Godswill Obot Akpabio, Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West District at the Nigerian Senate has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, for the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.
Akpabio decamped to the APC on Wednesday, August 8 and was welcomed to the ruling party at a rally organised for him by the Akwa Ibom State chapter of the APC.
Among Senators in attendance to welcome the Akwa Ibom North West lawmaker were: Abdullahi Yahaya, Abdullahi Gumel from Jigawa State, Muhammed Sani from Niger State, Gbenga Ashafa from Lagos State and Former Nasarawa Governor, Abdullahi Adamu.
Others were: Senators Abubakar Kyari from Borno State, Babajide Omoworare from Osun State, Magnus Abe from Rivers, Mao Ohabunwa from Edo and Nelson Efiong from Akwa Ibom.
The Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan introduced all the senators that were present at the rally.
Speaking on Akpabio’s defection, Senator Lwawan said: “This defection has swallowed all other defections”.
The Senate Majority Leader noted that this is “one defection that is more than 14”.
“This is a defection that has shaken the Peoples Democratic Party,” Lawan added.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s integrated online media platform, ALEDEH reports that Akpabio’s defection is coming a day after he resigned as the Senate Minority Leader.
Senator Akpabio resigned in a letter dated August 4, 2018, and sent to Deputy Senate Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha.
In the resignation letter which was seen by Nigeria’s integrated online media platform, ALEDEH, Senator Akpabio copied the Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Senate Leader, Senate Minority Whip, Senate Deputy Minority Whip, Clerk of the Senate, Clerk of the National Assembly, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, Prince Uche Secondus and all senators.