Friday, 10 August 2018

After all Akpabio may just be walking alone, as his defection sparks trouble in APC

According to information reaching our newsroom, the purported mass defection of Godswill Akpabio and the entire Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly members, National Assembly members, Akwa Ibom state executive council etc was just one of Akpabio's display of his political deception on the National leadership of the APC as the defection became a shadow of itself.

The National leadership of All Progressives Congress has raised strong concerns upon the discovery that no serious politician defected with Akpabio to the APC. TDN gathered that they are "not very pleased with Senator Godswill Akpabio over Akpabio's inability to cross over to the APC with as many State House members and commissioners as he promised the party". 

With all the political weight, influence and structure Akpabio is said to have had in Akwa Ibom he only succeeded in dragging his brother Barr. Ibanga Obot Akpabio who is a commissioner in Udom's cabinet and one other commissioner, Mr. Victor Antai who he allegedly planted as a mole in Udom's cabinet. These were the only two persons who joined Akpabio in the APC from the Akwa Ibom State executive council. 

The former governor's representative in the state House of Assembly and the member representing Etim Ekpo/Ika, Mr. Gabriel Toby were the only two members of the House of Assembly to defect with Akpabio. 

Our correspondent gathered that part of the reasons APC national leadership accepted Akpabio's movement into the party was his perceived taunted political weight in the state which he assured the party leadership that he will move with all the House of Assembly members, commissioners, and local government chairmen into APC. 

To the greatest shock of all the National Party executive members, Akpabio could not muster House of Assembly members other than that of his Local Government Mr. Nse Ntuen and Hon. Gabriel Toby, his brother, Ibanga Akpabio and the sacked Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr. Victor Antai. 

Pieces of information at our disposal show that several overtures Akpabio made to the likes of Senator Bassey Albert, the Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke and others could not sail through as most of them believe  Akpabio's movement to APC is not bound on the collective interest of Akwa Ibom people but his personal interest.

As a way of shielding his deceit, Akpabio, while making his speech at his reception into the party, generalized to both the APC leaders and the crowd that all the House of Assembly members, Commissioners, National Assembly members and many other PDP faithful have defected along with him. 

He artfully refused the call that all the House members and National Assembly members be paraded for an official reception for what he described as "want of time". 

Meanwhile, the APC State Caucus Leader, Atuekong Don Etiebet shunned the reception ceremony of the former Governor after receiving the APC National Chairman at the Airport, on the grounds that, it was unthinkable for him to sail in the same political boat with Akpabio who he said has perpetuated enough crime in the State to be in jail. 

Akpabio also, through his political manipulation, ensured that no APC state officer was allowed to speak as none of them was  even recognized. 

One of the party officials expressed disappointment over the act, wondering why State party leaders were treated that way in an event in which Nsima Ekere solely mobilized people from all parts of the state to attend. 

Already, there is a spark of fire on the mountain following Akpabio's outright disregard for the party leadership in the state.