- A former chairman of the PDP in Uruan local government area of Akwa Ibom, Ben Effiong, describes the planned defection of Godswill Akpabio to the APC as a selfish move
- He says the lawmaker’s defection will create friction between some senatorial districts in the state
- Godswill Akpabio reportedly resigns as Senate minority leader
The rumoured planned defection of Senator Godswill Akpabio from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has reportedly created some anxiety in Akwa Ibom state.
The Guardian reports that while some members of the Akwa Ibom APC are actually worried about the awkwardness of receiving a new political friend who once viewed them as enemies of the state, their PDP counterpart view the planned defection of the former governor as a betrayal to the party.
A former chairman of the PDP in Uruan local government area, Ben Effiong, described the planned defection of Akpabio as a selfish move.
“With his exit, the former governor owes Akwa Ibom people, especially members of the PDP an explanation. If a father is married to a wife and has children who are grown up and the father wants to divorce the wife, he should call the grown up children and tell them,” Effiong said.
“If he does not want to explain anything and decides to leave, two things will happen. One, it is God that removes a king and puts another. The second thing is that he is leaving for a reason he alone knows and that has nothing to do with PDP.
“This action will create friction between Eket senatorial district and Ikot Ekpene, because if Eket stood with an Ikot Ekpene man to become governor for eight years and at the end of the day you cannot do the same for Eket, it is deceitful and wrong. Akpabio has destroyed a relationship through his own selfish interest."
However, the APC chairmanship aspirant in Abak local government area, Augustine Edet, said Akpabio’s coming to the party will signal the burial of the PDP.
“It is true that Akpabio is coming. And everywhere in Abak and Akwa Ibom, we are rejoicing. With his coming, we know that PDP is finally buried," Edet said.
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In a related report, Senator Godswill Akpabio has reportedly resigned from his position as minority leader of the Senate.
The lawmaker who has been speculated to be on the verge of leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), reportedly resigned in a letter dated August 4, and addressed to the Senate deputy minority leader, Emmanuel Bwacha, and the PDP lawmakers, The Tribune reports.
Akpabio, however, was said to have declined to state any reason for his purported resignation.
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