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. Sen@itaenanglaw2.com.’’
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.