DEFECTION: Akpabio Meets Tinubu In Abuja
If you had any doubt that former Akwaibom governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio is leaving his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, that doubt should have cleared by now.
It’s the season of defection, and Akpabio is defecting to the APC.
A day after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari in London, the senate minority leader paid a courtesy visit to the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Monday afternoon in Abuja
Tinubu’s spokesperson, Tunde Rahman, later sent photographs of the meeting to the media.
Details of the discussions between the two men were however not disclosed.
Premium Times reports that although disliked by some people because of his ruthless brand of politics, Mr Akpabio is widely respected as one of the most influential politicians in Akwa Ibom and Nigeria’s South-South region.
He handpicked Udom Emmanuel, a former executive director in Zenith Bank, appointed him secretary to the state government, groomed, and later installed him as governor of Akwa Ibom in 2015, despite opposition within his party, the PDP.
He is also responsible for the election and appointment of several people in the state into public offices at state and national levels.
Senator Akpabio’s defection is surprising, coming at a time several APC leaders, including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, have defected to the PDP.
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