The National leadership of All Progressives Congress is 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.
Akpabio’s brother, Barr. Ibanga Akpabio and one commissioner who he allegedly planted as a mole in Gov. Udom Emmanuel’s cabinet 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 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 who was planted as a mole in Governor Udom’s administration by Akpabio.
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 binded 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, generalised 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 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 all of them were not 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 maintain following Akpabio’s outright disregard to the party leadership in the state.