Godswill Akpabio officially defected from PDP to APC

Former Akwa Ibom state governor,Senator Godswill Akpabio has officially left the People Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC)at a mega rally held at the Ikot Ekpene township stadium.

The Former Senate minority Leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, on Wednesday pledged to take the people of Akwa Ibom state and the South South to the centre for meaningful visibilty.

Akpabio said that he decided to join a party that would sweep away poverty and impunity. He said that he joined APC to help salvage the country. “The country is at war and all the hands must be on deck to salvage the situation and not to aggravate it. “As keepers of national emergency, everyone should put heads together. I decided to join to emancipate the people and provide succour for the people.’’

He said that the PDP of today has no vision and the leadership is replete with arrogance.

Earlier, the Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere, said that change had come to Akwa Ibom and SouthSouth.

He said that Akwa Ibom has joined the progressive states because the people were dissatisfied with the long misrule of the PDP. He said that Akpabio built the people and provided them with infrastructure but the present PDP government was a failure.

Ekere said that the people have agreed to re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019

Meanwhile, at the Ikot Ekpene township stadium, Senator Akpabio was formally received into the APC by the party’s National Chairman Adams Oshiomole.

Protest rallies rock Akwa Ibom over Akpabio’s defection

Before Akpabio was received into the APC, some stakeholders in the senatorial district gathered at Ritman College to denounce Akpabio’s defection, while also reaffirming their support for Governor Udom Emmanuel.

According to Emmanuel Ibok Essien, former deputy chief whip of the senate and founder of Ritman University, the resignation of Godswill Akpabio as senate minority leader was without the support of the people, adding that his defection was a shameful act.

Essien, who said he was the director general of Akpabio’s senatorial campaign, expressed dismay that the former senate minority leader took the decision to defect without the courtesy of informing him and other dignitaries in the district, maintaining that the people had withdrawn the endorsement and the support they had earlier given to Akpabio.

“Since we heard that Akpabio was going to defect, it has been a shameful thing to us and we as a people have withdrawn the earlier endorsement given to him,’’ he said.

Essien, who addressed the rally at the Ritman College, said his defection would mean a liberation to the people of the area, since according to him, out of the 54 appointments in the district, Akpabio got 34 for the people of his local government area, while Ikot Ekpene got only five.

Several rallies were held on Wednesday in some local governments in Ikot Ekpene senatorial district of Akwa Ibom State against the defection of former governor Godswill Akpabio from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC)

Before Akpabio was received into the APC, some stakeholders in the senatorial district gathered at Ritman College to denounce Akpabio’s defection, while also reaffirming their support for Governor Udom Emmanuel.

According to Emmanuel Ibok Essien, former deputy chief whip of the senate and founder of Ritman University, the resignation of Godswill Akpabio as senate minority leader was without the support of the people, adding that his defection was a shameful act.

Essien, who said he was the director general of Akpabio’s senatorial campaign, expressed dismay that the former senate minority leader took the decision to defect without the courtesy of informing him and other dignitaries in the district, maintaining that the people had withdrawn the endorsement and the support they had earlier given to Akpabio.

“Since we heard that Akpabio was going to defect, it has been a shameful thing to us and we as a people have withdrawn the earlier endorsement given to him,’’ he said.

Essien, who addressed the rally at the Ritman College, said his defection would mean a liberation to the people of the area, since according to him, out of the 54 appointments in the district, Akpabio got 34 for the people of his local government area, while Ikot Ekpene got only five.

He maintained that Udom, who is from Akwa Ibom south senatorial district of the state would serve for eight years since Akpabio from Ikot Ekpene senatorial district had also served for eight years.

Other speakers, including serving commissioners, like the commissioner for science and technology, Nse Essien and chairman of Ibom power company, Etido Inyang, as well as Sunny Ibuot, former chairman of Ikot Ekpene Local government, all denounced Akpabio’s defection, while pledging their support to Governor Udom Emmanuel.

It was gathered that similar rallies were held in all the local government headquarters in the senatorial district as a demonstration of the people against the defection of the former senate minority leader.

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