The PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus has summoned the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio over a comment political observers believe was a subtle message hinting of his planned defection from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Akpabio, it would be recalled, recently declared at a mega rally by the people of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District to endorse him and Governor Emmanuel for second term running, stating that a political party is just a vehicle for winning election, that whichever party he decides to pitch his tent in the 2019 elections, he will emerge a winner to continue to deliver dividends of democracy to his people.
It was reported that the Governor Udom Emmanuel” political observers saw nothing unusual in the statement, but National Legal Adviser of the PDP, Mr. Emmanuel Enoldem, was piqued by the comment and perceived it as an imminent plan by Senator Akpabio to decamp to another party, quickly alerted PDP’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
The Senate Minority Leader, according to a source, is particularly unhappy over how Governor Emmanuel abandoned most of his legacy projects in a bid to undermine him. He is also said to be unhappy over how the governor has abandoned his senatorial district in terms of projects.
The source cited Governor Emmanuel’s wavering in opening the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Ikot Ekpene, which was built by Akpabio and the uncompleted portion of the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene road as some of the reasons why the former governor is not happy with his successor.
New Telegraph gathered at the weekend from the former governor’s camp that arrangement for his planned defection to the ruling party has been concluded and it is only a matter of days before it is officially announced. Akpabio, who represents Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in the Senate, is said to be displeased over how he and his loyalists have been treated by Governor Emmanuel, his anointed successor.