The Presidency has stated that it promised nothing to the Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, to lure him into the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but only assured the two-term former governor of Akwa Ibom state of a sense of belonging, a level-playing field, and all the rights and privileges due an ex-governor.
Recall that Akpabio met a few days ago with President Muhammadu Buhari in London over his planned defection to the APC this week. He also met yesterday with the National Leader of the ruling party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to round off his consultations on the same issue. On Monday, a letter emanated from the lawmaker’s office announcing his resignation as the Senate Minority Leader.
Countering the speculation that Akpabio’s ‘consultations’ were to negotiate his defection with the Presidency and other APC stakeholders, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang told the Nation that: “No condition is attached to Akpabio’s defection from PDP to APC. But we assured him of a level-playing field and a sense of belonging.
“The APC leadership is in the picture and all our leaders, including Asiwaju Tinubu, are fully in support of Sen. Akpabio’s move to our great party.
“We will accord him all the privileges attached to a former governor. Everything is set to receive him on Wednesday.”
Enang added, “The APC has harvested more people from the PDP and other political parties.
“The head of the PDP in the Senate is formally joining the APC family in a big ceremony on Wednesday the 8th of August in Akwa Ibom State.
“So, the head of the PDP who holds all the documents of the PDP, His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio (CON) is coming over with a great team and other minorities will join the APC family and we are good and strong.”