- Olisah Metuh, former publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party calls on Nigerians to pray for Senator Godswill Akpabio
- He says Nigerians should pray for the senator, who is the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom state, to make the right decision
- He says he doesn't want to believe the unconfirmed report of the senator's defection
The former national publicity secretary of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has called on Nigerians to pray for Senate minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, over his alleged defection from the opposition party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
NAIJ.com gathers that Metuh took to his Facebook page to express his dissatisfaction over Akpabio's unconfirmed defection, saying if it was true, he couldn't fathom his reasons for defecting.
Metuh said: "I still do not want to believe the unconfirmed reports. Two weeks ago, I was present during a heated exchange on the allegation of this defection and a warrior governor completely went on the offensive. I stood with Senator Godswill Akpabio.
"I stood with the Akpabio who did well as a PDP governor, I stood with the Akpabio whose brilliance and oratory in espousing the ideals of our great party is second to none, I stood with the Akpabio who inspired, encouraged and motivated our new media team then under the leadership of Deji Adeyanju and Henry Shield (I still remember his admonition to them never to give up or surrender on account of actual or perceived persecution) and I will forever stand with the Akpabio who uncommonly transformed and elevated the plight, vision, perception and indeed the lives of his people.
"If this rumour is true, I cannot second guess his reasons.Many have claimed it has to do with threats of ...."
Metuh said it is a lonely road when one is visited with state-sponsored media trial, adding that one's family name and reputation would be tarnished in falsehood if such happens.
He said: "It is a lonely road when some of those you hoped will defend, console and support you are frightened even to assist in any manner whatsoever. Indeed it is a difficult path to tread when you envisage that they might even deny you access to prescribed medical treatments. But then, you are Godswill Akpabio, the uncommon governor. If lesser mortals have survived, how much more the lion of the south"
Metuh pleaded with members of the opposition party to remember Akpabio, who he said contributed much to the growth and image of the party.
He added: "We do not have the culture of denigrating our members when they choose to exercise their democratic right of freedom of association. If Akpabio leaves, I do not think he can criticize our party, he will find it difficult and will need more than a life time to explain and/or justify such a decision.
"In the meantime, Please do join me to pray for my friend and brother, Senator Godswill Akpabio to make the right decision in this circumstance."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that APC newspaper revealed that Senate minority leader and former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio, defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The APC newspaper reported this on their Facebook page in two different posts on Saturday, August 4.
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