The Presidency has opened up on how it begged and wooed Senator Godswill Akpabio to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
This much was made known by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters, Senate, Senator Ita Enang, who revealed that the former Senate Minority Leader and two-term Governor of Akwa Ibom State was ‘approached’ and convinced to decamp from PDP because of his nationalistic posture and great influence in the political landscape of the oil-rich south-south state.
Enang who spoke to newsmen in Calabar, Cross River State, stated that acquiring Akpabio is a great asset to the APC and that he will surely deliver the state to the party in 2019.
“Akpabio was what we could call the certificate of registration of the PDP. We discovered that he had a nationalist posture, considering his pedigree, we had no option other than to approach him.
The APC worked so hard to bring him to its fold. What we observed was that Akpabio already had a lot of democratic and nationalist credentials in him and was one Nigerian willing to work for the survival of the country and not for his parochial interest.
We had to bring him to our party and so light met light. I charge other political parties to cry less,” Enang said during the interaction with the media men.
Akpabio who represents Akwa Ibom North West in the Senate formalized his defection from the PDP to the APC on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at the Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium after a lot of speculation had followed the move.
On August 4, he had resigned his position as the Senate Minority Leder with many saying that he was preparing grounds to contest to become the Senate President.