The former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio on Tuesday told the Federal High Court in Abuja that he moved to the All Progressive Congress (APC) after he was nearly rendered ‘a political orphan’ by his former party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This is sequel to a suit seeking his removal and that of 53 other members of the National Assembly.
Defending his action, Akpabio said he saw the handwriting on the wall sometime in July 2018, when he was suspended at the ward level by PDP.
Akpabio through his counsel, Sunday Ameh, tendered two exhibits before Justice Abang which include a suspension letter from the PDP and later an expulsion from the party at the local government level.
He had urged the court not to declare his seat vacant in line with section 68 (I) (g) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), noting that he was expelled at the local government level in August 2018, in a bid to frustrate his bid to be re-elected to represent Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district.
Also, counsel to the plaintiff, Jubril Okutekpa (SAN) urged the court to disregard Akpabio’s explanations and punish him for engaging in ‘political prostitution.’