- An APC chieftain, John Udoedehe, has expressed happiness over the defection of Senator Godswill Akpabio to the ruling party
- He said he had accepted the defection, as it had been accepted by the party’s national leadership
- Udoedehe had worked for Akpabio’s election as governor in 2007; but had subsequently fallen out with the latter
The defection of Senator Godswill Akpabio from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been welcomed by a chieftain of the ruling party, John Udoedehe.
In a chat with Premium Times, Udoedehe, a former senator, expressed happiness that he had remained faithful to the APC despite being mocked for building the party in Akwa Ibom state.
NAIJ.com gathers that he also stated that he had accepted the speculated defection, as it had been accepted by the national leadership of the party.
He said: “When I brought the opposition party to Akwa Ibom, they were laughing at me. Today, they are celebrating with me.
“What a fulfillment! I am happy that I am alive to witness it.”
Udoedehe had previously fallen out with Akpabio and left the PDP for the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN); despite having worked for the governor’s election in 2007.
He subsequently emerged as the ACN’s governorship candidate and contested the 2011 election against Akpabio; an election which he lost.
In March 2011, Udoedehe and members of his campaign team were also violently attacked in Ikot Ekpene, by thugs suspected to have been hired by the PDP.
Thereafter, he was arrested, detained, and charged to court for murder and arson by the Akwa Ibom state Government, but was eventually discharged and acquitted.
He said of the incident: “What can you do? You use the spirit of Christ to forgive everyone. All those that Akpabio used against me are also in APC today.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the defection of Senator Godswill Akpabio to the All Progressives Congress was described as “the beginning of the end of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party."
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, a chieftain of the APC in Rivers, made the prediction in a statement on Monday, August 6, in Port Harcourt.
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