Presidency confirms Sen. Akpabio’s defection to APC

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FILE: L-R: Senator Ita Enang, Senator Godswill Akpabio and President Muhammadu Buhari
FILE: L-R: Senator Ita Enang, Senator Godswill Akpabio and President Muhammadu Buhari

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Ita Enang, on Saturday confirmed the defection of a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, from the opposition PDP to the ruling APC.

There has been speculations over the Senate Minority Leader’s defection as the senator shunned the party’s meeting in the past few days.

Mr Enang made the disclosure on his Twitter handle, saying Mr Akpabio would be received on August 8 in Akwa Ibom.

“I’m confirming that the @APCNigeria family as earlier indicated will formally receive H.E @godswill_akpabio on Wednesday August 8, 2018 at an elaborate ceremony in Akwa Ibom State…”

A PDP top notch on Friday night told The Nation that the party has been appealing to the ex-governor not to defect “but we cannot please him and then displease the governor of the state, Deacon Udom Emmanuel, who is the PDP leader in the state.”

There is no love lost between Messrs Akpabio and Emmanuel, who was practically made governor by Mr Akpabio in 2015.

It was learnt that Mr Akpabio had made up his mind to defect on July 24 but was not recognised by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who got wind of his move, to make his intention public.

Notwithstanding, Mr Akpabio showed signs of his departure from the PDP on Thursday when he boycotted the special meeting of the National Executive Committee of the PDP held to welcome defectors including Mr Saraki and governors Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Samuel Ortom of Benue state, among others.