The senator representing Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, has attributed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s loss in the February 23 presidential election to his defection from the party.
The senator made this known on a Channels Television programme on Sunday.
He said that as a former Senate Minorty Leader under the PDP, he went with thousands of party members when he decided to ditch the party and move to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akpabio said that the thousands that left with him depleted the ranks of the PDP and made the party unable to win the election.
He added that even if he had stayed with the party, PDP would have been unable to defeat APC’s presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari because Nigerians wanted continuity.
Reacting to the loss of his senatorial seat, Akpabio said the results of his senatorial district were deliberately mutilated to deprive him of a return to the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
Recall that PDP’s Chris Ekpenyong defeated Akpabio in the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Ekpenyong scored 118,215 votes to defeat Akpabio, who secured 83,158.
But Akpabio, who has since approached an Abuja High Court to attempt to stop INEC from issuing Ekpenyong a certificate of return, said he was robbed in the election.
He said, “Those responsible, whether the REC in Akwa-Ibom State or those he instructed know the reality, my plea now is that they should announce my result.
“The reality is that I am asking for justice. Am saying that INEC should be bold enough to do the right thing.”