Akpabio Visits President Buhari In London as He Defects to APC
Although details are still sketchy at best, news coming out of the camp of the All Progressives Congress (APC) reveal that Senator Godswill Akpabio visited President Muhammadu Buhari in the United Kingdom where he is currently on a ten day vacation.
Skeptics have indicated that the meeting between the two is a confirmation of rumours going round in political circles that Akpabio, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator will defect to the APC alongside ten other PDP lawmakers.
Akpabio, represents Akwa Ibom North West District in the Senate under the PDP platform and he is the Senate Minority Leader.
In further confirmation of the rumoured alliance shift the Presidential Liaison to the National Assembly, Senator Ita Enang, on Saturday announced that the APC will receive Akpabio into its fold on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. She wrote on twitter,
“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”
The Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla, had also confirmed the planned defection on Facebook, where he posted a picture of Akpabio and the national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, noting that there will be an APC Rally at Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, to receive the former governor to APC.
Akpabio’s visit to President Buhari comes after a wave of defections from the ruling APC when many of its lawmakers at the National House of Assembly had announced their defection to the PDP.
Senate President Bukola Saraki and three APC governors, Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Abdul Fatah Ahmed of Kwara State and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State had also dumped the APC for PDP
This latest move confirms the fact that the APC leadership is looking to divide the entire south by capturing the South-South through Senator Akpabio in the 2019 General elections.