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Akpabio’s Reason For Leaving PDP Not Convincing – Commissioner



The Akwa Ibom State commissioner for information and strategy, Charles Udoh, has stated that the former governor of the state, Chief Akpabio, does not have any convincing reason for leaving the People’s Democratic Party.

Udo, who spoke in Uyo, explained that Akpabio’s leaving the party is all about choice. ‘‘If you talk about respect, Governor Udom Emmanuel is somebody who would not use foul language on anybody. In public, he calls him sir, my mentor. So, you now wonder why the issue of Governor Udom, who is doing great things in the state, should be the reason why the senator dumps his party for APC.

‘‘Whosoever God ordained to bring Udom to power was a vessel. So, if you don’t recognise that God has placed you in that position, you are playing God and you cannot play God. If he had a cogent reason, more people will have followed him. After all, he nominated 70 per cent of the members of the state executive council and has more followers in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

In another development, the Akwa Ibom State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party has urged the PDP ward chairman of Ukana West 2 and other wards, to delete the name of the senator and others who defected with him to the APC, from the registers of the party.

Besides, the party has also resolved to take legal actions to activate the provision of section 68 of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria (1999 as amended) as it relates to the erring legislators.

In a statement signed by the state publicity secretary of the party, Ini Ememobong, and titled “Goodbye Sen Godswill Akpabio,” which was made available to newsmen in Uyo, the party urged the respective ward chairmen to delist also those Akpabio showcased as co-defectors.

‘‘With the speech of H.E Sen.Godswill Akpabio announcing his resignation from our great party, The People’s Democratic Party and indicating his immediate membership of the ruling party in the country, the state executive committee has directed the ward chairman of our party in Ukana West 2 of Essien Udim local government area to delete his name from the membership register of our party.

‘‘For the few persons (all of whom were his personal staff, relatives or former employees) whom he showcased as co-defectors, their respective ward chairmen are charged to immediately delist them from our register.

‘‘We thank the senator for showing gratitude to us for making him who he was until his defection but strongly reject the assertion that the entire members of the national and state assemblies were joining him. That was either a very expensive joke or an outright lie, both of which we take serious exceptions to.’’