…as Osinbajo, Tinubu, others welcome Akpabio to APC
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has described Wednesday defection of Senator Godswill Akpabio to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as unfortunate, saying the lawmaker has by the move, elected to work against his people. ￼
Secondus said it was strange that Akpabio would team up with the ruling party at a time its chieftains were trooping into the fold of the PDP.
A statement by signed by his media adviser, Ike Abonyi quoted Secondus as saying whatever caused Akpabio’s action must have been for self preservation and not borne out of any rational strategic political decision.
He stated that the lawmaker’s decision does not enjoy the blessing of the people of Akwa Ibom whose mandate he enjoyed for eight years as state governor and nearly four years “now” as a senator.
The statement read: “I cannot fathom any reason on earth Senator Akpabio should work against the tide, moving at opposite direction to a place every reasonable persons are escaping from.
“He deserves our pity because whatever would make somebody to chose bad for good is clearly one that he should be prayed for, for salvation especially given the fact that wolves are waiting for his arrival to devour him.
“How on earth can anybody who has his eyes wide open be seen walking into danger knowingly?,” he asked.
Prince Secondus lashed out at the APC, for which he accused for “arm twisting and intimidating people into their drowning boat ostensibly to ruin and disintegrate the person involved.”
He called on the people of Akwa Ibom to be wise and know when to turn their back from a leader directing them to danger.
“I urge you to remain focused and continue to give support to your hard working governor, Emmanuel Udom as he remains unrelenting in the delivering of democracy dividends to the people,” the statement added.
On Wednesday, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole received defecting Senator Godswill Akpabio from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC.
The Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, who led over 30 senators were at the Township Stadium in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State for the event.
Akpabio arrived at the stadium, in company with his wife, at 2:20 p.m., while other leaders of the party arrived later.
The leaders of APC were welcomed by a mammoth crowd, who patiently waited from as early as 7 a.m., for the event slated for 10 a.m., but kicked off over four hours behind schedule.