Nigeria’s unity”.
“This defection surpasses all other defections,” Senator Lawan said. “This is a defection that has shaken the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.”
“They followed Akpabio everywhere to prevent him from defecting but he ignored them,” he alleged.