- Lai Mohammed, information and culture minister, said Senator Akpabio’s defection has brightened the chance of the APC in Akwa-Ibom state
- He said Akpabio is a seasoned politician and he knows which party will best represent his people
- President Buhari’s special adviser on National Assembly matters also said Akpabio is an asset to the APC
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the chances of All Progressives Congress (APC) winning the governorship in Akwa Ibom state in the forthcoming general elections is brighter with the defection of Senator Godswill Akpabio to the party.
This came as Senator Ita Enang, special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly matters, told Nigerians on Sunday, August 12, not to listen to allegations from some quarters that Akpabio, who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC was a liability to the ruling party.
Enang made the remark during a chat with newsmen in Calabar, Cross River state, shortly after Prelate and moderator of General Assembly of Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (PCN) Rev. Nzie Nsi Eke, declared open the 23rd General Assembly to mark its 172 years of existence in Nigeria, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the presidential aide while soliciting support from all Nigerians to enable President Buhari quell insurgency, corruption and every other social ill that had slowed down the country’s economy, said Akpabio who left PDP was a great asset to the APC.
He said: “Akpabio was what we could call the certificate of registration of the PDP. We discovered that he had a nationalist posture, considering his pedigree, we had no option other than to approach him. The APC worked so hard to bring him to its fold.
“What we observed was that Akpabio already had a lot of democratic/nationalist credentials in him and was one Nigerian willing to work for the survival of the country and not for his parochial interest. We had to bring him to our party and so light met light. I charge other political parties to cry less.”
Also, Mohammed, who spoke on a TVC Nigeria programme tagged This Morning monitored in Uyo, described as a big blow to the PDP, the defection of Senator Akpabio to the party, noting that the bandwagon effect would spread across the south-south geopolitical zone.
He said: “Akpabio is a seasoned politician and he knows which party will best represent his people. He knows what is best for his people. He has ruled the state for eight-years and anybody who goes to Akwa Ibom will see his imprints in the state.”
Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom state government has accused Senator Akpabio of playing God following the lawmaker’s defection to the APC.
The commissioner for information and strategy, Charles Udoh, said the former governor does not have any cogent reason for leaving the PDP.
Udoh said several people would have followed Akpabio to the APC if the lawmaker had convincing reasons for defecting.
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