- meetings Buhari in London to perfect plans
By Ehi Ekhator
There are speculations that a former governor of Akwa Ibom State now Senator at the National Assembly, Mr. Godswill Akpabio has perfected plans to dump his party, the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress.
Premium Times had reported and later confirmed by Thisday Newspaper that Akpabio had met with eminent members of the ruling party to complete the transition.
Information gathered so far indicated that the former Governor is either blackmailed to join APC or he has a plan of his own to succeed the Senate President, Bukola Saraki who the APC is compelling to step down for defecting to the PDP.
Another report indicated that Akpabio is being blackmailed to join the APC as the party showed him the files of his atrocities while he was the governor of Akwa Ibom.
The news of Akpabio defection started last week but the process was said to be delayed because he was negotiating for some “favourable terms” for himself and his political supporters in the state.
It is rumoured that the former governor is negotiating for the position of the Senate president and also to have control, as the APC leader in the state and the party political structure handover to him.
Both reports confirmed that the former governor met with the President who is currently in the United Kingdom for a 10-day vacation.
The former Akwa IIbom State Governor had earlier met with Osinbajo in Abuja last week, in what is believed to be to a move to properly situate his defection plan.
Meanwhile, a Presidential aide confirmed on his Facebook wall on Saturday that the Senate Minority leader is set to leave the PDP on Thursday this week.
Special Assistant on Prosecution to President Muhammadu Buhari, Okoi Obono-Obla, posted on Facebook, Saturday night, that Akpabio will be received by the Acting President Prof Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday 9th August.
He said “There shall be an APC Rally at Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Abasi Ibom State on Thursday the 9th August 2018 to receive the former indefatigable Governor of the State, His Excellency, Senator Godswill Akpabio to the All Progressives Congress! Acting President Osinbajo accompanied by Senator Ita Enang and leaders of the APC in Akwa Ibom will formally receive Senator Godswill Akpabio into the APC at Ikot Ekpene Stadium on Thursday, August 9, 2018. “
However, a source within the PDP was said to have confirmed Akpabio’s plan but described the former governor as a mole the party had to deal with over time. The source was said to have disclosed that Akpabio has divulged all the party’s plans and strategies to the opposition in an alleged attempt to secure protection from prosecution.
The source was reported to have said “we believe, were limited. But he had done so much damage to us. He was our biggest mole. He held strategy meetings with us and went back to divulge all to the APC just to save face. We won’t miss him; he can go.
“However, the one thing that his defection will prove to Nigeria is the hypocrisy of the ruling party. We will see their reaction and that of their supporters, who almost killed those who left the APC to join the PDP recently. We are waiting to see the fallout and this is, indeed, interesting.”