Reasons the Senate minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio may have decided to dump the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a party he built and nurtured, for the All Progressive Congress (APC), have emerged.
Key political figures in the states have blamed the planned defection of the former governor of the state on some subtle disagreement between the Governor Udom Emmanuel and his predecessor.
The political figure who spoke on condition of anonymity said “It started from the use of the private jet which Akpabio bought for the state to even the names of local government supervisors which Akpabio submitted but the state government turned down.
“The current set of political appointees in the Akwa Ibom are the poorest in history. In the party exco, only two persons have been given official vehicle; the state chairman and one other person. The story is still ‘there is no money, no money.’ Only the governor’s family members are comfortable.”
Reports from the camp of the APC in the state indicates that the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang would be leading the acting president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo to Ikot Ekpene on Wednesday, August 8, to formally welcome Akpabio into the APC.
Akpabio’s defection to APC has remained a recurrent rumour since 2017 when Osinbajo openly invited him to defect to APC during his visit, then also as acting president, to Uyo as part of his tour of the troubled Niger Delta zone.
But it was not until last month during the dual endorsement of Akpabio and Gov. Udom Emmanuel for second term for the senate and governorship positions, that Akpabio’s pro-APC body-language began to take shape, when he openly announced that the party platform upon which he would return to the senate in 2019 was not important.
Though there has not been any official confirmation from Akpabio’s camp, as his spokesman, Mr Anietie Ekong could not be reached when our correspondent called, Akwa Ibom State government .