- The PDP said it is unaware of Senator Godswill Akpabio's alleged plan to decamp to APC
- The PDP said Akpabio is yet to write to the party to announce his intention to decamp
As the rumour of alleged plan of Godswill Akpabio to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) thickens, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the senator is yet to inform the party of his alleged plan to decamp.
The Sun reports that the PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a telephone interview on Sunday, August 5, said that Akpabio, who is also the Senate Minority Leader, is yet to write to the party.
Ologbondiyan said: “The party is not aware. He has not written to the party to that effect."
However, a prominent member of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) reportedly told Vanguard that speculations on Akpabio's defection is not new but the party has continued to explore ways of handling the situation.
He said: “We have been on this matter for quite a while now and as a party, we have done our best. We are not resting yet and we will do more to make him see reasons to have a second thought.
“Our constitution makes provision for leaving the party which is when there is a crisis or crises leading to the creation of factions. Across all the 36 state chapters, the FCT and the national leadership, we have no parallel executives. So there is no justification for anyone to leave our party for now.
“Deep inside of him, he knows what he is going into. The question is, why is he leaving? Let me add here that the choice is his but we don’t want him to leave because no party will be happy to lose its key member.”
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that 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.
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