Planned Defection: Akpabio Meets Buhari In London

Senator Akpabio, President Buhari
Senator Akpabio, President Buhari

Ahead of his planned defection to All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Godswill O. Akpabio, Sunday, had tete a tete with President Muhammadu Buhari who is in London on a 10-day holiday.

Tolu Ogunlesi, a presidential aide made this known in a post on Twitter, confirmed that Akpabio met with the President on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

Akpabio who is a minority leader in the Senate is leaving PDP after about 17 years’ sojourn in the party is representing Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in the Senate.

Already, Senator Ita Enang, a Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), had written in his Twitter post ‘’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.Senator (Dr) ITA ENANG.Presidential Liaison to the National Assembly- Senate.’’

Earlier, Okoi Obono-Obla, the President’s Special Assistant on Prosecution, had earlier told Premium Times that Akpabio, a former Governor and PDP chieftain, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC.

He said “Senator Akpabio is defecting to the APC, you can take that to the bank.”

Sources in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleged that Akpabio is moving to the APC to avoid prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Obono-Obla also revealed that a ceremony will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018, to receive Senator Godswill Akpabio.

It is speculated that Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the acting President and Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman will join other APC bigwigs to formally receive Akpabio, a one-time PDP Governor for Akwa Ibom and PDP Governors’ Forum to their party on Wednesday, August 8.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has mocked the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress, describing them as shameless, despicable and hypocritical for attempting to woo PDP members into its “now discredited and famished fold.”
The PDP describes the move as a failed antic of an apprehended and deflated felon who, in his immoral proclivity, attempts futilely to pull off one last survival stunt before facing the gallows, or more so, a mortally wounded snake furtively seeking for one last bite before its inevitable painful death.
In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said: “The PDP has nothing but pity for the APC, who, in its blind desperation, cannot see that the train has since left the station and that no body, no matter the lure, abandons a cruising liner, which the PDP now represents, to jump into a sinking ship with a disoriented captain which the APC has become.
“Indeed, no one, no matter the enticement, runs into a collapsing building from where terrified, wounded and traumatized people are already taking flight for their dear lives.
“Nigerians can now see the shameless hypocrisy of the APC, which is now going about, cap in hand, to beg the same persons it haunted as corrupt and evil, seeing that it has been overrun by the tides.