Former Minority Leader in the senate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio has disclosed why he left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akpabio, who represents Akwa Ibom North-West senatorial district, made this known at the Ibom International Airport, Uyo on Tuesday while speaking briefly with the media.
The senator was received by thousands of his supporters in the state, including two serving commissioner – Mr. Victor Antai, Commissioner for Culture and Tourism and Mr. Ibanga Akpabio, Commissioner for Labour and Productivity.
Also at the airport to receive the former Akwa Ibom governor were two members of the House of Representatives, Emmanuel Ekon (Abak Federal Constituency) and Emmanuel Akpan (Ikot Ekpene Federal Constituency).
Akpabio, who recently resigned as Minority Leader said he left the PDP over its unfair reward system.
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He said that the party recently welcomed with open arms the same people that contributed to its excruciating defeat in 2015.
The senator further accused the PDP of relegating to the background those that laboured to keep it afloat while promising the new returnees automatic tickets.
Akpabio, who described himself as now more of a statesman than a politician, said there was also a need for him to team up with President Muhammadu Buhari to move the nation forward in this critical time in the nation’s history.
Speaking with journalists, Akpabio said, “I am back to formally inform my people of the need to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure peace and stability and move the nation forward. I am not just a politician, but a statesman whose major interest is the progress and prosperity of the country.”