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Akpabio seeking refuge in APC, says Ex-A’Ibom Dep Gov

Former Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom, Obong Chris Ekpenyong, has said that former Senate Minority Leader, Chief Godswill Akpabio, was only going on Sabbatical to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC “to seek refuge and forgiveness from his eight years of sleaze as governor of the State”.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Tuesday, Ekpenyong, one of the founding members of the PDP, explained that Akpabio’s, sudden departure from the party that gave him fame and fortune, without consulting his people, was a pointer to the fact that “he (Akpabio) was fleeing from justice”.
It could be recalled that Senator Akpabio, had while decamping to the APC at a ceremony held at Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium, explained that he was a nationalist on a mission to take Akwa Ibom to the larger picture of national politics, explaining that “it would be difficult for my State to have a fair share of national cake while remaining as an opposition”.
He had added that his migration from the PDP, a platform he stood to rule Akwa Ibom for eight years (2007-2015), to the APC was not shield himself from the anti-agency’s long arm, but to join hand with President Muhammadu Buhari, to fix Nigeria.
But Ekpenyong, his kinsman from the same Ikot Ekpene geo-political entity was quick to fault the former Minority Leader, saying the immediate past governor would continue to remain a serial liar, even when his (Akpabio’s) monumental frauds were common knowledge even to the birds.
According to Ekpenyong, Akpabio left for the ruling party to escape justice and to seek more powers “because he is an Emperor, who believes only in himself”.
“Godswill is not used to consulting his people before taking decisions, even when he was the governor. And because he knew that his decision to defect from the PDP to the APC was entirely for his personal interests, he could not consult his people because he knew no one would support him.
“It is time for the people of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District to open their eyes because in 2019, we should not allow ourselves continue to remain under the influence of an emperor and a gangster because no matter how powerful you are, you cannot be greater than your people”.
He disclosed that governor Udom Emmanuel had in the last three years been subsumed under the spell of Akpabio, adding that the former governor was living under the cover of the administration which makes it impossible for the anti-graft agencies to nail the former Senate Minority Leader.
“As it is now, if I were to be Udom Emmanuel, I will expose Akpabio; I will reveal his books because he (Akpabio) should not continue to toss us around.
“He (Akpabio) was the person that called all of us to queue behind Udom and we all obeyed, even when 23 aspirants declared interest for the position. So, if he was no longer comfortable with his choice, he should formally consult and explain why it should be so.
“I don’t feel bad about his exit from the PDP because it is within his right and a big relief for the party. Therefore, every Annang son and daughters should be guided to remain resolute for the PDP in 2019 because this kind of action by Akpabio is not in the interest of the people and Akwa Ibom.
“It would be unfair and unjust for the central government to want to use anti-democratic forces to take over Akwa Ibom State by force”, he said and enjoined the people to rally round governor Emmanuel, especially “now that Akpabio’s overbearing influence has been taken away by God,” he said.

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