Senator Godswill Akpabio’s personal aides, have handed over their resignation letters ahead of his planned defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The four Personal Aides to the Senate Minority Leader and Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, reportedly disclosed their position during a meeting of Stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in Abak.
Led by Barr. Utibe Nwoko, Senior Legislative Aide, others are; Chief (Barr) Moses Akpan, Kufre Ini-ima, Prince Ukandu Ukpe, it was gathered that the four aides represent the four federal constituencies of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District.
Senator Godswill Akpabio’s personal aides disassociated themselves from any planned defection of the Senator to the All Progressives Congress (APC), and pledged their unalloyed support to the reelection of Governor Udom Emmanuel in 2019.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla, posted a message on Facebook, Saturday night, stating that Mr Akpabio will be received into APC on Thursday by the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and other top leaders of the party at a rally in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom state.
Mr. Obono-Obla also posted on the social media site a photo of Mr Akpabio with an APC leader, Bola Tinubu, while President Buhari’s media aide, Bashir Ahmed shared a photo of the Senator in London with President Buhari. Information has been making the rounds since last week that Mr Akpabio, who is a former governor of Akwa Ibom, was perfecting his plan to leave the PDP.
There were speculations that the defection was delayed because Mr Akpabio was negotiating for some “favourable terms” for himself and his political supporters in the state. It is claimed that the senator was asking for the position of the senate president, and also that he should be made the APC leader in the state and the party political structure handed over to him.