- PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, is locked in a marathon meeting with Senator Akpabio over reported moves by the lawmaker to defect
- The former governor hints that he might defect when he tells supporters at a mega rally that a political party is just a vehicle for winning election
- Adamawa state governor denies funding the presidential rally of Atiku Abubakar
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is reportedly making frantic efforts to dissuade Senator Godswill Akpabio from defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The senator is reported to have fallen out with his successor, Governor Udom Emmanuel and the PDP is making effort not to lose him.
A PDP source told the Nation that the national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, was locked in a marathon meeting with Akpabio in his Asokoro Abuja home at the weekend over the issue.
There are reports that the fallout between Akpabio and his governor followed the alleged unwillingness of Emmanuel to open the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Ikot Ekpene which Akpabio was said to have built and furnished.
Another issue was the said failure of the governor to complete a portion of the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene road.
Akpabio had reportedly hinted that he might defect when he told supporters at a mega rally that a political party is just a vehicle for winning election.
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The senator was reported to have said he would emerge as the winner in whichever party he decided to pitch his tent with in the 2019 elections.
Meanwhile, the governor of Adamawa state, Muhammadu Bindow, has denied funding the Saturday, July 21, rally of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.
He said reports that he spent N70 million to foot the rally where Atiku declared his intention to run for presidency is not true, Premium Times reports.
Bindow, in a statement on Sunday, July 22, by his special adviser press and media affairs, Martins Dickson, described the reports as malicious and an attempt to blackmail him.
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